Researchers are currently investigating various ways in which theatre and performance can engage with and/or rehearse ideas relating to:
- trans- or supra-national identity
- forced migration and diaspora
- colonial modernity
- citizenship and alienation
- cross-cultural transmission of theatrical practices.
Theatre and performance examined in these contexts includes large-scale spectacle, professional theatre, itinerant performance as well as site-specific performance and activist enactments.
We've received funding for research on theatre and performance made in response to asylum seekers and refugees in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and elsewhere; the international performance of Javanese and Balinese arts; colonial modernity and Indonesian performing arts; and indigenous performance globally.
Seminars in the academic year 2012-13 included discussions of Sanjay Seth’s important essay ‘Which Past? Whose History’ and Joseph Roach’s seminal monograph Cities of the Dead. We also hosted presentations on the Globe-to-Globe Festival and a Performing Arts Learning and Teaching Innovation Network (PALATINE)- funded project on participatory research and learning as well as on research in progress by current postgraduate students.
Scholars and practitioners in the department maintain working relationships and creative collaborations with researchers and artists in a number of countries, including Indonesia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States, Greece and Sweden. We also work closely with Royal Holloway’s Centre for International Theatre and Performance Research (CITPR).
Our research culture is enormously enriched by the postgraduate scholars and practitioners who come to Royal Holloway from around the world, bringing a range of international interests and perspectives on theatre and performance. Recent and current students have undertaken research on: