Prof Sally Jane Norman

Teaching in 2020


BA, MA Canterbury; Doctorat de 3e cycle, Doctorat d’état, Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle


Professor, Director

Visiting Professor, University of Sussex


Studies in New Zealand were followed by doctoral studies at the Institut d'études théâtrales, Paris III, supervised by Bernard Dort (3e cycle) and Denis Bablet (Doctorat d’état), and inspired by summer schools with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis, and John Cage. Past roles include EU Research Associate at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Karlsruhe), Artistic Co-Director of the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (Amsterdam), and Director of the Ecole européenne supérieure de l'image (Poitiers-Angoulême). At Newcastle University (UK), I built and led Culture Lab's interdisciplinary digital research facilities. As Professor of Performance Technologies at the University of Sussex, I steered a £10M capital project to refurbish the campus arts centre, then led Digital Performance research as Sussex Humanities Lab Co-Director. Regularly engaged in international research and cultural policy activities as a Kiwi-French dual national with strong European links, I am also a Professorial Fellow at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, Beijing, and at Peking University's National Center for Research into Intercultural Communication of Arts.

I have supervised and examined doctoral projects throughout Europe and Australasia, and welcome PhD proposals related to my research interests.

Current PhD supervision

Birgit Bachler, Materialising a more-than-human Internet of Things, co-supervised with Anne Galloway, School of Design, Victoria University Wellington

Walter Langelaar, Functions follow Forms; on prescription, emulation and situated praxes, co-supervised with Sydney Shep, School of Design, Victoria University Wellington

Recent publications


Norman, Sally Jane (2016) Setting live coding performance in wider historical contexts. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 12 (2). pp. 117-128. ISSN 1479-4713

Norman, Sally-Jane (2016) Mothers of invention: an afterword. Contemporary Music Review, 35 (1). pp. 150-160. ISSN 0749-4467

Norman, Sally Jane (2015) Reflection II: on/ during/ since the Landscape Quartet Symposium, Culture Lab, Newcastle University, 4-5th July 2013. Contemporary Music Review, 34 (4). pp. 312-315. ISSN 0749-4467

Norman, Sally Jane (2015) Theater and ALife Art: modeling open and closed systems. Artificial Life, 21 (3). pp. 344-353. ISSN 1064-5462

Norman, Sally-Jane (2013) Contexts of/as resistance. Contemporary Music Review, 32 (2-3). pp. 275-288. ISSN 0749-4467

Book sections

Norman, Sally-Jane (2019) Denis Bablet. Relations entre le théâtre et les autres arts, relations entre la théorie et la pratique. In Catherine Brun, Jeanyves Gérin & Marie-Madeleine Mervant-Roux (ed.), Genèses des études théâtrales en France (XIXe-XXe siècles). Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 361-369. ISBN 9782753577121

Norman, Sally-Jane (2018) Tuning and Metagesture After New Natures. In Simon Emmerson (ed.), Research Companion to Electronic Music, Routledge, pp. 203-221. ISBN 9781472472915

Norman, Sally-Jane (2016) Between grammatization and live movement sampling. In: Bleeker, Maaike (ed.) Transmission in motion: the technologizing of dance. Routledge, London, pp. 185-198. ISBN 9781138189430

Norman, Sally-Jane (2016) Dancing on Occam's razor: expressive movement in/and place. In: Fernandes, Carla (ed.) Multimodality and performance. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne. ISBN 9781443894654

Norman, Sally-Jane (2015) Oskar Schlemmer's programmatic gesture research. In: Salazar Sutil, Nicolas and Popat, Sita (eds.) Digital movement: essays in motion technology and performance. Palgrave studies in performance and technology. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 21-34. ISBN 9781137430403

Norman, Sally-Jane (2015) Location and navigation: wayfaring and arts of tuning. In: Lomker, Thorsten (ed.) ISEA 2014 Conference Proceedings. Zayed University Books, Dubai, pp. 36-41. ISBN 9789948182399

Norman, Sally-Jane (2014) Grappling with movement models: performing arts and slippery contexts. In: MOCO '14: Proceedings of the 2014 International Workshop on Movement and Computing. ACM, New York, NY, USA, pp. 136-141. ISBN 9781450328142

Teaching in 2020