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Dr Solomon Lennox

Head of Department

Department: Arts

Dr Solomon Lennox is Head of Department - Arts, at Northumbria University. He was previously the Head of Subject for Drama. Lennox joined Northumbria in 2014 from the University of East London. 

Lennox has an established history of engagement with professional scholarly organisations. He is the former Treasurer of the Standing Conference of University Drama Departments (SCUDD). He is Archivist and on the Board of Directors for Performance Studies international (PSi) and Co-Convenor for the Bodies and Performance Working Group for the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) 

Solomon Lennox

Campus Address

004 Lipman Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Lennox's research focuses on the impact of the performance of shared narrative resources. His research investigates the relationship between narrative resources, repeated physical gestures (such as boxing training, or kneeling in protest) and the enactment of identity. His work is aligned to the fields of performance studies, narrative inquiry, and ethnography. Lennox is the co-author of the monograph Boxing and Performance, the first resource to present a typology of boxing’s narrative resources and to place the experience of male and female fighters in dialogue. Lennox continues to work with his long-standing research collaborator, Dr Sarah Crews (University of South Wales) to explore the impact of the narrative myths on the embodied experience of boxing. Lennox and Crews are currently developing research around the visibility of activism within boxing.  
Lennox is published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and edited collections in the fields of performance studies, sport and performance, visual communications, medical humanities, and actor training. He is currently working on a sole-authored monograph, tentatively titled, The Performance of Activism. The work develops a performance analysis methodology for the analysis of social media representations of race, racism, and anti-racist activism.
Lennox currently contributes to three PhD projects. He is the principal supervisor for Anthea Moys and her project ‘Ambiguity and Antiracists Practices of Play in Flux Sports’, a practice-as-research PhD. He is part of the supervision team for Cameron Craggs' CDA, ‘Recreating History’, where Craggs is developing AI and VR technologies and software to (re)create and make visible the often-hidden history of women's boxing. Lennox is also part of the supervision team for Craig Green's CDA, ‘The Emergent Theatre’, where Green is building AI systems to produce an immersive and user-led theatrical experience.   
Lennox's research interests include:

  • Narrative identity
  • Narrative inquiry
  • Performance and activism
  • Ethnography
  • Performance ethnography
  • Performance studies
  • Sport and performance
  • Combat sports
  • Boxing
  • Hauntology

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Taking a Knee: haunted memetic counter-activism, Lennox, S. 21 Feb 2022, In: Visual Communication
  • Boxing and Performance: Memetic Hauntings, Crews, S., Lennox, S. 30 Nov 2020
  • Boxing, Bourdieu and Butler: repetitions of change, Crews, S., Lennox, P. 3 May 2020, In: Studies in Theatre and Performance
  • DOC: The Narrative Performance of Expertise, Lennox, S., Pettit, F. 25 Feb 2016, Performance and the Medical Body, London, Bloomsbury
  • Essai: Liminal spaces and experimental practices in the Warrior Muay Thai training camp, Lennox, S. 31 Oct 2016, In: Theatre, Dance and Performance Training
  • Take Your Seats: an interdisciplinary practice research event curated by Liz Pavey investing the relationship between chairs, sitting and embodiment, Pavey, E., Morehead, S., Arnfield, J., Turner, P., Atkinson, D., Lennox, S., Rubidge, T., Pagliaro, L., Street, K., Kennedy, A., Kerr, D., Kefala-Kerr, J., Rann, K., Hoile, C., Hoile, M., Blades, H., Hubbold, G., Driscoll, T., Bratby, B., Eatough, A. 6 Feb 2016
  • The boxer–trainer, actor–director relationship: an exploration of creative freedom, Lennox, S., Rodosthenous, G. 7 Feb 2016, In: Sport in Society
  • The training of boxer-entertainers in Brendan Ingle's gym, Lennox, S. 25 Jun 2012, In: Theatre, Dance and Performance Training

PGR Supervision

Anthea Moys Exploring the potential of play to uphold or interrupt white supremacy: a practice-as-research thesis which adopts a performance studies approach to play, informed by the principles of Flux Sports. Start Date: 01/10/2018


  • PhD December 31 2012
  • Drama MFA July 01 2008
  • Drama BA (Hons) July 01 2003
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014

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