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Sat, Sep 17, '16
10:30am - 5:30pm
Researching Amateur Theatre symposium
Department of Drama & Theatre, Royal Holloway University of London

You are warmly invited to hear what the members of the Amateur Drama Research project have been doing, and to discuss amateur theatre. The day will take the form of short talks, brief performances, exhibitions, workshops about archiving and documenting theatre, and roundtable discussions. We are delighted that we will be joined by the following speakers:

Lyn Gardner, theatre critic at The Guardian

Ian Wainwright, Royal Shakespeare Company’s producer of Dream16 and Open Stages

Simon Sladen, Senior Curator in Modern and Contemporary Performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Tamara von Werthern, Nick Hern Books

And leading members of the amateur theatre… including a brief performance by theRoyal Navy Theatre Association

The event is free, but registration is essential. It’s at Royal Holloway, University of London – not far from Windsor (Egham)Further information and registration can be found here:

Find out more about the projects here:

Wed, Oct 12, '16
4:30pm - 6pm
Research Seminar - Dave Calvert and Matt Hargrave
Room G56, Millburn House

Dave Calvert - 'Negative Dialectics and the work of learning disabled performers'


Matt Hargrave - ‘Dance with a Stranger: Torque Show’s Intimacy (2014) and the experience of vulnerability in performance and spectatorship’

Find out more HERE

Wed, Nov 2, '16
5:15pm - 7pm
Millburn Seminar
A0.28, Milburn House
Mon, Feb 6, '17
10am - 3:30pm
Cultures of the Left: Manifestations and Performances
IAS Seminar Room, Millburn House

What is the legacy and current potential of the Cultural Left to ‘perform the possibility that the world can be otherwise’? This workshop is part of the British Academy funded International Partnership and Mobility project between the University of Warwick and JNU. It is interested in comparative cross-national and cross-disciplinary understandings of what constitutes a Left cultural practice in opposition to capitalist ideology and the rise of the right, and also as a means of critique within the Left itself, in the past and in the present.


10.00 am – 10.15 Gathering/ Coffee

10.15- 10.30– Introduction of the project (Dr Silvija Jestrovic)

 10.30 – 11.45 Panel I Affective Legacies of the Left

Chair: TBA

Dr Illan rua Wall (School of Law, University of Warwick): Our Revolting Mood

Dr Anna Hajkova (History, University of Warwick): Oranges, Donkeys, Communism: The transnational legacies of the Czechoslovak Interbrigadists 


 11:45 – 13.15 Panel II Spaces of Dissent

Chair: Dr Susan Headacke (Theatre Studies, University of Warwick)

Dr Swati Arora (Theatre Studies, University of Exeter): Scarred Geographies: Jana Natya Manch at ‘biyaasi number’ in Delhi

Dr Benjamin Smith (History, University of Warwick): From Choirboy to Guerrilla: Mario Menéndez and the Rise of Radical Journalism in Mexico, 1960-1974

 13.15 – 14.00 Lunch

 14.00 -15.30 Discussion: Between Theory and Practice: How to ‘perform the possibility that the world could be otherwise?

Chair: Prof. Shirin Rai (PAIS) & Dr Milija Gluhovic (Theatre) –Politics and Performance Network

Wed, Feb 8, '17
5:15pm - 6:30pm
Millburn Research Seminar - Prof. Jane Rendell (Bartlett, UCL) - 'May Mo(u)rn: A Site Writing '

This term's Millburn Seminar speaker will be Prof. Jane Rendell, who is Professor of Architecture and Art at the Bartlett School, University College London. She will give a talk that looks at transititional spaces in architecture and psychoanalysis entitled 'May Mo(u)rn: A Site Writing '.

Prof. Rendell is an architectural designer and historian, art critic and writer. Her work has explored various interdisciplinary intersections: feminist theory and architectural history, fine art and architectural design, autobiographical writing and criticism. She is the author of Site-Writing: The Architecture of Art Criticism (2010), Art and Architecture (2006), The Pursuit of Pleasure (2002), Critical Architecture (2007), Spatial Imagination (2005), The Unknown City (2001), Intersections (2000), Gender Space Architecture (1999) and Strangely Familiar (1995).

This talk will be conducted in the experimental and interdisciplinary spirit of her ongoing ‘site-writing’ project, ‘which generates spatial and textual processes of art and architectural criticism out of psychoanalytic positions and modes of operation’.

The Millburn Seminar will take place on Wednesday February 8th, at 5.15pm in Room A0.28, Millburn House, followed by a drinks reception.

All are welcome

The Millburn Seminar is a series of interdisciplinary speakers, run by the School of Theatre and Performance Studies, Dept. of Film and Television Studies, and the Dept. of History of Art, and supported by the Humanities Research Centre.

