TOP STORY: Professor Nicolas Whybrow is Retiring
Professor Nicolas Whybrow is retiring early at the end of October 2020 owing to recent ill health. He is a long-time member of Theatre and Performance Studies at Warwick, joining in February 2004. A former Head of School (2014-2017), Nicolas taught across a range of modules, most notably Performance and the Contemporary City and Live Art and Performance. In 2010 he won the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence.
Nicolas played a leading role in the University’s research culture, being appointed as thematic lead for two of its GRPs, Sustainable Cities and Connecting Cultures. In 2017-2020 he was the PI on a 3-year AHRC-funded practice-as-research project entitled Sensing the City, which culminated in a multi-medial exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry and an edited book, Urban Sensographies (2021). Meanwhile, his book Contemporary Art Biennials in Europe: the Work of Art in the Complex City appeared in 2020.
Further details about Nicolas are available on his staff profile on the Theatre and Performance Studies website. Happily, he retains his connection to the University as Emeritus Professor.
Dr Yvette Hutchison Publication: 'Voicing the Imaginative in Africa: three creatives speak'
Published online on 22 Jun 2020:
Loots, L, Yvette Hutchison & Ongezwa Mbele. Voicing the Imaginative in Africa: three creatives speak. Agenda, special issue on “Cultural Dialogues for Feminist Creatives: Southern Voices”, 2020, https://doi.org/10.1080/10130950.2020.1773289
In this article, the authors interview three African women creatives - Tosin Jobi-Tume (Nigeria) about playwriting/theatre, Germaine Acogny (Senegal) about dance and choreography, and Buhlebezwe Siwani (South Africa) about fine art/performance art and photography - asking them how they engage with African feminisms as African women creatives and how this impacts their work.