People Involved

PPi Convenors

Professor Jenny Edkins, Department of International Politics:

Professor Adrian Kear, Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies:

Professor Emeritus Mike Pearson, Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies:

Dr Karoline Gritzner, Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies:

Research Assistant

Kieran Holland, Theatre, Film and Television Studies:


External Advisory Board

prof. dr. Maaike Bleeker, President of Performance Studies international (PSi); Professor in Theatre Studies in the Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University

Credit: Ken Danks

Richard Gregory, Artistic Director, Quarantine, the internationally acclaimed Manchester-based experimental theatre company.

prof dr Heike Roms, Professor  in Theatre and Performance, Department of Drama, University of Exeter, winner of David Bradby TaPRA Award for Outstanding Research in International Theatre and Performance 2011


Professor Nicholas Ridout, Professor of Theatre in the Department of Drama, Queen Mary, University of London and Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellow at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.

Professor Diana Taylor, President, Modern Language Association (MLA); University Professor, Professor, Performance Studies and Spanish, New York University; Director, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics

Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams, Professor of International Security and Head of Department of Politics and International Studies, Warwick University; holder of the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Politics and International Studies

Distinguished Speakers

  • Louise Amoore, Professor of Political Geography, Durham University
  • Chris Balme, Direktor des Instituts für Theaterwissenschaft, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München
  • Simon Bayly, Reader in Drama, Theatre & Performance, Roehampton
  • Maaike Bleeker, Professor and Chair of Theatre Studies, Utrecht University
  • Costas DouzinasProfessor of Law, Birkbeck
  • Alexander García Düttmann, Professor of Philosophy and Visual Culture, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Paul DwyerSenior Lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Sydney 
  • Stuart Elden, Professor of Political Theory and Geography, Warwick University. Monash Warwick Professor, Faculty of Arts, Monash University.
  • Naeem Inayatullah, Professor, Department of Politics, Ithaca College
  • Vivienne Jabri, Professor of International Politics in the Department of War Studies, Kings College, London
  • Glenn Jordan, Reader in Cultural Studies and Creative Practice, University of South Wales and Director of Butetown History & Arts Centre
  • Joe Kelleher, Professor of Theatre and Performance, Roehampton
  •  Hans-Thies LehmannProfessor for Theatre Studies at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Debbie Lisle, Reader in International Relations in the School of Politics, International Studies, and Philosophy, Queen's University Belfast
  • Claire MacDonald, University of the Arts London
  • Nikolaus Müller-Schöll, Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaften, Goethe-Universität, University of Frankfurt
  • Sophie Nield, Senior Lecturer in Drama, Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance, Royal Holloway
  • Sam Okoth Opondo, Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics and Africana Studies, Vassar College N.Y. 
  • Véronique Pin-Fat, Department of Politics, University of Manchester
  • Martin PuchnerByron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature, Harvard University
  • Shirin M. Rai, Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Warwick
  • Alan Read, Professor of Theatre, King's College, London
  • Nicholas Ridout, Professor of Theatre, Drama Department, Queen Mary University of London
  • Joe Roach, Sterling Professor of Theater and English, Chair of the Theater Studies Advisory Committee and Director of Theater, Yale University
  • Rebecca SchneiderProfessor in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Brown University
  • Michael J Shapiro, Professor of Political Science, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
  • Robbie Shilliam, Professor in International Relations, Queen Mary University of London
  • Christine Sylvester, Professor of Political Science and of Women’s Studies at University of Connecticut
  • Diana TaylorUniversity Professor and Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish, New York University
  • Nick Vaughan-Williams, Professor in International Security, Politics and International Studies, Warwick University
  • Chris Weedon, Professor and Head of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University
  • Maja Zehfuss, Professor of International Politics, The University of Manchester

