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Theatre Studies > Globally-oriented curriculum

How do departments claim to convey global knowledge?

region-specific modules

European Street Theatre (Year 1):

  • "This practice-based module introduces students to the public art of European street theatre from two perspectives: the practitioner and the historian/scholar"

the study of global theatre

Intercultural Theatre Practices (Year 3):

  • "What is culture, and how is it constructed? (This will include exploring the construction of cultural hegemony, a collective ideology and aesthetics). Here we will specifically be looking at Patrice Pavis’s introduction to the Intercultural Performance Reader, looking at the various approaches to culture and exploring the implications of these approaches, particularly in relation to globalisation"
  • "We then turn to looking at the implications of such construction of culture for the way we represent ourselves as a group – either as an essentialist discourse (exclusively) or as a constructivist discourse (inclusively). This notion of representation includes the negotiation of identity – both personal and collective. This, in turn, leads us to ask how a multi-cultural context, as the world has become in the global context, affects the expression of this complex identity in performance?"
  • "If we are working across cultures, languages and contexts, how do the issues of translation, appropriation, and representation affect intercultural performance practice?"
  • "What is the relationship between the postcolonial and intercultural in the context of globalisation and media?"

  • "These ideas will be explored against actual examples of interactions between Asia, Africa and Europe in twentieth century film and theatre"

The study of global identities and culture in theatre

Theatre and Ideology: Exilic Perspectives (Year 3) :

  • "This module aims to investigate the relationship between theatre and ideology in specific relation to identity as it has been affected by the contemporary experience of displacement, exile, mass migration in the first term; and then postcolonial and intercultural interaction in the second term"
  • "Culture, and how is it constructed, particularly in relation to globalisation?"

international researchers

Interpreting the Theatrical Past (Year 3):

  • "The module will be divided into two parts. The first is a collaboration with Professor Tracy Davis (no, she’s not a relation!) of Northwestern University. She is developing a new approach to the creation of anthologies for teaching theatre history and I have agreed to pilot the schemeshe is using at Northwestern at Warwick as part of this module. She will be at Warwick to assist in the first couple of seminars and we will be sharing the materials she has created for teaching. The second part of the module will consider historiographical issues in the study of theatre history more generally."

Multimedia Performance:

  • "This is a level 3 course which enables a more focussed and theoretically intensive discussion than first and second year courses"