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.
On Wednesday 14th October 2020 Theatre and Performance Studies hosted a book launch from 4.30pm-6pm
During this session we celebrated the fact that researchers in Theatre and Performance Studies at Warwick will have published five monographs in the six months from July 2020:
Nicholas Drofiak - Irusan: or, Canting for Architects, gta Verlag / eth Zürich
Milija Gluhovic - Theory for Theatre Studies: Memory, Bloomsbury
Nadine Holdsworth - English Theatre and Social Abjection: A Divided Nation, Palgrave
Silvija Jestrovic - Performances of Authorial Presence and Absence: The Author Dies Hard, Palgrave
Nicolas Whybrow - Contemporary Art Biennials in Europe: the work of Art in the Complex City, Bloomsbury
Each author gave brief introduction to their book outlining the things that inspired them and the central arguments they make. There was time to ask questions and to raise a virtual glass to this achievement.
Call for papers: Cultures of the Left in the Age of Right-Wing Populism - Manifestations and Performances - Keynote Speaker: Professor Chantal Mouffe
Monday 15th- Wednesday 17th April 2019
Warwick University in Venice
Palazzo Pesaro Papafava
Keynote Speaker: Professor Chantal Mouffe
This event is the culmination of a substantial period of research funded by the British Academy Partnership and Mobility grant (2016-19) that brought together an interdisciplinary group of scholars from Warwick University (UK) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) as well as researchers, artists and activists from other European and overseas institutions and places. We are asking how could both the historical legacy of the Left and its current manifestations and performances contribute to formulating an aesthetic of resistance not only as a reactive practice, but as a way to sustain the politics of inclusion, equality, care for the commons and social justice? The concept, coined by playwright Peter Weiss against the backdrop of raising fascism in the 1930s—asserts that art and culture, by formulating an aesthetic of resistance, are the means of finding new modes of political action and new forms of social understanding. The urgency of this project is to explore the politics and aesthetics of these forms as means of dissent, but even more importantly, as strategies of sustaining the progressive political agenda both against the backdrop of the alarmingly rising Right and on its own term.
International Performance Research Pedagogies: Towards An Unconditional Discipline?
International Performance Research Pedagogies:
Towards An Unconditional Discipline?
Eds. S. Bala, H. Korsberg, M. Gluhovic, K. Röttger (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
Fri 16 Feb 2018, 16-17.30 hrs. (followed by drinks)
University Theatre, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16, 1012 CP Amsterdam
As buzzwords such as ‘internationalization’ and ‘diversity’ do their rounds through universities around the world, as technological possibilities promise to flip the classroom and blend various modes of learning, as the financialization of every aspect of university life threatens to undermine its core purposes, the question of a responsive and sensitive pedagogy in the Humanities becomes extraordinarily pertinent today.
What remains unconditional today in the pedagogy of the arts and humanities?
Theatre and performance studies scholars, practitioners and students come together to reflect on the guiding values and conditions of their approaches to pedagogy.
“The book offers a unique and much-needed interrogation of the broader questions surrounding international performance research, which are pertinent to the present and the future of Theatre and Performance studies. Marking the completion of eight years of the Erasmus Mundus MA Programme in International Performance Research (MAIPR) - a programme run jointly by the universities of Warwick (UK), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Helsinki/Tampere (Finland), Arts in Belgrade (Serbia), and Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) - the essays in this volume take stock of the achievements, insights and challenges of what international performance research is or ought to be about.”