Silvija Jestrovic is Reader in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick and a playwright. Her research interests include: exilic theatre and performance, politics and performance, performance and the contemporary city, the historical avant-garde, and theatre and performance theory.
She has published extensively in these areas including books: Performance, Space, Utopia: Cities of War, Cities of Exile (Palgrave, 2012), Theatre of Estrangement: Theory, Practice, Ideology (University of Toronto Press, 2006) and the co-edited collection (with Y. Meerzon) Performance, Exile, and ‘America’ (Palgrave, 2009).
Her recent essays include: ‘Theatricality vs. Bare Life’, in The Grammar of Politics and Performance, Eds. S. Rai and J.Reinelt (Routledge, 2015);‘Performing Belgrade: Itineraries of Non-Belonging’, in Performing Cities, Ed. N. Whybrow (Palgrave, 2014); ‘Born in YU: Performing, Negotiating, and Transforming an Abject Identity’, in Theatre and National Identity: Re-imagining Concepts of Nation, Ed. N. Holdsworth. (Routledge, 2014); ‘Sarajevo: The World City Under Siege’, inEds. K. Solga and D.J. Hopkins, Performance and the Global City (Palgrave, 2013).
Silvija has been part of the UKIERI funded JNU/Warwick project Gendered Citizenship: Manifestations and Performances.
Bishnupriya Dutt (Co-Investigator)
Bishnupriya Dutt is Dean and Professor of Theatre and Performance studies, in the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi India. Her area of research includes colonial and post colonial histories of theatre, feminist readings of Indian Theatre and contemporary performative practices and popular culture. She has also been an actress and director in the theatre in India.
Her publications include ‘Performing Resistance with Maya Rao: Trauma and Protest in India’ (CTR vol 25 issue 3, August 2015); monograph (with Urmimala Sarkar Munsi) Engendering Performance, Indian Woman Performers in Search of an Identity (Sage, 2010); ‘Actress Stories: Binodini and Amal Allana’, in Staging International Feminisms, Eds. Aston and Case (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007); ‘Historicizing Actress Stories: English Actresses in India (1839-42)’, in Ed. Lata Singh Play House of Power: Theatre in Colonial India (OUP, 2009); ‘Theatre and Subaltern Histories, Chekov Adaptations in Post Colonial India’, in Eds. Clayton and Meerson, Adapting Chekhov: The Text and Its Mutations (Routledge, 2012); ‘Unsafe spaces of Theatre and Feminism in India; Identity Politics Forum’, Theatre Research International, 37:1 ( March 2012).
Along with her colleagues from JNU and the School of Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick, she has recently completed a research collaboration (UGC and UKIERI sponsored) on Gendered Citizenship: Manifestations and Performances and a publication is forthcoming.
Jawaharlal Nehru University core participants
Samik Bandyopadhyay is a Visiting Fellow (Professor) at the School of Arts and Aesthetics in Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. Samik was Producer Emeritus for All India Radio and Doordarshan and a Research Professor at Asiatic Society in Calcutta in the 1990s. He was a co-opted Member of the General Council for two consecutive terms as well as the Central Board of Film Certification. He was also a member of the 14-Member Indian Delegation to the East-West Theatre Seminar organized by the International Theatre Institute in New Delhi. He has been a panelist at seminars on Indian Theatre as part of Festivals of India in USSR (Tashkent 1987) and Germany (Berlin 1992) and Vice-Chairman for the National School of Drama (2006-2010) and member of the National School of Drama Society. He is also visiting faculty at an annual film appreciation course organized by the National Film Archives of India and the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
He has contributed several essays in numerous film and theatre periodicals in English and Bengali. He has interviewed Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Mahasweta Devi, Richard Attenborough, Natalie Sarraute, Salman Rushdie, Derek Malcolm, Reinhard Hauff, etc. for Film Society periodicals and All India Radio and Doordarshan [National Television]; several of these later included in books.
Ameet Parameswaran is currently Assistant Professor in Theatre and Performance Studies, the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He completed his Ph.D. (2012) in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of California - Los Angeles. His publications include Performance and the Political: Power and Pleasure in Contemporary Kerala (Orient Blackswan, 2017); ‘Contemporaneity and Collective: The Reportage in Amma Ariyaan’, in Eds. Satheese Chandra Bose and Shiju Sam Varughese, Kerala Modernity: Ideas, Spaces and Practices in Transition (Orient BlackSwan, 2015); ‘Affirmation and Disidentification: The Labour of Performing ‘Brand India’’, in Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts, 19:2 (June 2014).
Urmimala Sarkar Munsi is an associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She is a Social Anthropologist, specialised in dance Studies. Beside her principle area of work on body, dance and Society, her research interest is in gender and performance, documentation of living traditions, and performance as politics. She is a choreographer and dancer trained at the Uday Shankar India Culture Centre.
Her publications include Engendering Performance: Indian Women Performers Searching for Identity, co-authored with B. Dutt (Sage publishers, 2010), Traversing Traditions: Celebrating Dance in India, co-edited with S. Burridge (Routledge, 2009), edited collection Dance: Transcending Borders (Tulika Books, 2008), and many journal articles and chapters in edited books.
Urmimala is currently the Vice President of World Dance Alliance - Asia Pacific, and the Network Co - Chair for World Dance Alliance, Research and Documentation.
Mallarika Sinha Roy is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Women’s Studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She received her D.Phil (PhD) from University of Oxford in 2008. Her research monograph is titled Gender and Radical Politics in India: Magic Moments of Naxalbari (1967-1975) (London: Routledge, 2011). She has also published articles in peer-reviewed journals like Feminist Review, Indian Journal of Gender Studies, Contemporary South Asia, Feminism and Psychology, and Journal of South Asian Development. Her research interests include social movement studies, gender and political violence, history and politics of South Asia.
