Postcolonial Approaches to Central and Eastern European Theater and Performance

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Magda Romanska color photo

PLEASE NOTE: The date for this event has changed --- it will now stream on May 26 from 12:30-1:30 pm EDT.

This talk addresses the potential implications -- political, social, aesthetic -- of contextualizing Central and East European theater and performance through the prism of postcolonial critique. Theater and opera were essential to nation-building because they provided a platform for the evolution of a national discourse while enacting and solidifying a sense of shared national identity. For this very reason, they also became politically contested sites.

Magda Romanska is an Associate Professor at Emerson College, Chair of the Transmedia Arts seminar at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard, and Executive Director of, the largest digital theatre portal.  She is the author or editor of five books, including The Post-traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor (2012), TheaterMachine: Tadeusz Kantor in Context (2020, co-edited with Kathleen Cioffi), Reader in Comedy: An Anthology of Theory and Criticism (2016, co-edited with Alan Ackerman); and The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy (2014), a leading and best-selling handbook of dramaturgy, and Boguslaw Schaeffer: An Anthology (2012).


Magda Romanska, Associate Professor of Theatre Studies and Dramaturgy, Emerson College; Center Associate, Davis Center
Moderator: Edythe Haber, Center Associate, Davis Center

Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

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