Interface: Collaborative Touch - A discussion between sport and performance

  • 1-2pm
  • Online (via Zoom)
  • Free
  • Booking required
  • Open to all
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This event is free but booking is essential. The event will take place on Zoom and details of how to join the session will be emailed in advance. 

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LU Arts
Talk, Discussion, Workshop

Sport and artistic performance have a long, intertwined history. Despite this, they are so often regarded as separate.

This roundtable event brings together five academics/practitioners with a view to reimagining that most potent of presences in sport and performance: the body.

The contributors are Tom Dawkins (wrestler, as Cara Noir, contemporary performer and fitness coach), Claire Heafford (former UK gymnast and bobsledder, wrestler and performer), Dominic Malcolm (Reader in the Sociology of Sport and author of The Concussion Crisis in Sport), Gareth McNarry (Para-swimming lead at Loughborough Sport with a doctorate in swimming embodiment) and Claire Warden (Senior Lecturer in English and Drama and co-editor of Performance and Professional Wrestling).

They will discuss a range of interests and concerns including pain, discomfort, the fraught notion of work, touch and haptic communication.

This event is part of Interface: a week of discussions and events that showcase interdisciplinary practice. Individual events are listed under 'What's On'.


This event will take place via Zoom and automatic closed captioning (subtitles) will be available. Find out more about Zoom’s accessibility features.

If you have any specific accessibility requirements, then please email us in advance and we will do our best to accommodate these (

Attendees will be asked to respect a safer spaces policy which will be outlined at the start of the event.


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