The first publication arising from the original research work was a major edited volume, International Politics and Performance: Critical Aesthetics and Creative Practice, with our distinguished speakers as contributors. Edited by Jenny Edkins and Adrian Kear, the volume is “a brilliantly executed and creative collaboration. The product is not just a contribution to discourses on politics and aesthetics, but a productive mobilisation of what Edkins and Kear call ‘cross-talk’. The critical methodologies that emerge are used to explore core questions such as warfare and political protest,”  Vivienne Jabri, King’s College, London.


A second edited volumePresenting absence: performance and the politics of disappearance (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018) is currently in preparation.

Selected books by PPi convenors:


  • Jenny Edkins, Memory, Security, Politics (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018)
  • Jenny Edkins, Face Politics. (London: Routledge, 2015)
  • Karoline Gritzner, Adorno and Modern Theatre: The Drama of the Damaged Self in Bond, Rudkin, Barker and Kane (Springer Nature, 2015)


  • Daddario, W., Gritzner, K. Adorno and Performance. Performance Philosophy (Springer Nature, 2014)
  • Mike Pearson, The Lesson of Anatomy 1974/2014 (2014)
  • Adrian Kear, Theatre and Event: Staging the European Century. (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2013)


  • Mike Pearson, Marking Time: performance, archaeology and the city, (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2013)
  • Jenny Edkins, Missing: Persons and Politics. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011)


  • Mike Pearson, Mickery Theater: An Imperfect Archaeology. (Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press, 2011)
  • Karoline Gritzner, Eroticism and Death in Theatre and Performance. (University of Hertfordshire Press, Hatfield, 2010)
  • Mike Pearson, Site-Specific Performance. (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010)


  • Jenny Edkins and Nick Vaughan-Williams Critical Theorists in International Relations  (London: Routledge, 2009)
  • Jenny Edkins and Maja Zehfuss Global Politics: A New Introduction (Routledge, 2008)
  • Adrian Kear and Richard Gough On Appearance.(London and New York: Routledge, 2008)
  • David Ian Rabey and Karoline Gritzner, Theatre of Catastrophe: New Essays on Howard Barker. (Oberon Books, 2006)


  • Mike Pearson, In Comes I:Performance, Memory and Landscape (Exeter: Exeter University Press, 2006)
  • Jenny Edkins, Véronique Pin-Fat and Michael J. Shapiro (eds). Sovereign Lives: Power in Global Politics.  (New York: Routledge, 2004)
  • Jenny Edkins, Trauma and the Memory of Politics. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)


  • Patrick Campbell and Adrian Kear, Psychoanalysis and Performance.  (London and New York: Routledge, 2001)
  • Jenny Edkins, Whose Hunger: Concepts of Famine, Practices of Aid. (Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 2001; 2008)
  • Mike Pearson and Michael Shanks, Theatre/Archaeology. (London and New York: Routledge, 2001)


  • Adrian Kear and Deborah Lynn Steinberg, Mourning Diana: Nation, Culture and the Performance of Grief. (London and New York: Routledge, 1999)
  • Jenny Edkins, Poststructuralism and International Politics: Bringing the Political Back In. (Boulder, CO: Lynne Reinner, 1999)
  • Jenny Edkins, Nalini Persram and Véronique Pin-Fat (eds). Sovereignty and Subjectivity (Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner, 1999)