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• Underwood-Lee, E. and Šimić, L. (forthcoming – under contract, scheduled for publication 2022) Mothering Performance: Maternal Action. Abingdon: Routledge
• Underwood-Lee, E. and Simic, L. (2021) Maternal Performance: Feminist Relations. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
• Underwood-Lee, E. (2021) ‘A Letter to your Child’ in Godfrey-Isaacs, L. and McGowan, S. (eds) Maternal Journal. London: Pinter and Martin.
• Underwood-Lee, E, and Rees, T. (2020) Forty Voices, Forty Years: Learning through listening Cardiff: University of South Wales and Welsh Women’s Aid. Available at https://storytelling.research.southwales.ac.uk/documents/2697/Forty_Voices_Forty_Years_16pp_english.pdf.
• Underwood-Lee, E. and Simic, L (2020) ‘Returning to Ourselves: Medea/Mothers’ Clothes and Patience one decade on’ in Marchevska, E. and Walkerdine, V. (eds) Maternal in creative work: Intergenerational discussions on motherhood and art. Abingdon: Routledge.
• Epp Buller, R., Simic, L. and Underwood-Lee, E. (2019) ‘The Body in Letters: Once Again, Through Time and Space’ in Epp Buller, R. and Reeve, C. Inappropriate Bodies: Art, Design, and Maternity Bradford (CA): Demeter.
• Underwood-Lee, E. (2019) ‘A Cancer Glossary By Emily Underwood Lee’ MIHE Blog Available at https://prometheus.ehaus2.co.uk/macmillanhe/blog/post/cancer-glossary-Emily-Underwood-Lee/.
• Underwood-Lee, E. and Thimbleby, P. (eds) (2019) ‘Storytelling for Health’ Storytelling Self and Society (15.1) including ‘Introduction’.
• Underwood-Lee, E. (2018) ‘On Openings’ Performance Research, 23:4-5
• Underwood-Lee, E. (2018) ‘Blooming flowers and stony stares: negotiating identity through story’ in Willison, C. et al (eds) All the Better to Hear You With: An Introduction to Storytelling, Stroud: The History Press
• Underwood-Lee, E. (2017) ‘Performance and the Maternal: motherhood in the live stage encounter’, MAMSIE blog. Available at http://mamsie.org/mamsieblog/2017/05/performance-and-the-maternal/.
• Underwood-Lee, E. and Simic, L. (eds) (2017) ‘On the Maternal’ special edition of Performance Research, 22:4.
• Underwood-Lee, E and Simic, L. (2017) ‘Manifesto for Maternal Performance’ Performance Research, 22:4.
• Underwood-Lee, E. (2017) ‘Titillation Script and Introduction’ in Bleakley, A., Lynch, L. and Whelan, G. (eds) Risk and Regulation at the Interface of Medicine and the Arts Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.
• Underwood-Lee, E. and Simic, L. (2016) Live Art and Motherhood: A Study Room Guide on Live Art and the Maternal London: Live Art Development Agency. Available at http://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/resources/catalogue/live-art-and-motherhood-a-study-room-guide-on-live-art-and-the-maternal.
• Underwood-Lee, E. and Simic, L. (2016) ‘Performance and the Maternal’ Contemporary Theatre Review 26:3.
• Underwood-Lee, E.  (2016) ‘‘What the Body Commands: The Imperative Theory of Pain’ reviewed by Emily Underwood-Lee’ Centre for Medical Humanities Available at http://centreformedicalhumanities.org/body-commands-imperative-theory-pain-reviewed-emily-underwood-lee/.
• Underwood-Lee, E. and Simic, L. (2016) ‘Motherhood and Live Art’ The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home. Available at http://www.twoaddthree.org/motherhood-and-live-art/.
• Underwood-Lee, E. (2015) ‘‘Bangers to Cancer’: Social media, charity fundraising and objectification’, Body Space Technology. Available at http://people.brunel.ac.uk/bst/vol14/emilyunderwoodlee/emilyunderwoodlee.html.
• Underwood-Lee, E. (2015) ‘’The Naming of Cancer’ reviewed by Emily Underwood-Lee’ Centre for Medical Humanities. Available at http://centreformedicalhumanities.org/the-naming-of-cancer-reviewed-by-emily-underwood-lee/.
• Underwood-Lee, E. (2015) ‘Challenging Illness Narratives Through Writing’ Lapidus.
• Underwood-Lee, E. (2011) Titillation Extracts and Introduction. Available at http://www.rhul.ac.uk/dramaandtheatre/documents/pdf/whodowe/emilyunderwood-lee-titillation(performanceextracts).
• Underwood, E. (2007) ‘Confusing Gender: Strategies for Resisting Objectification in the work of Split Britches’, Platform, 2:1, Spring. Available at https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/dramaandtheatre/documents/pdf/platform/21/confusinggender.pdf.

