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Professor Teresa Murjas

Teresa Murjas
  • Research Impact Lead (Film, Theatre & Television)
  • Academic Champion for Public Engagement with Research (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)

Areas of interest

I am a Professor in the Department of Film, Theatre & Television, where I also serve as Research Impact Lead. I am one of two Academic Champions for Public Engagement with Research at the University of Reading, working alongside my colleague Dr Mark Dallas. Together, we run a Community of Practice for colleagues across the University, who are interested in collectively strengthening our public engagement and impact profiles. In both my teaching and my research, I have worked with a wide variety of collaborators and participants, including in the museums and heritage sector, in community and healthcare settings, and in the fields of translation and spoken language interpreting. A key aspect of my profile is my interest in both practice-as-research and inter-disciplinary collaboration.


  • Artistic research/practice-led research
  • Migration and forced displacement
  • Memory, materiality and the archive
  • Intangible cultural heritage
  • Translation and interpreting
  • Digital humanities
  • European theatre


Please follow the links below for information about my collaborative artistic research:

Postgraduate supervision

I have supervised twelve PhD students to successful completion and have previously held the role of Director of Postgraduate Research in the department. Most of the projects I supervise are practice-led, and a number have been cross-disciplinary (for example, with Film and Art). They focus predominantly on theatre and performance in relation to the following themes: politics and identity; storytelling, autobiography, and archives; neurodiversity, disability and mental health; migration and forced displacement; hybrid-media practice, inter-mediality, and adaptation; post-conflict and post-memory; tangible and intangible cultural heritage.


I have taught on and convened a range of BA and MA modules including:

  • World Theatres
  • Practical Option: Theatre
  • Representing Conflict on Stage and Screen

Research centres and groups

As a creative practitioner I have collaborated with diverse artists and organisations, including: The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL); Reading Museum; The National Archives (TNA); Research Libraries UK (RLUK); Opening Knowledge across Research & Entertainment (OKRE); UNESCO Chair Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts (RILA); the Polish Cultural Centre, London (POSK); the Polish Cultural Institute, London (PCI); UNIVERSEUM European Academic Heritage Network; Around the Well Interpreters’ Theatre; Peeling Onions with Granny Artists’ Collective; Essex Book Festival.


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