Dr. Frederik Le Roy

Short biography

Dr. Frederik Le RoyFrederik Le Roy is currently a Post-Doctoral Assistant at the department of Art History, Musicology and Theatre Studies at Ghent University. He is a member of Studies in Performing Arts & Media (Ghent University) and the Research Centre for Visual Poetics (University of Antwerp). He holds degrees in Philosophy (Catholic University of Leuven, 2003) and Performance Studies and Film (Ghent University, 2005) and was visiting research student at the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley in 2006.

In 2012 he obtained his doctoral degree at Ghent University with a dissertation entitled Verknoopte tijd, verfrommelde geschiedenis (Entangled Time, Crumpled History). Inspired by the philosophy of history of Walter Benjamin, this research dealt with the politics of memory of performative strategies (re-enactment, historical montage, testimony) in historic and contemporary (cultural) performance.

He publishes on these themes. He is co-editor of a special issue of the journal Arcadia entitled Performing Cultural Trauma in Theatre and Film (Winter 2010), a book on Jan Lauwers' theatre work with Needcompany (Academia Press and IT&FB, 2007, with C. Stalpaert and S. Bousset) and of Tickle Your Catastrophe: Imagining Catastrophe in Art, Architecture and Philosophy (Academia Press, 2011).

Besides his academic research, he was a theory coach at the dance school P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels, since 2012), a freelance editor and is the content coordinator of the Master in Drama at KASK / School of arts.



Telephone: +32 (0)9 264 36 54

Address: Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41, 9000 Ghent Belgium (Technicum Block 4)

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Ongoing research

The performative reconfiguration of time in theatre and performance.

Finished research

Verknoopte tijd, verfrommelde geschiedenis: Een theaterwetenschappelijk en geschiedfilosofisch onderzoek naar theater en performance als politiek van de herinnering in het modern en presentistisch historiciteitsregime. 2012.