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Dr Milija Gluhovic

Dr Milija Gluhovic

Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance
International Exchange Officer

Tel: +44 (0)24 765 74773
Email: m dot gluhovic at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room F04a, Millburn House
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7HS


Milija Gluhovic is Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Warwick. Milija joined the School in September of 2006. He holds a BA in English (Hons) from the University of Novi Sad, an MA in English from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD in Drama from the University of Toronto (2005). He was Director of the Erasmus Mundus MA in International Performance Research (2010-2015), an EU-sponsored programme taught collaboratively by the University of Warwick, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Helsinki, the University of Arts in Belgrade, and Trinity College Dublin.

Research interests

My research interests include: contemporary European theatre and performance; memory studies and psychoanalysis; discourses of European identity, migrations and human rights; religion, secularity, and politics; contemporary North American and North African theatre and performance, and international performance research and pedagogy.

My interest in memory and history has resulted in Performing European Memories: Trauma, Ethics, Politics (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. The book examines the contradictions, specificities, continuities and discontinuities in the European shared and unshared pasts as represented in the works of Harold Pinter, Tadeusz Kantor, and Heiner Müller, Andrzej Wajda, Artur Zmijewski and other European artists, showing different ways in which they engage with the traumatic experiences of the Holocaust, the Stalinist Gulags, colonialism, and imperialism, challenge their audiences' historical imagination, and renew their affective engagement with Europe's past.

From 2010–2012 I 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 an edited volume entitled Performing the 'New' Europe: Identities, Feelings, and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest (2013). Bringing together the voices of scholars from Europe and North America with those of key contest stakeholders, the book argues that this popular music competition is a symbolic contact zone between European cultures: an arena for European identification in which both national solidarity and participation in a European identity are confirmed, and a site where cultural struggles over the meanings, frontiers and limits of Europe are enacted. This book/project received world-wide media attention: it was discussed in media outlets including The New York Times, the Guardian, The Times, CNN, BBC, and the CBC and it received the University of Warwick Inaugural Arts Impact Award.

My current research projects continue my interest in critical approaches to performance and to developing understandings of the socio-political importance of cultural practice. Last year I completed an edited anthology Performing the Secular: Religion, Representation, and Politics (Palgrave, 2017; with Jisha Menon). The volume aims to develop comparative methodological approaches to the analysis of the secular and to consider the ways ‘the secular’ has been translated into theatre and performance studies. Together with colleagues from Amsterdam and Helsinki I have recently edited a volume of essays entitled International Performance Research Pedagogy: The Unconditional Discipline? (Palgrave, 2018). The anthology critically reflects on teaching Theatre and Performance Studies in an international university classroom while addressing the broader question of the critical link between the discipline of Performance Studies and Humanities education in the contemporary university in the context of globalisation.

I am currently writing a monograph Theory for Theatre Studies: Memory (2019, forthcoming) for the newly established series ‘Theory for Theatre Studies’ at Methuen. Covering sites from across Europe, Latin America, South Africa, India and Japan, geographies where some of the most important “memory work” has occurred, the project will compellingly illustrate the centrality of memory for the theatre as well as the vital role of theatre in making political claims and interventions and transmitting individual and collective memories. I am also co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Politics and Performance with Silvija Jestrovic, Shirin Rai, and Michael Saward; this volume promises to provide a rigorous, thoroughgoing exploration of the key themes involved in the study of this interdisciplinary field of research and scholarship. Finally, I am collaborating on the project 'What's Left of the Left?: Performance Geographies' with colleagues from Warwick and JNU (New Delhi).

Administrative roles

  • Director for International Engagement


  • PhD (Toronto)
  • MA (British Columbia)
  • BA (Novi Sad)

Office hours

Miliija is on study leave autumn term 2018


Undergraduate modules

Contemporary European Theatre: Representations, Ethics, Politics (3rd year, autumn/spring)

Love: Performance, Theory and Criticism (3rd year, spring)

Religion, Secularity, and Affect in the Modern World (2nd year, autumn)

Performance Analysis (1st year)

Postgraduate modules

MA in Theatre and Performance Research (autumn/spring)