Wed, Mar 8, '17
4:30pm - 6pm
Research Seminar - Carolyn Deby and Nicolas Whybrow

Carolyn Deby - Choreographing audience experience: being permeable, in the world

The question of how to get inside of (and create meaning from) the moment-to-moment of a lived experience in time–space is at the core of my practice as sirenscrossing. This paper will introduce sirenscrossing’s approach to choreographing ‘audience experience’ as an assemblage of flows, convergence, and being, sited within the urban–wild, by which I mean a continuous field where the urban and the wild are mutually manifest, indistinct, and utterly entangled. sirenscrossing’s approach to audience experience will be articulated in relation to a turn in theatre/performance, from the late 20th Century until now, towards a more active spectator, with a particular emphasis on sensory experience, attention to site, and social engagement. Amongst other things, Lavender (2016), Alston (2016), and Machon (2011) identify an increased tendency towards hybrid forms of performance where several art forms might be employed, the boundaries between them ignored or blurred. Alston’s emphasis on ‘immersive’ theatre as a reflection of neoliberal and capitalist values will be considered. Of relevance will be Machon’s articulation of a particular sort of performance work as (syn)aesthetics, a term “which defines and embraces fused corporeal and cerebral experiences” (2011, p. 4). White’s (2012; 2013) consideration of ‘immersive theatre’ specifically in relation to audience participation and the ‘invitation’ will be cited, alongside Lavery and Williams’ interview with Lone Twin (2011). The paper will itself be framed as an experience or container for possible meanings in relation to the context within which it is presented. Meaning will emerge via an experiential, verbal and non-verbal collage.

Nicolas Whybrow - Folkestone perennial: the enduring work of art in the reconstitution of place

Ostensibly contemporary art biennials seek to engage with the places that host them, yet frequently they are viewed critically as elitist ‘art world’ events that are disconnected from their localities. The aim of this paper is to establish how public art works in a given context, both as part of a format prescribed by the art event and in its potential to intersect with the intricate, contingent and varied constellation of the urban location in question. It addresses this central tension by examining the case of Folkestone, a town on the south Kent coast in the UK that once enjoyed a thriving identity as both seaside resort and gateway to Europe. From the 1960s onwards a gradual decline set in with the advent of mass global travel, culminating in the deathblow that was dealt by the nearby Eurotunnel’s inauguration towards century’s end, which signalled the end of the town’s ferry link to the continental mainland. A concerted attempt has been underway for a decade now to revitalise the town using the arts, creative industries and education as the drivers of regeneration. One of the main initiatives in this endeavour was the introduction in 2008 of the Folkestone Triennial, a three-month summer event in which high-profile international artists were commissioned to produce sited artworks for the town, turning it into a form of urban gallery. With successive Triennials occurring in 2011 and 2014, and several works from all three being retained as permanent acquisitions, this paper takes stock of the impact of these artistic engagements with the town, showing how, as an ensemble, they interact with one another and asking whether they have the capacity to contribute to a reconstituted identity for Folkestone in an integrated and lasting way. Artworks considered include interventions by Christina Iglesias, Tim Etchells, Mark Wallinger, Richard Wentworth and Michael Sailstorfer.

Wed, Apr 26, '17
9:30am - 4:45pm
Sky Blues City: Imagining a Sustainable Cultural Future for Coventry
The Helen Martin Studio, University of Warwick

Sky Blues City: Imagining a Sustainable Cultural Future for Coventry

26th April, 2017. The Helen Martin Studio, University of Warwick

A one-day event aimed at exploring new collaborative research opportunities arising from the UK City of Culture bid and the Ten Year Cultural Strategy.

To find out more about the event, and to register for a place, CLICK HERE.

Convenor and facilitator:

Dr Nicolas Whybrow, Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick


09.30 Vice Chancellor’s Welcome

Professor Stuart Croft, University of Warwick

Professor John Latham, Coventry University

09.40 Coventry UK City of Culture bid & 10-year cultural strategy

Professor Jonothan Neelands, Warwick Business School and Warwick Creative Exchange, University of Warwick

Professor Neil Forbes, Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University

10.00 Panel Presentations: Sensing the City: a practice-based case-study of Coventry

Dr Natalie Garrett Brown and Dr Emma Meehan, Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University

Dr Michael Pigott, Film and TV Studies, University of Warwick

Carolyn Deby, artist director sirenscrossing and PhD student, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick

11.00 Refreshment break

11.15 Panel Presentations: Diversity in Coventry

The legacy of the city of culture – community relations – the role of arts and culture in community development

Sinead Ouillon, Programme Leader, The City University Initiative, Coventry University and

Dr Chris Shannahan, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University

Siberia and Us: Polish exilic memory and second generation artistic strategies

Adrian Palka, School of Media and Performing Arts, Coventry University

Does an ecosystem approach help to understand and reflect the diversity and values of the creative and cultural sector?

Victoria Barker, PhD student, Centre for Business in Society, Coventry University

12.15 Plenary

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Keynote: Research Opportunities in the UK City of Culture 2017 and Beyond

Professor Franco Bianchini, Culture, Place and Policy Institute, University of Hull

14.15 Panel Presentations: Social value and impact

Live Art. Collision. Hyperlocal. Supernow: Birmingham’s Fierce Festival

Dr Cath Lambert, Sociology, University of Warwick

Working with communities - deepening the engagement or extending the procession?

Justine Themen, Associate Director, Belgrade Theatre

Urban Cultural Intermediaries: the 'Students and the City' project

Dr Jonathan Vickery, Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick

15.15 Panel Presentations: Urban engagements

Vehicles of Communication: The Cart and other rolling conversations

Janet Vaughan, artist, Talking Birds and Rachel Dickinson, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick

Bringing back the Sensorama: multi-sensory virtual reality

Dr Sarah Jones, School of Media and Performing Arts, Coventry University

Breakfast Elsewhere Project, Coventry

Carmen Wong, PhD student, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick

16.00 Informal Conversations: Next steps and calls to action over afternoon tea

16.45 Finish

Wed, May 24, '17
5:15pm - 6:30pm
Millburn Research Seminar CANCELLED - Dr. Brian Dillon (Royal College of Art)
Room A0.28, Millburn House