Dr Emma Cox

Research interests

A significant strand of my research is concerned with the representation and participation of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in theatre, film and activism. My books on this topic include Performing Noncitizenship (Anthem 2015) and Theatre & Migration (Palgrave 2014).

I am the editor of the collection of Australian plays, Staging Asylum (Currency 2013), which was developed as an enhanced ebook in 2015 (available via iTunes and Google Play), featuring written contributions by prominent figures from human rights law, federal politics and the arts, as well as audio interviews with a former refugee and a former MP, teachers' notes and illustrations.

My current and ongoing research concerns ceremonies associated with the repatriation of human remains from European and North American museums to indigenous ancestral communities. This is part of a larger interdisciplinary project on performance and the cultural histories of human remains, which examines the material trajectories and politics of remains, situating them as objects whose histories of possession, use, geographical mobility and absence elucidate post-rational knowledges in the contemporary world. The research investigates how the significations of remains manifest in theatre and performance across a range of modes and environments (the stage, the screen, the museum, the memorial site, the religious site, the home).

I am a contributing author to The Conversation, and as an arts critic (2005-07), wrote numerous review articles on theatre, dance and circus (Courier-Mail), visual art (Courier-Mail) and literature (Sydney Morning Herald). I co-ordinate the Performance and Asylum transnational research network at Royal Holloway, and I'm currently the Associate Editor of the British Australian Studies Association (BASA) journal, Australian Studies.

I welcome research students in areas connected to migration, mobility, indigeneity, postcolonial politics, museology, as well as topics on Australasian theatre and activism. I also have an ongoing research interest in Shakespeare and Jonson in contemporary performance, particularly indigenous, postcolonial and intercultural theatre and film, and welcome research proposals in these fields.

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