Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca

Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca

Head of DAS Graduate School
Lector DAS Research
DAS Research
DAS Graduate School

Lector and Head of DAS Research
Head of THIRD Programme
Head of DAS Graduate School


Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca is Lector and Head of DAS Graduate School at the Academy of Theatre and DanceAmsterdam University of the Arts in the Netherlands. 

Her current research includes: the NWO-Route Kunst funded project Climate Imaginaries at Sea (2022-2024) where she leads the artistic research studios on Indigenous and global South perspectives through collaborations with Mexican-Chilean choreographer Amanda Piña and Villa Zapakara, a children's museum based in Paramaribo, Suriname. Past projects include: Performance Philosophy & Animals: Towards a Radical Equality (2019-2022). 

Together with ATD associate researcher Florence Fitzgerald-Allsopp, she is currently editing the book Interspecies Performance for Performance Research books (forthcoming 2023). Previous books include: The Routledge Companion to Performance Philosophy (Routledge, 2020) and Encounters in Performance Philosophy (Palgrave, 2014), both co-edited with Alice Lagaay; Theatres of Immanence: Deleuze and the Ethics of Performance (Palgrave, 2012); Manifesto Now! Instructions for Performance, Philosophy, Politics (Intellect, 2013), co-edited with Will Daddario; and Deleuze and Performance (Edinburgh, 2009).

She is a founding core convener of the international research network, Performance Philosophy, joint series editor of the Performance Philosophy book series with Rowman & Littlefield, and an editor of the open access Performance Philosophy journal. Laura originally trained as an artist at the Slade School of Art in London and presented performances internationally including Tanzquartier Wien (2015); ICA London (2008); Serpentine Gallery, London (2008, with the artists’ collective, SpRoUt); and TATE Britain (2003). 


Cull Ó Maoilearca, Laura (2022) "Unlearning Anthropocentrism in Performance Studies. Towards an interspecies ethics of knowledge" (2022), in Animalperformance studies, edited  by Laura Budriesi (Accademia UniversityPress/Mimesis journal books: Torino), pp.53-69 


Cull Ó Maoilearca, Laura (2022) ‘How Do Nonhuman Animals Make Art? Art as a Practice of Interspecies Questioning’, edited by Anna Kawalec, Annals of Cultural Studies: What is Art? Horizons of Creator and Recipient, Vol 13 No 4 (2022), pp. 59-64                    


Mario Lopes, Flavia Pinheiro and Tom Oliver with Cull Ó Maoilearca, Laura (2022) (eds.) Special Section: South Boom Boom, Performance Philosophy journal, Vol.7 No. 2 (2022), pp.173-239


Cull Ó Maoilearca, Laura (2021) ‘Done Dying: Thinking alongside Every   house has a door’, in Art Disarming Philosophy: Non-Philosophy & Aesthetics,   edited by Steven Shakespeare, Gary Anderson and Niamh Malone (London:    Rowman & Littlefield), pp. 97-130. 


Cull Ó Maoilearca, Laura and Tartaglia, James (2021) ‘A Dialogue on / in   Performance Philosophy’, Human Affairs journal, Issue 6, October 2021, pp.   370-379. 


Cull Ó Maoilearca, Laura and Lagaay, Alice (eds.) (2020) The Routledge   Companion to Performance Philosophy (London/New York: Routledge) 


Shah, Rajni and Cull Ó Maoilearca, Laura (eds.) (2021) “how to think”,   Performance Philosophy, Vol. 6 No. 1 (February 2021 


Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca and Sher Doruff (2021) “Utopian? Perhaps. Impossible? I would not bet against it.” In Hinterlands. How to do transdisciplinarity? Edited by Jeroen Boomgaard, Katie Clarke & Nienke Scholts, Published by ARIAS, ISBN: 9789464372939  pp.18-33 

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