Paul Lennox


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Solomon is interested in supervising PhD students in areas aligned to performance studies, activism, and/or sports, specifically:

Performance studies
Performance ethnography
Sport and performance
Narrative identity
Combat sports
Performance and activism

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Research 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


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) 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Narratives of Performance: An Interdisciplinary Qualitative Ethnography Investigating the Storied Lives of Amateur and Professional Boxers.

31 Dec 201231 Dec 2099

Award Date: 31 Dec 2012

Drama, MFA, Theatre Practice, University of Exeter

1 Sept 20061 Jul 2008

Award Date: 1 Jul 2008

Drama, BA (Hons), Drama, University of East Anglia

1 Sept 20001 Jul 2003

Award Date: 1 Jul 2003


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