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Dr Milija Gluhovic

Dr Milija Gluhovic

Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance
MAIPR Director; 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 and Director of the Erasmus Mundus MA in International Performance Research, an EU-sponsored programme taught collaboratively by the University of Warwick, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Helsinki, and the University of Arts in Belgrade (from 2011). 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).

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; cosmopolitanism and globalisation; contemporary North American and North African theatre and performance.

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.

Currently I am working Jisha Menon (Stanford University) on an edited collection entitled Rethinking the Secular: Performance, Religion, and the Public Sphere, which explores the itineraries of ‘the secular’ within the modern world. While much has been said about the co-imbrication of religion and performance, the category of ‘the secular’ circulates unmarked within the disciplines of theatre and performance studies. The increasing public contestations of the secular ideal mobilize passionate performances through claims and counter-claims that confirm the importance of religion in public life. This edited volume hopes to develop comparative methodological approaches to the analysis of the secular and to consider the ways ‘the secular’ has translated into the theatre and performance studies perspectives.

I am also working on my second monograph, which looks at a wide range of theatrical representations originating from different parts of Europe, which address the changing cultures of Europe in the post-1989 era and touch upon many pressing cultural and political concerns such as the issues of migrations, borders, and social justice; current debates concerning secularism, Republican ideals, Islam, and European identity; and cross-cultural collaborations between European artists.

Administrative roles

  • Director of the MA in International Performance Research (MAIPR)
  • International Exchange Officer


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

Office hours

Spring 2014

Fridays 1–2pm (or by appointment)