Dr Emma Cox

Emma Cox

Research interests

Much of my research and teaching is concerned with the representation and participation of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in theatre, film, activism and writing. I'm the editor of the collection, Staging Asylum: Contemporary Australian Plays About Refugees (Currency Press 2013), an anthology of plays that is the first of its kind to recognise substantially the role that theatre has played in Australia’s ongoing debate about asylum seekers, immigration detention and border control. Staging Asylum is being expanded as an enhanced ebook in 2014, with contributions from academics, writers, politicians, journalists, lawyers and religious leaders.

My research also concerns performance and activism involving indigenous people and unauthorised migrants in settler colonial nations, with an emphasis on the articulation of sovereign and territorial authority. I am particularly interested in interrogating the way indigeneity circulates as an ethnic commodity in top-down statecraft and as a politicised identity that radically questions the state’s legitimacy in the context of immigration.

I have an ongoing research interest in Shakespeare and Jonson in contemporary performance, particularly indigenous, postcolonial and intercultural theatre and film. Most recently, I contributed an essay on a Kenyan Merry Wives of Windsor to a book documenting the 2012 multilingual ‘Globe to Globe’ festival at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

A former arts journalist for Australian broadsheet newspapers, I have written numerous reviews of theatre, dance and music (Courier-Mail), art exhibitions (Courier-Mail) and books (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) scholarly Journal, Australian Studies.

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