Conference Papers, Keynotes, Blogs and Podcasts

  • Underwood-Lee, E. and Šimić L. ‘Maternal performance reimagined anew–considering Hannah Ballou’s go:gaa II (2021) and Josie Long’s Tender (online) (2022)’, International Federation for Theatre Research: Feminist Working Group. Reyjavik University, 20 June 2022.
  • Underwood-Lee, E. and Wallace. S. ‘Cascade Talks: the Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Research Network Wales’ Cascade Talks (podcast), June 2022. Available at https://audio.buzzsprout.com/q2fkedcxoxkl5q87apa5vffuriz8?response-content-disposition=inline&.
  • Underwood-Lee, E. ‘Storytelling and Co-production’, Cardiff and Vale Mental Health Co-Production Conference, Cardiff and Vale Mental Health (online), 3 March 2022.
  • Underwood-Lee, E. and Šimić, L. Launch of Maternal Performance: Feminist Relations (online), 15 February 2022.
  • Underwood-Lee, E. Lobel, B. and Hall, S. ‘Kicking Up Our Heels: Workshop’, The Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference, Arts and Health Southwest (online), 21 June 2021.
  • Underwood-Lee, E. and Simic, L. ‘Performance and the Maternal: Relations and Embodiments’, The Missing Mother, University of Bolton and online, 22nd April 2021.
  • Underwood-Lee, E. and Lobel, B. ‘Kicking Up Our Heels Workshop – An intervention to support staff self care’, Great Ormond Street Staff Conference, online, 20th November 2020.
  • Underwood-Lee, E. and Lobel, B. ‘Performance and Care: Kicking Up Our Heels’, Researchworks, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 29th June 2020.
  • Underwood-Lee, E. ‘Digital Storytelling: Forty Voices, Forty Years and The Modern Heritage of Orchards and Cider Making in Wales, Beyond the Border: Digital Skills for Storytellers – Practice Sharing Day, University of South Wales, Cardiff, 12th January 2020.
  • Underwood-Lee, E. ‘Is my Activism Active Enough? Forty Voices Forty Years’, Activism: The Future for Universities and Museums, St Fagan’s National Museum of History, Cardiff, 13th September 2019
  • Underwood-Lee, E and Williams, R.’In Her Shoes: performing autobiography across bodies and language’, Adrodd storïau iechyd Y Gynhadledd Theatr 2019, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Y Theatr, Canolfan Arad Goch, Aberystwyth, 18th March 2019.
  • Simic, L. and Underwood-Lee, E. ‘Birth in Contemporary Performance Practice: Cord by Tracy Evans and Partus by Third Angel’ Birth, The Body and Performance, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, 5th June 2018.
  • Clod Ensemble Under Glass Post-show discussion, invited chair of the post-show discussion held at the Wales Millennium Centre on 22nd November 2017 with Suzy Willson and Paul Clark of Clod Ensemble.
  • Simic, L. and Underwood-Lee, E. ‘Manifesto for Maternal Performance (Art), 2016’ ‘On the Maternal’ launch, Live Art Development Agency, London, 14th December 2017
  • ‘Generations: Grieving Daughters’ USW Performance and Gender Seminar Group, 29th November 2017.
  • Simic, L. and Underwood-Lee, E. ‘Manifesto for Maternal Performance (Art), 2016.’ The Mothernists II, Astrid Noacks Ateliers, Copenhagen, 14th Oct 2017. https://www.mothervoices.org/news/2017/9/3/the-mothernists-ii-who-cares-for-the-21st-century.
  • Simic, L. and Underwood-Lee, E. ‘Manifesto for Maternal Performance (Art), 2016.’ Oxytocin: Birthing the World, Royal college of Art, 3rd June 2017. https://www.oxytocinbirthingtheworld.co.uk/
  • Simic, L. and Underwood-Lee, E. ‘Manifesto for Maternal Performance (Art), 2016.’ Bringing up the Future, Galerija SC, Zagreb, 24th Feb 2017. Co-written paper presented by Lena Simic http://www.sczg.unizg.hr/kultura/program/odgajanje-buducnosti-izlozba-i-kongres/.
