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TOP STORY: Winners of WATE Award

The Arts Faculty Award recognises the achievements of Warwick's outstanding educators who have enabled excellent learning, creating the conditions within which all students are supported and empowered to succeed and thrive.

Winner - Ian Farnell (Theatre and Performance Studies, School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures)

My experiences as a student continue to inform my teaching practice. Central to this is my reliance on humour as a pedagogical tool – as noted in multiple research papers, laughter can create a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere in which students can confidently express themselves and interrogate their own preconceptions. I take my students’ learning seriously while approaching it lightly, and my caring, attentive and fun practice uniquely enables my students to grow as individuals, scholars and artists.

About Ian

Ian is an IAS Early Career Fellow and tutor in Theatre and Performance Studies. His thesis (completed in 2021 and funded by the Wolfson Foundation) explored British theatre and science fiction. Ian was a finalist for the 2021 WATE PGR and is delighted to be a WATE PGR winner.

Commended - Ronan Hatfull (Theatre and Performance Studies, School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures)

My teaching ethos, methods, and experiences traverse disciplinary boundaries across both Theatre and English. I teach first-year Theatre students and my work on ‘Your Theatre and Performance Toolkit’ has had positive impact upon their learning. My signature pedagogy on the module ‘Remaking Shakespeare’ is open-space learning (OSL), and more recently I have run a collaborative workshop for the Resonate Festival with students and professional theatre-makers.

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Ronan teaches at the University of Warwick and NYU London. He is also a theatre-maker and Artistic Director of Partners Rapt. Ronan is currently co-writing Shakespeare and Hip-Hop: Adaptation, Citation, Education, co-editing Shakespeare and Biofiction on the Contemporary Stage and Screen and developing a monograph on the Reduced Shakespeare Company.

Winner - David Coates (Theatre and Performance Studies, School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures)

In my teaching I bring both my research interests and industry experience to the table to create engaging, relevant and challenging sessions for my students in modules that have appropriate and authentic assessment methods. I am passionate about developing students who have their fingers on the pulse of current debates, research and the industry. However, I believe that ‘being an ‘excellent teacher’ means more than being effective in the classroom’ (Mortiboys, 136). I hope that I can have a long-term impact on my students and the ethos of my department through championing the importance of the wider university student experience; better embedding wellbeing, careers, industry, employability, and skills within the curriculum; and collaborating with students to foster a meaningful sense of community in Theatre and Performance Studies (TPS).

About David

David is an Assistant Professor in Theatre and Performance Studies. He teaches and researches nineteenth-century theatre history, historiography, and queer theatre. As well as teaching core and specialist modules in the department, David has designed a skills-focused programme for first-year undergraduate students and an industry-focussed module in collaboration with Warwick Arts Centre.

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Performance and Politics on the New Silk Roads summer school - Call for Applications

Venue: The Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli, Venice

Launched in 2013, and hailed as the largest geo-economics initiative in history, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has largely been discussed as a consciously designed geo-political and economic project. However, it is also an initiative, a statement of intention, a performance of China on the global stage, and a kind of ‘development theater.’ In this one week summer school for postgraduate students we ask: what does it mean to ‘revive’ and perform Silk Roads for the twenty-first century, and how is this geopolitical chronotype productive for politics and theatre and performance studies?

We shall examine the performances of state actors who, typically co-produce the ways in which China is now projecting itself as a benevolent new development actor. But we shall also consider the counter performances that the BRI sparks: performances of acquiescence (from business elites and supportive local groups) as well as performances of resistance (from labor organizers, environmentalists, and anti-corruption campaigners). We shall discuss Belt and Road as a site of cultural production and cultural politics and the ways theatre and performance artists, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers from the countries along the New Silk Road routes and corridors (Western Europe, the Balkans, Central and South-East Asia, Middle East, Africa, etc.) engage, critique and represent the underbelly of the contemporary silk roads – contemporary linkages between the circulations of peoples and desires, the global spread of the capitalist market and economic globalization, and the human and environmental catastrophes they unleash.

