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Memory, History and Historiography

Our research is engaged in challenging and revisiting received notions of memory, history and historiography and encompasses work with national, international and transnational reach. Our diverse engagement with this theme is exemplified by Yvette Hutchison's innovative Leverhulme-funded work on the performance of memory in South Africa, which culminated in her book South African Performance and the Archive of Memory (2013).

Milija Gluhovic's research showcased in Performing European Memories: Trauma, Ethics, Politics (2013) addresses key preoccupations with memory in contemporary European theatre and performance.

Silvija Jestrovic's investigations into the performance of exile, Kershaw's work on heritage sites and nostalgia for 'the future of the past' and Janelle Reinelt's engagement with the ethics and politics of performance and the public sphere in relation to the work of Jan Lauwers and David Edgar also contribute to this theme.

In terms of current theatre historiography research, Jim Davis' study of international exchange and communication networks between Britain and Australia in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries re-examines the cultural relationship between the two counties c. 1880–1960.

Margaret Shewring investigates Renaissance Festivals on land and water as places of exchange in the daily life of certain elite and popular audiences as evident in her recent edited collection Waterborne Pageants and Festivities in the Renaissance (2013).