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Week 1 - Introduction - Jim Davis ( & Tim White (


Week 2 - Who am We? - Tim White

This session explores the braiding of social and personal in the context of social networks, the blurring of public and private and the implications this has for the way in which we locate ourselves as performers and audience. Works considered in this session will include Dries Verhoeven's Wanna Play and Life Streaming, The Builders Association's Continuous City and Lucy Prebble's The Sugar Syndrome.


Manovich, Lev. "The Practice of Everyday (Media) Life: From Mass Consumption to Mass Cultural Production?" Critical Inquiry 35.2 (2009): 319-31. Print.

Marwick, Alice E., and danah boyd. "I Tweet Honestly, I Tweet Passionately: Twitter Users, Context Collapse, and the Imagined Audience." New Media & Society 13.1 (2011): 114-33. Print.

McNeill, Laurie. "There Is No "I" in Network: Social Networking Sites and Posthuman Auto/Biography." Biography 35.1 (2012): 65-82. Print.

Westlake, E. J. "Friend Me If You Facebook: Generation Y and Performative Surveillance." TDR (1988-) 52.4 (2008): 21-40. Print.



Week 3 - DigiMockracy - Tim White

We will explore the promise of digital democracy and the extent to which it gives voice to the disenfranchised or perhaps conversely entrenches existing divides. Practicioners considered will include the Electronic Disturbance Theatre, Anonymous and Tim Price (Teh Internet is Serious Business).


Lane, Jill, and Ricardo Dominguez. "Digital Zapatistas." TDR (1988-) 47.2 (2003): 129-44. Print.

Marshall, Andrew. "Power of the Imob." The World Today 68.3 (2012): 8-14. Print.

Shirky, Clay. "The Political Power of Social Media: Technology, the Public Sphere, and Political Change." Foreign Affairs 90.1 (2011): 28-41. Print.

Teh Internet is Serious Business Info Pack 


Week 4 - A Farewell to Arms? - Tim White

In the concluding session we seek out the posthuman and postorganic topia proposed by a collection of artists, writers and practitioners, including Jennifer Hayley (The Nether), Stelarc, Eduardo Kac and Guillermo Gomez-Pena.


Becker, Barbara. "Cyborgs, Agents, and Transhumanists: Crossing Traditional Borders of Body and Identity in the Context of New Technology." Leonardo 33.5 (2000): 361-65. Print.

Causey, Matthew. "Posthuman and Postorganic Performance: The (Dis)Appearance of Theatre in Virtual Spaces." Theatre and Performance in Digital Culture: From Simulation to Embeddedness. Routledge Advances in Theatre and Performance Studies. London: Routledge, 2006. 47-67. Print.

Garoian, Charles R., and Yvonne M. Gaudelius. "Cyborg Pedagogy: Performing Resistance in the Digital Age." Studies in Art Education 42.4 (2001): 333-47. Print.


WEEKS 5-7 Gendered Citizenship (Dr Sylvija Jestrovic –

This section explores the relations and tensions between gender and citizenship unfolding through a variety of social, performative, and legal scenarios. It is concerned with issues such as performances of migration, labour, human trafficking, minority rights and forms of representation and agency. The aim is to familiarise students with key concepts and current debates concerning theories of citizenship as they apply to the filed of performance studies; to examine ways in which performance theories and practices provide a lens through which to critically engage with these issues and develop students’ abilities to work in an interdisciplinary research context within the framework of performance studies.

Week 5 - Citizenship Theories and Practices of Belonging

Class structure: mini Lecture ‘Performing Citizenship’; + introduction of the learning exchange process with JNU and brief telematic introduction to JNU students and staff;


J. Reinelt, ‘Performance at the Crossroads of Citizenship’, TkH 19, 2011

H. Sparks, ‘Dissident Citizenship: Democratic Theory, Political Courage, and Activist Women’, Hypatia, Vol. 12. 1997. pp 74-110

Post-class: Blogging with JNU PGs on the topic of performing citizenship (sharing your own thoughts, case studies, images, questions, provocations via the blog that will be set up)

Week 6- Gendered Citizenship: Manifestations and Performances (guest co-lecturers Prof. Byshnuprya Dutt, JNU & Professor Janelle Reinelt, Warwick)


Reading: From the special issue of the Lateral Journal on ‘Leveraging Justice’ edited by J. Reinelt and Maria Estrada Fuentes(the journal is coming out in a months time and links to article will be provided)

Post-class: Create a non-discursive response to the material, record it and post for sharing (detailed instructions will be given in Week 5)

Weeks 7, 9 & 10: Intercultural Theatre (Dr Yvette Hutchison,

The unit on Intercultural Theatre will explore key theoretical concepts and practical approaches and considerations to contemporary intercultural theatre practices.

Please read in advance Ric Knowles, 2010. Theatre & Interculturalism. (Palgrave Macmillan)

The unit on Intercultural Theatre will explore key theoretical concepts and practical approaches and considerations to contemporary intercultural theatre practices.

Week 7: ‘Intercultural theatre’ in the context of globalization

In this session we will be situating personal identity in relation to culture. We will then consider how this affects approaches to cross-cultural engagement with ‘others’, and what we should be mindful of in the context of globalisation.


hooks, bell, “Choosing the margin as a space of radical openness” in The Applied Theatre Reader, (eds.) Prentki, Tim & Preston, Sheila, Routledge, 2009, 80-85.

Pavis, Patrice, Introduction, “Towards a theory of Interculturalism in Theatre?” in The Intercultural Performance Reader. Routledge, 1-21.

