New publication: Interdisciplinarity in the Performing Arts: Contemporary Perspectives

Type of post: Association news item
Posted By: Glen McGillivray
Status: Current
Date Posted: Mon, 16 Jul 2018
Dr Stefan Aquilina (Theatre Studies) and Dr Malaika Sarco-Thomas (Dance Studies), both of the School of Performing Arts of the University of Malta, have recently co-edited the publication Interdisciplinarity in the Performing Arts: Contemporary Perspectives (Malta University Press). The volume contributes to current discussion about the intrinsic interdisciplinary nature of the performing arts, while also identifying the potential which theatre, dance, and music have in creating bridges with other disciplines like neuroscience, social sciences, philosophy, pedagogy, and therapy.
Featuring contributions from KU Leuven (Belgium), Royal Holloway (London), Ghent University, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the University of Malta, and Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland), Interdisciplinarity in the Performing Arts explores questions brought forward by approaches to performance that interweave theory and practice, through examples of methodologies, philosophies, interpretations, and applications of interdisciplinarity today. It should be of interest to scholars, practitioners, and students engaged in advancing practice and knowledge beyond the safety of segregated and well-trodden academic pathways.

In this pertinent new volume, Aquilina and Sarco-Thomas bring together a timely collection of essays that articulate the potential, the potency, and the problem solving encountered in interdisciplinary research across the performing arts. Sharing methodological findings across a range of projects intersecting with neuroscience, philosophy, and the social sciences, this is a wide-ranging and persuasively argued book that engages with the practices and pedagogies of interdisciplinarity across both creative and academic arenas.
-- Professor Maria M. Delgado, Director of Research of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London)?

This is an immensely valuable collection that provides a much-needed contribution to understanding the nature of interdisciplinarity in the performing arts. Aquilina and Sarco-Thomas have selected and carefully structured a diverse range of case studies, rooted in historical, philosophical, and critical discourses, bringing welcomed attention to a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary practices and scholarly enquiries. Accessible, engaging, and occasionally provocative, the book will be an important reference point.
-- Professor Sarah Whatley, Director of the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at the University of Coventry

For more information about the book, including details on how to purchase it, please visit:

The editors can be reached on or