This list relates to the academic year 2017/18 which ended on 30/06/2018
  1. Key details 4 items
    1. Convenor/Tutor: Dr Milija Gluhovic (; Tel. 024 765 74773)

      Timetable: Mondays 15.30-17.30; Room G56 in Milburn House

      Office hours: Mondays 14.30-15.30 (or by appointment), Room F04A Milburn House, 2nd floor 

    2. Module Description
      The module set out to explore a broad constellation of recent European plays, performances, and films originating from different parts of Europe, which address the changing historical, political and cultural realities of Europe in the wake of the Iron Curtain's collapse and the fall of communism in 1989. Specifically, the module aims to engage with the following pressing issues and concerns: How does theatre articulate Europe's new sociocultural space, shaped and negotiated by the experiences of war, exile and the shifting contours of Europe's borders and territories? How do European artists witness and respond to the current refugee crisis and stories of fraught Mediterranean crossings as migration becomes the defining issue of this century?  How does performance address the complex issues of right-wing nationalism, the ongoing financial crisis, and social justice now that the EU faces the biggest crisis since its foundation? What are the ways in which performance takes part in the current debates in Europe concerning secularism, the rise of religious extremism, and fears about national security in the aftermath of the events such as the London bombings and the Paris attacks? How does theatre engage with the traumatic experiences of the Holocaust, the Stalinist Gulags, colonialism and imperialism, and current preoccupations with the politics of memory in Europe? We shall also explore aspects of European cultural policy, cosmopolitan stages of European theatre festivals as well as some popular expressions of "Europeannes" such as the Eurovision Song Contest as a site where cultural struggles over the meaning, frontiers, and limits of Europe are enacted. 


    3. Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module students should be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary European theatrical practice in the light of cultural, political, historical, and philosophical issues across Europe in both historical and contemporary context, by way of making use of interpretative frameworks introduced or extended in the module. They should also be able to demonstrate an enlarged appreciation of the distinctiveness of European cultural contexts but also areas of commonality, as well as current political challenges facing Europe internationally. Furthermore, students should come away from this seminar with a new set of conceptual models and analytic tools to make use of in thinking about this complex and rich body of art.

      Students will achieve these learning outcomes through close reading of primary and secondary material, seminar discussions based around prescribed texts and seminar papers on specific topics. In addition to film screening, performance recordings will be used to illustrate the theatrical dimensions of the plays. Weekly preparation prior to each seminar, based on set readings, will be crucial. 

    4. Assessment

      Essay #1 20% (Autumn term)

      Essay #2 20% (Spring term)

      Research assignment/presentation 10%

      Written Exam 3 hours 50% (Summer term; TBA) 

  2. Course requirements 4 items
    1. Attendance and participation in all weekly discussions.
      Students are required to actively participate in discussions. While regular attendance is necessary to do well in this course, it is by no means sufficient. Your active participation in class is vital. You are expected to have completed all of the required readings for the day and engage in classroom discussions with intelligence, imagination and honesty. Both active listening to what others are saying and regular voicing of your own views, comments, and questions is an important measure of your progress in the course. Due to the nature of the material, the readings for some weeks will take longer than others. 

    2. Research Assignment: Oral presentation based on a short analytical paper.
      Students will be asked to compose one 1000- word (3-4 pages) paper related to the assigned readings and/or screenings. Students will have two different assignments to choose from. The first will ask you to compare a scholarly article's theory with a dramatic work's practice. The second will ask you to focus quite narrowly on some specific issue addressed in the assigned reading/screening, clearly state the author's position on that issue, and raise some critical questions about the author's position. In both cases you are expected to make connections with the thematic questions of the course and conclude by raising questions for discussion. A copy of the paper (as delivered ORALLY – not as different, "written" version) is to be handed in at the beginning of the class to the instructor and will be returned with comments on the substance and form of argument and on the expression (including the appropriateness of both for oral presentation and comprehension). The actual presentation will be judged on its effectiveness as an oral "performance" that effectively and engagingly presents a clear and interesting argument. There will be a brief question period after the paper, and the manner in which questions are dealt with will also be considered in grading.