Anupama Roy is Professor at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India. She was earlier a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Women’s Development Studies in Delhi. She obtained her PhD from the State University of New York at Binghamton, USA. She has been a Visiting Fellow in the University of Wurzburg, University of Sydney, and the University of Technology in Sydney. Her research interests straddle legal studies, political anthropology of public institutions and gender studies.
Her publications include Gendered Citizenship: Historical and Conceptual Explorations (Orient Longman, 2005, 2013, 2017), Mapping Citizenship in India (Oxford University Press, 2010, 2014), and Citizenship in India (Oxford India Short Introduction Series, OUP, 2016). Her research articles have appeared in various national and international journals, including Asian Studies Review, Australian Feminist Studies, Critical Asian Studies, Studies in Indian Politics, Contributions to Indian Sociology, Economic and Political Weekly, and Election Law Journal.
University of Warwick core participants
Milija Gluhovic is Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Warwick. His interest in memory and history has resulted in Performing European Memories: Trauma, Ethics, Politics (Palgrave, 2013), which explores the intersections between contemporary European theatre and performance, the interdisciplinary field of memory studies, and current preoccupations with the politics of memory in Europe. From 2010–2012 he convened (with Karen Fricker, Brock University) an AHRC-funded international, interdisciplinary research network titled “Eurovision Song Contest and the ‘New’ Europe”. The projected resulted in edited volume Performing the 'New' Europe: Identities, Feelings, and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest (Palgrave, 2013).
Milija has just completed with Jisha Menon (Stanford University) edited collection Performing the Secular: Religion, Representation, and Politics (Palgrave, 2017). He is currently writing a monograph Theory for Theatre Studies: Memory for the newly established series ‘Theory for Theatre Studies’ at Methuen.
Susan Haedicke is Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Warwick. She has also worked as a professional dramaturg in France (with Friches Théâtre Urbain, a street theatre company based in Paris) and in the United States. Her primary responsibilities are devising performance pieces and adapting non-theatrical texts.
Her current research, including practice-as-research, focuses on local food growing initiatives and community gardens worldwide and how they ‘perform’ in the larger social setting. She is currently involved in a practice-as-research project in Montreuil, France, Hope is a Wooded Time, that uses the arts to engage the surrounding communities in the restoration and preservation of a protected woodland that is a part of the old Murs à Pêches (plots where espaliered peach trees grew).
Anna Hajkova is Assistant Professor of Modern Continental European History at the University of Warwick. Her dissertation, "The Prisoner Society in Terezín Ghetto, 1941-1945," was awarded the 2014 Irma Rosenberg and Herbert Steiner Prizes, focused on the everyday history of the Holocaust, using the Terezín transit ghetto as a springboard to examine larger issues of human behavior under extreme stress.
She has co-edited, with Doris Bergen and Andrea Löw, Alltag im Holocaust: Jüdisches Leben im Großdeutschen Reich 1941-1945 (Oldenbourg, 2013), and written numerous book chapters and journal articles. Her other next project, Dreamers of a New Day: Building Socialism in Central Europe, 1930-1970, is a long-durée study of a cohort of leftist intellectuals who built socialism in Czechoslovakia, Poland, and (East) Germany.
Andy Lavender is Professor of Theatre & Performance at the University of Warwick and Head of the School of Theatre & Performance Studies and Cultural & Media Policy Studies. He publishes on contemporary theatre and performance, in particular looking at intermedial and cross-disciplinary work, new production processes and changes to the nature of performance and spectatorship. He has directed a number of theatre productions at venues including the ICA, Battersea Arts Centre, Lyric Hammersmith and Young Vic Studios, Tron Theatre Glasgow, Warwick Arts Centre, and at festivals in London, Manchester, France and Poland.
Andy has published two monographs: Hamlet in Pieces: Shakespeare reworked by Peter Brook, Robert Lepage and Robert Wilson (Nick Hern Books/Continuum, 2001) and Performance in the Twenty-First Century: Theatres of Engagement (Routledge, 2016). He has co-edited, with Jen Harvie, Making Contemporary Theatre: international rehearsal processes (Manchester University Press, 2010) and, with Sarah Bay-Cheng, Chiel Kattenbelt and Robin Nelson, Mapping Intermediality and Performance (Amsterdam University Press, 2010). He has also written numerous book chapters and journal articles.
Janelle Reinelt is Emeritus Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Warwick. She has served a four-year term as the President of the International Federation for Theatre Research. She is co-editor of the series Studies in International Performance for Palgrave Macmillan and an ex-editor of Theatre Journal. Her major area of interest is contemporary performance with an emphasis on contemporary British theatre, and international performance research and pedagogy.
Her publications include the recent collection, co-edited with Shirin Rai, The Grammar of Politics and Performance (Routledge, 2014), and 'Performance, Experience, Transformation: What do Spectators Value in Theatre?' (with Chris Megson), Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, 4.1 (2016).
Illan rua Wall is Associate Professor in the School of Law, University of Warwick. He has published a monograph, Human rights and constituent power: without model or warranty (Routledge, 2012), alongside various chapters and articles. He is one of the editors of the blog www.criticallegalthinking.com, and is on the editorial board of Law and Critique.
His current research focuses upon the relation between law and disorder. It examines the disorder that makes up the basis of constituent power. Thinking about Occupy, the Indignados and the many current sites of unrest, it begins to develop the novel field of the 'law of disorder'. This is not simply a collection of the various different legal apparatuses that repress or capture disorder, rather the 'law of disorder' thinks about law through and as disorder. He has published on critical legal theory, theories of constituent power, the Arab Spring, protest and transitional justice in Colombia, theories of human rights and revolt, and new Andean constitutional apparatuses.