  • Underwood-Lee, E. and Simic, L. ‘Performance and the Maternal’, Theorizing Motherhood In The Academy, Museum of Motherhood, New York, May 2016.
  • Underwood-Lee, E. Titillation plus Post Show Discussion, Association of Humanities Conference, 23rd – 25th June 2015, Dartington Hall, Totnes
  • Underwood-Lee, E. Bangers to Cancer, PGR Symposium, 15th June 2015, University of South Wales, Cardiff
  • Underwood-Lee, E. Contributor to Playing Suzi, ‘2 Degrees Festival’, 6th June 2015, Artsadmin, London
  • Underwood-Lee, E. Patience plus post-show discussion, ‘Motherhood and Creative Practice’, 1st and 2nd June 2015, South Bank University, London
  • Underwood-Lee, E. Titillation Grade 3, Connecting Communities of Illness AHRC Connected Communities Festival. University of South Wales, Cardiff, July 2014
  • Underwood-Lee, E. Titillation, Fem Fresh Live Art Development Agency, London, June 2014. Selected performance and discussion on Feminism, Art and Aging.
  • Underwood-Lee, E. Titillation Q + A, Royal Holloway University London, March 2014. Invited performance and discussion.
  • Underwood-Lee, E. Her Touch would be Tender: the performance of Femme in Ode To Morten Harket, PGR Symposium, Atrium, University of Glamorgan, May 2011
  • Lewis, K. and Underwood-Lee, E. Storyworks Cancer Narratives Training at Velindre Cancer Centre, Narratives of Illness Practices and Practitioners, University of Glamorgan, May 2011.
  • Underwood-Lee, E. Titillation: Post show discussion, Who Do We Think We Are? Representing the Human, Royal Holloway University of London, March 2011.
  • Underwood-Lee, E. Reflections on Performing the Post-Operative Body, Centre for Gender Studies in Wales Research Seminar Series, University of Glamorgan, November 2010.
  • Underwood-Lee, E. Performing the Post-Operative Body, Gobsmacked, Queen Mary University of London, November 2010. (Documentation of Gobsmacked available at both the British Library Sound Archive and the Live Art Development Agency Study Room. A review of Gobsmacked will appear in the Contemporary Theatre Review’s Special issue on Live Art in the U.K.)
  • Underwood-Lee, E. Finding a language for performing the post operative body, PGR Symposium, Atrium, University of Glamorgan, June 2010.
  • Underwood-Lee, E. Confusing Gender: Strategies for resisting objectification in the work of Split Britches, Constructing Identities, Cardiff University, July 2006.
  • Underwood-Lee, E. Exposed, Doctoral Symposium, University of Glamorgan, May 2006.
  • Underwood-Lee, E. Talking in Drag, Arts and Media Post-graduate Symposium, University of Glamorgan, November 2005.
  • Underwood-Lee, E. Joint paper with Jodie Allinson. What is Burst Theatre?, The Articulate Practitioner Magdalena Project Conference, University of Wales Aberystwyth, July 2005.

My work has been written about in the following academic texts:

• Lingis, A. (2018). Cause, Choice, Chance. Phenomenology & Practice12(2), 5-14.
• Anderson, G. and Simic, L. (2015) Study Room in Exile available at http://issuu.com/twoaddthree/docs/study.room.in.exile/1?e=5562316/30483905.
• Weaver, L. and Roberts, E. (2014) Are We There Yet? – a Study Room Guide on Live Art and Feminism London: LADA.
• Linsley, J. and Walsh, H. (2012) ‘Gobsmacked: Getting Speechless in Performance.’ Contemporary Theatre Review 22.1: 161-166.

    Documentation of Titillation and Patience is held in the Live Art Development Agency (http://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/resources/catalogue/titillation-grade-3 and http://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/resources/catalogue/patience).