Prof.'in Dr. Helen Gilbert
Englisches Seminar I
Büro: Philosophikum, Raum 1.105
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Donnerstags, 11:00 - 12:00 Uhr
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11. Februar 2020, 14:00 - 15:00 Uhr
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Philosophikum, Raum 1.105
Educated in Australia and Canada, my primary academic interest lies in the theatre and performance of marginalised cultures. Over the last three decades, my research has spanned artistic works and practices drawn from diverse parts of the world, with special emphasis on contemporary theatre in Australasia, Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand. Thematically, I concentrate on issues relating to race and representation, indigeneity, cultural identity, nationalism, democracy, diplomacy and the politics and aesthetics of cross-cultural engagement. Theoretically, my work attempts to extend postcolonial analytical models to better account for performative praxis. My current passion is the study of arts-based activism in the age of the Anthropocene, particularly in relation to climate change.
From 2009–14, I led a transnational European Research Council-funded project on indigenous performance across the Americas, the Pacific, Australia and South Africa. A major performance-based exhibition, EcoCentrix: Indigenous Arts, Sustainable Acts (2013), emerged from this interdisciplinary work, along with several edited volumes, including Recasting Commodity and Spectacle in the Indigenous Americas (2014) and In the Balance: Indigeneity, Performance, Globalization (2017). The exhibition brought images, objects, sounds, performances and live art installations by over 40 international artists to London and was shortlisted for a UK national engagement award. A monograph synthesising the project’s pioneering insights is near completion; it focuses on transnational aspects of indigenous performance, paying special attention to environmental justice, belonging, commodity culture, heritage and reconciliation. Alongside this work, I am developing a smaller project on war and remembrance in indigenous performing arts since the 1990s.
My earlier books include Post-colonial Drama: Theory, Practice, Politics (co-authored with Joanne Tompkins, 1996) and two award-winning monographs: Performance and Cosmopolitics: Cross Cultural Transactions in Australasia (co-authored with Jacqueline Lo, 2007), and Sightlines: Race, Gender and Nation in Contemporary Australian Theatre (1998). I have also published in animal studies, among other eclectic topics. With Helen Tiffin and Robert Cribb, I wrote Wild Man from Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutan (2014), which studies the species boundary between humans and orangutans as imagined by scientists, philosophers, artists and the public at large over the past three centuries. In 2015, I was awarded a Humboldt Prize for career achievements in international and interdisciplinary arts research.
|From the Margins: Identity and Democracy in Indigenous Performing Arts||Vorlesung||Start: 10. Oktober 2019 |
Donnerstags, 16:00 Uhr
|Indigenous Theatre in Australia and Canada||Hauptseminar||Start: 11. Oktober 2019 |
Freitags, 10:00 Uhr
|Precarious Environments: Ecological Crisis on the Contemporary Stage||Hauptseminar||Start: 11. Oktober 2019 |
Freitags, 14:00 Uhr
Hörsaal H 80
Books and Major Editions
Wild Man of Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutan. Co-authored with Robert Cribb and Helen Tiffin. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press. [318pp] Shortlisted for NSW Premier’s History Awards 2015, also International Convention of Asia Scholars Prize, 2015. [Contribution 40%]
Performance and Cosmopolitics: Cross-Cultural Transactions in Australasia. Co-authored with Jacqueline Lo. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [246pp]. [Won Robert Jordan Prize 2007/8; also shortlisted for New South Wales Premier’s Prize and Gleebooks Award]
Post-Colonial Plays: An Anthology. London: Routledge. [486pp. Contains approx. 40,000 words original editorial material]
Sightlines: Race, Gender and Nation in Contemporary Australian Theatre. Ann Arbor: Michigan University Press. [274pp] [Won Walter Macrae Russell Prize 2008 and Robert Jordan Prize, 2008].
Post-colonial Drama: Theory, Practice, Politics. Co-authored with Joanne Tompkins. London: Routledge. [344pp] [Translated into Korean, 2006. Excerpts reprinted 2010 and 2000 in separate Routledge Readers and 2000 in Harcourt Brace Anthology]
In The Balance: Indigeneity, Performance, Globalization. Co-edited with J.D. Phillipson and Michelle Raheja. Liverpool University Press, 2017. [334pp; critical introduction 24pp]. New addition forthcoming in 2019.
