Dr Emma Cox

Research interests

My research is concerned with the representation and participation of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in theatre, film and activism and I am the author of the books Performing Noncitizenship (Anthem 2015) and Theatre & Migration (Palgrave 2014). My edited collection of Australian plays, Staging Asylum (Currency 2013) 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.

I am developing an interdisciplinary, transnational project on cultural and performance histories associated with human remains, which encompasses theatrical performance, exhibition, activism and site-responsive memorialisation, examining psychological, philosophical and political dimensions of grief and the material trajectories of remains across a range of contexts (repatriation, migration, war, diplomacy, art).

As a contributing author to The Conversation and as an arts critic (2005-07) I have written numerous review and feature articles on theatre, dance and circus (Courier-Mail), visual art (Courier-Mail) and literature (Sydney Morning Herald). From 2011-15 I was associate editor of the UK journal Australian Studies.

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

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