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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

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

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Boxing, Narrative and Culture: Critical Perspectives, Crews, S., Lennox, P. 16 Oct 2023
  • Ducking and Diving: Why Boxing Clubs Hit the Targets Other Sports Cannot Reach in Deprived Communities, Barrett, D., Edmondson, L., Millar, R., Lennox, P. 16 Oct 2023, Boxing, Narrative and Culture, London, Routledge
  • Influencer Boxing: Authenticity and the Quest for Redemption, Lennox, P. 16 Oct 2023, Boxing, Narrative and Culture, London, Routledge
  • On Blood, Crews, S., Lennox, P. 2 Jan 2023, In: Performance Research
  • Taking a Knee: haunted memetic counter-activism, Lennox, S. 13 Jul 2022, In: Visual Communication
  • Staging the Boxing Ring as Heterotopia in Marco Ramirez's The Royale, Lennox, S. 20 Aug 2021, Sports Plays, London, Taylor & Francis
  • 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

Anthea Moys Ambidlala: Towards a method of refluxivity in play Start Date: 01/10/2018 End Date: 19/11/2022

  • 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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