Recasting Commodity and Spectacle in the Indigenous Americas. Co-edited with Charlotte Gleghorn, London: Institute of Latin American Studies. [273pp; introduction 18pp]
Burden or Benefit: The Legacies of Benevolence. Co-edited with Chris Tiffin. Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP. [240pp; critical introduction 12pp]
Colonialism and Commerce: Economies of Representation 1790–2000. Co-edited with Leigh Dale. 2007 Burlington, VT: Ashgate. [249pp; critical introduction 12pp]
In Transit: Travel, Text, Empire. Co-edited with Anna Johnston. New York: Peter Lang. [285pp; critical introduction 20pp]
Diaspora: Negotiating Asian-Australia. Co-edited with Tseen Khoo and Jacqueline Lo. Brisbane: University of Queensland Press. [245pp; critical introduction 12pp]
(Post)Colonial Stages: Critical and Creative Views on Drama, Theatre, and Performance. Hebden Bridge, Sussex: Dangaroo. [278pp; critical introduction 9pp]
Edited Journal Issues
Indigeneity and Performance, special issue of Interventions: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Postcolonial Studies, 15.2. [8 essays; critical introduction 8pp]
Performance and Asylum, special issue of RIDE: Research in Drama Education, 13.2, co-edited with Sophie Nield. [Contribution 75%] [14 essays; introduction]
“Indigenous Festivals: Transnational Perspectives.” The Cambridge Campanion to International Theatre Festivals. Ed. Ric Knowles. Cambridge: Cambridge UP (forthcoming).
“Performing the Anthropocene: Marrugeku’s Cut the Sky.” EcoCritical Concerns and the Australian Continent. Ed. Beate Neumeier and Helen Tiffin. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield (forthcoming).
“Out of the Exhibition: Installation, Activation, Invigilation.” In the Balance: Indigeneity, Performance, Globalization. Ed. Helen Gilbert, J.D. Phillipson and Michelle Raheja. Liverpool: Liverpool UP (forthcoming in new edition)
“On Show: Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.” The Social Work of Narrative: Human Rights and the Cultural Imaginary. Ed. Gareth Griffiths and Philip Mead. Amsterdam: Ibidem/Columbia UP, 249–78.
“Let the Games Begin: Pageants, Protests, Indigeneity (1968–2010).” The Politics of Interweaving Performance Cultures. Ed. Erika Fischer-Lichte, Torsten Jost and Saskya Iris Jain. New York: Routledge, 156–75. Winner of Marlis Thiersch Prize 2015.
“Diaspora and Performance.” Diasporas: Concepts, Identities, Intersections. Ed. Kim Knott and Sean McLoughlin. London: Sage, 151–56.
“Aboriginal Theatre in Canada.” Cambridge History of Canadian Literature. Ed. Coral Ann Howells and Eva-Marie Kröller. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 518–35. [Translated into Japanese 2013]
“Ecotourism: A Colonial Legacy?” Five Emus to the King of Siam: Essays on Environment and Empire. Ed. Helen Tiffin. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 51–69.
“Millennial Blues: Performing the (White) Nation.” Playing Australia: Theatre, Diaspora, Dialogue. Ed. Susan Pfisterer and Elizabeth Schafer. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 12–28.
“Embodied Knowledges: Technologies of Representation in a Postcolonial Classroom.” Crucible of Cultures. Ed. Marc Maufort and Franca Bellarsi. Brussels: Peter Lang, 326–40.
“Belated Journeys: Ecotourism as a Style of Travel Performance.” In Transit: Travel, Text, Empire. Ed. Helen Gilbert and Anna Johnston. New York: Peter Lang, 255–74.
“Post-colonial Theatre, Tourism, and the Sex Trade.” The Body in the Library: Post-colonial Representations of the Body. Ed. Leigh Dale and Simon Ryan. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 206–15.
“Reconciliation? Aboriginality and Australian Theatre in the 1990s.” Our Australian Theatre in the 1990s. Ed. Veronica Kelly. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 71–88. [Reprinted in Australian Studies Now reader, 2007]
“GI Joe Versus Digger Dave: Contemporary Australian Drama and the Vietnam War.” WAR: Australia's Creative Response. Ed. Anna Rutherford and Jim Wieland. Sydney: Dangaroo, 293–307.
“Dressed to Kill: A Post-Colonial Reading of Costume and the Body in Contemporary Australian Theatre.” Imperialism and Theatre: Essays on World Theatre, Drama, and Performance, 1795–1995. Ed. J. Ellen Gainor. London: Routledge, 104–31.
“De-scribing Orality: Performance and the Recuperation of Indigenous Voices.” De-scribing Empire: Colonialism and Textuality. Ed. Chris Tiffin and Alan Lawson. London: Routledge, 98–111. [Reprinted in Performance Analysis coursebook, 2001]
“Edges of the Self: Topographies of the Body in the Writing of David Malouf.” Provisional Maps: Critical Essays on David Malouf. Ed. Amanda Nettlebeck. Perth: Centre for Studies in Australian Literature, 85–100. Jointly authored with Leigh Dale.
“'Talking Country': Place and Displacement in Jack Davis's Theatre.” Jack Davis: A Critical Study. Ed. Gerry Turcotte. Sydney: Collins-Angus & Robertson, 60–71.
