Sally Jane Norman assumed her current post as Director of Te Kōkī, the New Zealand School of Music, at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington in Aotearoa – New Zealand, in 2017, where she is a leading contributor to the National Music Centre infrastructure project. Previously as Professor in Performance Technologies at the University of Sussex, she co-founded Sussex Humanities Lab after serving as founding Director and academic lead of the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, an iconic heritage building refurbished to support innovative interdisciplinary research. Before moving to Sussex in 2010, Sally Jane was founding Director of Culture Lab at Newcastle University, piloting its physical refurbishment and programme as a digital research laboratory in a unique heritage building. She was previously Director General of the Ecole européenne supérieure de l’image (Angoulême/ Poitiers).
As a dual national (France/ New Zealand) Professor Norman has been involved in international research consortia since the nineties as research associate on EU projects at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe. Holder of a Doctorat de 3ème cycle and Doctorat d’état from the Institut d’études théâtrales, Université de Paris III, her publications include academic papers and commissioned studies for Unesco and the French Ministry of Culture. Director of the 1993 Louvre “New Images and Museology” conference, she has initiated and collaborated on experimentation with emerging technologies at institutions including the International Institute of Puppetry in Charleville-Mézières, and the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music in Amsterdam as Artistic Co-Director (1998-2000). Sally Jane’s publications and keynotes address art, technology, intercultural environments, and the digital humanities. She is regularly engaged as a participant in cultural and interdisciplinary research policy debates spanning institutional and grass-roots organisations at local, regional, and international levels.