Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Szabolcs Musca, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Szabolcs Musca

Migrant Dramaturgies

1 - 31st May 2019


Szabolcs Musca is Research Fellow at the Centre for Theatre Research (CET) at the University of Lisbon (Portugal) and Founding Director of New Tides Platform, currently leading an international research project on theatre and migration in Europe. He is Project Lead of Migrant Dramaturgies Network, an international research network composed of academics, theatre-makers and arts organisations. Szabolcs holds a PhD from the University of Bristol and he worked as a researcher, teacher and theatre critic for over ten years, both in the UK and continental Europe. His co-edited collection entitled 'Redefining Theatre Communities. International Perspectives in Community-conscious Theatre-making' is forthcoming from Intellect (2019). Szabolcs is also guest-editor of Performing Ethos’ special journal issue on ‘Theatre and Migration between Ethics and Aesthetics (December 2019). He is Regional Managing Editor at The Theatre Times and an active member of the Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy Working Group within the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR). He is also member of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA), the International Network of Italian Theatre and the European Association for the Study of Theatre and Performance (EASTAP).

Project Summary

This research project sets out to examine emerging dramaturgies of theatrical responses to migration in light of recent migration and shifts in global politics and economics. The goal is to map new theatrical forms of migrant representation and to identify their impacts on national theatre cultures in shaping the perception of non-European migrants and migrant cultures. By looking at theatre practices and initiatives created by migrant artists in the UK as well as surveying institutional responses to migration, the research will present migrant theatre not only as a cultural-political practice, but as a creative device to integrate migrant perspectives in the national theatre ecologies and contemporary theatre-making

During his stay Dr Musca will be hosted by Dr Katja Krebs, Theatre and Performance

dates/times/venues tbc