“Disguising Desire: Gender and Imperialism in Jill Shearer's Shimada.” Myths, Heroes and Anti-Heroes: Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region. Ed. Bruce Bennett and Dennis Haskell. Perth: Centre for Studies in Australian Literature, 47–57. Jointly authored with Leigh Dale.
“Diplomatic Interventions: Aboriginal Performance on the International Stage in the 21st Century.” Journal of Australian Studies 32: 76–82.
“Cultural Graffiti in London: Singing Life into Exhibitions and Embodying the Digital Document.” UNESCO Observatory e-Journal 15.1: 1–36. Co-author: J.D. Phillipson.
“Indigeneity, Time and the Cosmopolitics of Postcolonial Belonging in the Atomic Age.” Interventions: An International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 15.2: 195–210.
“A Line of Distinction: Orangutan Farces and Questions of Interpretation.” Kunapipi 34.2: 152–62.
“Manjula Padmanabhan’s Harvest: Global Technoscapes and the International Trade in Human Body Organs.“ Contemporary Theatre Review 16.1: 122–29.
“‘Let them know you have broughtuptcy’: Childhood and Child-Subjects in Olive Senior’s Short Fiction.” Kunapipi 26.1: 24–38.
“Black and White and Re(a)d All Over Again: Indigenous Minstrelsy in Australian and Canadian Theatre.” Theatre Journal 55.4: 679–98. [Prizewinner 2004, 2005. Reprinted in Multicultural and Intercultural Theatre essay collection, 2009; and Daniel David Moses: Spoken and Written Explorations of his Work, 2015]
“Great Adventures in Nursing: Colonial Discourse and Health Care Delivery in Canada’s North.” Jouvert: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies 7.1: http://social.chass.ncsu.edu/jouvert/v7i2/gilber.htm
“Towards a Topography of Cross-cultural Theatre Praxis.” The Drama Review 46.3: 31–53. Co-author Jacqueline Lo. [Translated into Macedonian, 2005]
“Toil and Traffic: Australian Appropriations of the Suzuki Method.” Australasian Drama Studies 39: 76–91. Jointly authored with Jacqueline Lo.
“Cultural Frictions: John Romeril’s The Floating World.” Theatre Research International 26.1: 60–70.
“Bodies in Focus: Photography and Performativity in Post-Colonial Theatre.” Textual Studies in Canada 10/11: 17–32. [Special issue on Visual & Verbal Cultures, Ed. W.F. Garrett-Petts and Henry Hubert]
“Theatre and Cultural Commerce: Louis Nowra’s Cosí.” Southerly 57.3: 191–99.
“Performing Hybridity in Post-colonial Monodrama.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature 31.1: 5–19. Joint article with Jacqueline Lo. [Reprinted in Solo Performance essay collection, 2011].
“Ghosts in a Landscape: Louis Nowra's Inside the Island and Janis Balodis's Too Young for Ghosts.” Southern Review 27: 432–47.
“Occidental (Sex) Tourists: Michael Gurr's Sex Diary of an Infidel.” Australasian Drama Studies 25: 177–88.
“Monumental Moments: Michael Gow's 1841, Stephen Sewell's Hate, Louis Nowra's Capricornia and Australia's Bicentenary.” Australasian Drama Studies 24: 29–45.
“The Serpent's Gaze: Re-working Myths for a Feminist Australian Drama.” Australian and New Zealand Studies in Canada 10: 30–40.
“The Catherine Wheel: Travel, Exile, and the (Post) Colonial Woman.” Southerly 53.2: 58–77. [Prizewinner 1994].
“Post-Colonial Grotesques: Re-membering the Body in Louis Nowra's Visions and The Golden Age.” SPAN 36.2: 618–33. [Reprinted in book on Louis Nowra, 2015]
“Looking the Same? A Preliminary (Post-colonial) Discussion of Orientalism and Occidentalism in Australia and Japan.” Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature 41: 35–50. Joint paper with Leigh Dale. [Reprinted in Edward Said anthology 2001]
“Fish or Fowl: Post-Colonialism and Australian Drama.” Australian–Canadian Studies 10.2: 131–35.
“The Dance as Text in Contemporary Australian Drama: Movement and Resistance Politics.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 23.1: 133–47. [Reprinted in Postcolonial Studies Reader 1994]
“The Boomerang Effect: David Malouf's Blood Relations as an Oppositional Re-working of The Tempest.” World Literature Written in English 31.2: 50–64.
“Historical Re-presentation: Performance and Counter-discourse in Jack Davis's Drama.” New Literatures Review 19: 91–101.
“The Prison and the Font: An Essay on Patrick White's A Fringe of Leaves.” Kunapipi 11.2: 17–22.