Associate practice-based researchers

  • Simon Banham, Scenographer/Theatre Designer, co-founder of Quarantine theatre company.
  • Michael Brookes, Scenographer and Theatre maker
  • Jill Greenhalgh, Theatre maker, Artistic Director of The Magdalena Project (International Network of Women in Contemporary Theatre)
  • Richard Gregory, Artistic Director, Quarantine theatre company
  • Eddie Ladd, Dance and Performance Artist
  • Peter Snowdon, Filmmaker, Director and Writer, known for The Uprising (2013)

Collaborative Links

Visual Politics Research Cluster, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland
Warwick Performance and Politics Network
Hemispheric Institute of the Americas
British International Studies Association (BISA) Art and Politics Working Group

Aberystwyth University Departments

Department of International Politics
Head of Department: Richard Beardsworth, EH Carr Professor of International Politics
Theatre Film & Television Studies
Head of Department: Dr Anwen Jones, Reader in Theatre

Professor Richard Beardsworth, Head of Department of International Politics, introducing the Symposium in April

Some of the academic staff at the Department of International Politics associated with PPi:

Ayla Gol, Senior Lecturer in International Politics
Inanna Hamati-Ataya, Reader in International Politics
Gillian McFadyen, Lecturer in International Politics
Mustapha Pasha, Chair in International Politics
Brieg Powel, Lecturer in International Politics
Lucy Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies

Some of the academic staff at TFTS associated with PPi:

Birgit Beumers, Professor of Film Studies
Simon Banham, Reader in Scenography
Andrew Filmer, Senior Lecturer in Drama Theatre and Performance
Karoline Gritzner, Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance
Gareth Llyr Evans, Lecturer in Creative Arts

Some of the academic staff at DGES associated with PPi:

Gareth Hoskins, Senior Lecturer
Peter Merriman, Professor in Human Geography
Mitch Rose, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

TFTS researchers associated with PPi:

Dr Jazmin Llana, ‘Ritual and Event in the Post-colonial Performance of the Philippines’, Ford Foundation funded PhD: successfully completed 2009
Dr Esther Pilkington, ‘The Journey as Performance’, AHRC funded PhD: successfully completed 2011
Dr Daniel Ladnar, ‘The Lecture Performance’, APRS funded PhD: successfully completed 2014
Dr Richard Allen, ‘Theatre Machines’, part-time practice-based PhD: successfully completed 2014
Dr Tom Payne, ‘Performance and the Politics of Place: National Theatre Wales’, KESS funded PhD: successfully completed 2014
Dr Reuben Knutson, PhD completed 2017
Dr Alison Matthews, ‘What the Money Meant: Dramaturgies of Social Exchange’, AIPRS funded PhD: completed 2016
Ashley Wallington, ‘Performing Authenticity’, part-time PhD in progress: commenced 2010
Dr Rebecca Collins, ‘On Being Audience’, APRS PhD completed 2016
Dr Marios Chatziprokopiou, ‘Displaced Laments: Performing Mourning and Exile in Contemporary Athens, Greece’, DCDS funded PhD successfully completed 2017.
Keiran Holland, AberDoc studentship, commenced 2016

International Politics researchers associated with PPi:

Dr Catherine Charrett, ‘The Performativity of Threat: Hamas and the European Union after the 2006 Legislative Elections in Palestine’, PhD awarded 2015
Dr Sarah Jamal, DCDS Scholarship, PhD in progress: commenced 2012
Dr Adhemar Mercado, DCDS Scholarship, PhD awarded
Dr Lydia Cole, ESRC (+3) Studentship Award, Economic and Social Research Council, PhD successfully completed 2017
Prithvi Hirani, DCDS Scholarship, PhD in progress: commenced 2013
Dr Yvonne Rinkart, ESRC (1+3) Studentship Award, Economic and Social Research Council, PhD successfully completed 2017
Desiree Poets, ESRC (1+3) Studentship Award, Economic and Social Research Council, PhD in progress: commenced 2013
Danielle House, ESRC (+3) Studentship Award, Economic and Social Research Council, PhD in progress: commenced 2014
Amal Abu-Bakare, EH Carr Studentship, PhD in progress: commenced 2016