Schipper, Minneke, Introduction to Imagining Insiders: Africa and the Question of Belonging. Cassell, 1-12

Wilkinson & Kritzinger: “Representing the other”, in The Applied Theatre Reader, (eds.) Prentki, Tim & Preston, Sheila, Routledge, 2009, 86-93.

Please Bring to class

Things that you think define you as a person – objects, clothes, anything …Examples of what you consider to be interesting intercultural performances

Come prepared to discuss different aspects of identity and culture, the differences between key terms outlined by the various readings, and ready to discuss how the universality and post-colonial approaches to interculturalism compare with one another.

Further reading: Fischer-Lichte, Erika, Torsten Jost and Saskya Iris Jain (eds.). The politics of interweaving performance cultures: beyond postcolonialism. Routledge, 2014.

Week 8 - Interventions - Silvija Jestrovic

Telematic classroom with JNU PGs and colleagues; sharing of non-discursive responses to the material as a point of departure for discussion on various aspects of performing citizenship and how performance practices could serve as means of intervention

Week 9 - How Interculturalism Performs the Self as an Other (Dr Yvette Hutchison)

In this class we will focus on Said’s formulation of the ‘self’ in relation to the ‘other’, and ask to what extent these are inescapably bound. How does the notion of performance impact on these engagements? How may gender and race intersect with these concepts?


Extract from Edward Said, “On Orientalism”, in Colonial Discourse and Post-colonial Theory: a Reader, 132-149.

Fiona Siang Yun Sze, “How interculturalism Performs: Performativity, performability and the theatricality of interculturalism”, in Interculturalism: exploring critical issues, Diane Powell and Fiona Sze (eds.) Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press, 2004, 127-133. [e-book]

Hwang’s M. Butterfly, in W. B. Worthen, (ed.) The Wadsworth anthology of drama (multiple copies in library)

See Mamela Nyamza in Hatched, , 2.38 mins.

Write and bring to class

- an outline of your understanding of the difference/s between theatricality and performativity.

- Your sense of how performances of gender or race in everyday life and the play & clip intersect/ depart? How are these personal issues of identity related to interculturalism.

Week 10- Curation of the colonised 'other' – bringing the past into the present (Dr Yvette Hutchison)

In this session we will consider the legacies of colonialism in the present, and thus the tension between post-colonial and intercultural theories and practices.


Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Coco Fusco’s controversial The Couple in the Cage (1992-93), and Two Undiscovered Amerindians Visit the West (1992–1994), video, (30 mins)

Ecocentrix project, see


Diana Taylor, ‘A Savage Performance, Guillermo Gomez-Pena and Coco Fusco's "Couple in the Cage"’, The Drama Review, 42:2, (Summer 1998), 160-180. JSTOR,

Yvette Hutchison, ‘Between word, image and movement: performative critiques of colonial ethnography’, Témoigner: Testimony Between History and Memory, Auschwitz Foundation International Quarterly, no.121 (Oct 2015), 121-132, see

Exhibitions revisited

'Miscast: Negotiating Khoisan History and Material Culture', curated by Pippa Skotnes with Jos Thorne in the South African National Gallery (14 April-14 September 1996), for review see

Pascal Blanchard’s project on human zoos, launched at the Mémoire colonial: zoos humains? Corps Exotiques, corps enfermés, corps mesurés conference in Marseilles in 2001, culminated in the Exhibitions: L’invention du sauvage at the Quai de Branly Museum in Paris, (29th November 2011 - 3rd June 2012), Cf. 

European Attraction Limited’s restaged a human zoo in Oslo, Norway, to mark the hundredth anniversary of the Norwegian Jubilee Exhibition of 1914, May – August 2014.

Ghent’s 2013 revisiting of the 1913 World Fair in Ghent - Exposition universelle et internationale de Gand, which included a Philippino and Senegalese village, see ‘Ghent, 1913-2013’, the century of Progress, for reconstrcution see , accessed 3 October 2016.

Göran Hugo Olsson documentary Concerning violence, which premiered in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at 2014 Sundance Film festival on 17th January. Dogwoof

Interculturalism Bibliogaphy

Balfour, Michael, Penny Bundy, Bruce Burton, Julie Dunn & Nina Woodrow. Applied theatre: resettlement: drama, refugees and resilience. Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015.

Balme, C & Stummer, Peter O. (eds.) 1996. Fusion of cultures? Rodopi, 1996.

Bharucha, Rustom. Theatre and the world: essays on performance and politics of culture. Manohar, 1990

Fischer-Lichte, Erika, Torsten Jost and Saskya Iris Jain (eds.). The politics of interweaving performance cultures: beyond postcolonialism. Routledge, 2014.

Gilbert, Helen & Gleghorn, Charlotte (eds.) Recasting Commodity and Spectacle in the Indigenous Americas. London: ILAS, 2014.

Knowles, Richard Paul. Theatre and interculturalism. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Pavis, Patrice (ed.) The intercultural performance reader. Routledge, 1996.

Said, E (1993) ‘Orientalism’, in Williams, P. Colonial discourse and post-colonial theory: a reader. London: Harvester Wheatsheaf, Chpt.6, pp.132-149.

Schipper, Mineke. ‘Insiders and Outsiders’, in Imagining Insiders: Africa and the Question of Belonging, London: Cassell, 1999, pp. 1-12.

Sponsler, Claire and Xiaomei Chen (eds.) East of West: cross-cultural performance and the staging of difference. Palgrave, 2000.

Tan, Marcus Cheng Chye. Acoustic interculturalism: Listening to performance, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Trencsényi, Katalin and Bernadette Cochrane (eds.) New dramaturgy: international perspectives on theory and practice. Bloomsbury, 2014.