Focusing on selected cities along the New Silk Roads (Venice, Trieste, Belgrade, Athens . . .) we shall also examine the contested nature of BRI-driven, infrastructural, material restructuring of urban space and its effects on the contours of lives, places, and socio-natures. Through talks, workshops, and demonstrations the participants will be exposed to a variety of disciplinary approaches and ways in which they could be combined to build a new critical framework to understand the New Silk Roads performatively as a relational and intersectional critical concept and practice. The summer school will also explore historical and art historical dimensions of the silk roads and the Venetian links to them through site visits within the lagoon city.

Venue: The Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli, Zattere, Dorsoduro, 909/A. The venue is in the centre of Venice near the Academia Bridge. See:


Monday, June 27

New and Old Silk Road Imaginaries and Realities

18.00 -18.30 Registration


Welcome and presentation of summer school: MILIJA GLUHOVIC

Keynote 1

JULIA C. STRAUSS, Belt and Road: New and Old Imaginaries of Connections


Tuesday, June 28

Theatre, Performance and Politics along New Silk Roads



SILVIJA JESTROVIC / MARCUS TAN / MILIJA GLUHOVIC, Theatre and Performance on the New Silk Roads

11.30-11.45 Coffee break

11.45-13.00 Seminar with participants I

13.00- 14.30 Lunch

14.30- 16.00


JULIA C. STRAUSS, Belt and Road Initiative and Environmental Issues


Wednesday, June 29

Cultural Politics and Diplomacy along New Silk Roads

9.00 -11.00

Keynote 2

TIM WINTER, University of Western Australia, The Silk Road: connecting histories and futures


11.00 -11.15 Coffee break

11.15 - 13.00 Seminar with participants II

13.15-15.00 Lunch



Venice and New Silk Roads – Performative investigation through Venice



Thursday, June 30

Venice and East-West Encounters from the Renaissance to the present

9.30am -13.00 Venice and silk roads site visits with LOUISE BOURDUA / LUCA MOLA 

13.15pm -14.30 Lunch



Venice and New Silk Roads – Performative investigation through Venice

convened by MARK FLEISHMAN 

15.30-15.45 Coffee break


Keynote 3

ANNE DUNLOP, Mongol Eurasia in Fourteenth-Century Veneto


Friday, July 1

New Silk Roads and Interdisciplinary Methodologies



BHAVNA DAVE, BRI in Central Asia: Performance, Protests, Spectacles, Effects

10.30-10.45 Coffee break



Performance and Politics along New Silk Roads: Interdisciplinary Methodologies and Interventions



Closing Remarks




Professor Louise Bourdua, History of Art, University of Warwick

Dr Bhavna Dave, SOAS, University of London

Professor Anne Dunlop, Herald Chair of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne

Professor Mark Fleishman, CTDPS, University of Cape Town

Dr Milija Gluhovic, Theatre Studies, University of Warwick,

Professor Silvija Jestrovic, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick,

Dr Luca Mola, Department of History, University of Warwick,

Professor Julia C Strauss, SOAS, University of London,

Dr Marcus Cheng Chye Tan, Visual and Performing Arts, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore,

Professor Tim Winter, School of Social Sciences, University of Western Australia



Applicants must submit the following materials (in English) by May 31, 2022:

  • a CV (1 page max. Including a list of publications (if any)
  • a covering letter explaining how participation in the Summer School will benefit your research and stating financial needs (500 words max.)
  • One letter of recommendation

Please send these materials to and

Applicants accepted in the program will be notified by June 1, 2022, via email. They must confirm their participation by June 5, 2022. Registration fee are also due by June 5, 2022. For further information please write to and

£100 Registration Fee (including lunches and entry tickets for museums)



The IAS is offering the following bursaries:

10 bursaries covering accommodation (based on 2 persons sharing a room)

If you are not able to access funds to attend, we offer a limited amount of accommodation bursaries based on financial need and merit of the application. Please indicate in your letter if you would need a bursary, provide a rationale for your request specifying if your attendance is contingent on receiving a grant.

Selected students are required to confirm their registration by paying fees and emailing their receipt to and

Tue 24 May 2022, 10:52