    3. Research papers.
      Students will be required to compose two research papers (3000 words each, double-spaced pages, Times New Roman 12 point font size, and standard margins) concerning one topic related to the course, subject to the approval. The papers must be solidly researched. Quality of scholarship, argument, and expression will be considered in determining the grade. The paper proposals must be submitted in advance. The due date of the papers will be announced later in the semester. A handout describing the research papers in detail, including suggested topics, will be distributed in class.  Work is to be submitted by or on the due date. The assignment must be handed in on hardcopy. 

    4. Exam:
      A three-hour exam (Summer term). 

  3. Autumn Term 53 items
    Subject to change.
    1. Week 1: Introduction to the course: framework, themes, and goals 1 item
      2 Oct. (Monday)
      1. Screening 1 item
        In class.
        1. Eurovision Song Contest entries – various artists (screening in class of excerpts followed by discussion)

    2. Week 2: Singing Europe: Identities, Feelings and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest; (New) Europe as a Discourse 8 items
      9 October (Monday)
      1. Viewing 5 items
        (Some of the following)
        1. Eurovision Song Contest, Helsinki 2007 - Eurovision Song Contest 2007 (videorecording)

          Audio-visual document essential

        2. Eurovision Song Contest, Kyiv 2005 - Eurovision Song Contest 2005 (videorecording)

          Audio-visual document essential

        3. Eurovision Song Contest, Istanbul 2004 - Eurovision Song Contest 2004 (videorecording)

          Audio-visual document essential

        4. Eurovision's Greatest Hits Friday, 3 Apr 2015

          Audio-visual document essential

        5. Or view some of the past ESCs on the YouTube.

      2. Reading 1 item
        1. Performing the "new" Europe: identities, feelings and politics in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013

          Book essential Please read: Karen Fricker and Milija Gluhovic, “Introduction: Eurovision and the ‘New’ Europe,”, pp. 1-29.

      3. Suggested reading 2 items
        1. A song for Europe: popular music and politics in the Eurovision Song Contest - Ivan Raykoff, Robert Deam Tobin c2007

          Book recommended Please read: Ivan Raykoff, “Camping on the Border of Europe,"

    3. Week 3: The Performance and the Holocaust: Contexts, Ethics, Politics 9 items
      16 Oct. (Monday)
      1. Viewing 2 items
        1. The Dybbuk - Michał Waszyński, Avraham Moreṿski, Isaac Semberg, Lili Liliana 2005 (videorecording)

          Audio-visual document essential The original Yiddish-Polish film based on Sholom Anski's classic play about possession and exorcism (excerpt, 20 min.)

        2. Umarła klasa - Tadeusz Kantor, Andrzeja Wajdy, Teatr Cricot 2, Polskie Radio i Telewizja 2006 (videorecording)

          Audio-visual document essential Excerpts from Tadeusz Kantor’s performance The Dead Class (1975).

      2. Reading 4 items
        1. Our class: a new play - Tadeusz Słobodzianek, Ryan Craig 2009

          Book essential

        2. National Theatre, Our Class

          Webpage essential Reviews of the NT’s 2009-10 production of Our Class.

        3. Performing European memories: trauma, ethics, politics - Milija Gluhovic 2013

          Book essential Please read: Milija Gluhovic, “Introduction: Theorising Europe and Recollection,”, pp. 1-29.

      3. Suggested reading 3 items
        1. A European memory?: contested histories and politics of remembrance - Małgorzata Pakier, Bo Stråth 2010

          Book recommended Please read: Małgorzata Pakier and Bo Stråth, “Introduction: A European Memory,”, pp. 1-24.

        2. Imaginary neighbors: mediating Polish-Jewish relations after the Holocaust - Dorota Glowacka, Joanna Zylinska c2007

          Book recommended Please read: Dorota Glowacka and Joanna Zylinska, “Introduction: Imaginary neighbours: Towards an Ethical Community,”, pp. 1-18.

        3. Katyn - Andrzej Wajda, Władysław Pasikowski, Przemysław Nowakowski, Michał Kwieciński 2009 (videorecording)

          Audio-visual document recommended

    4. Week 4: Violence, Mourning and the Testimony 7 items
      23 Oct. (Monday)
      1. Viewing 1 item
        In class.
        1. 80064 - Artur Zmijewski

          Audio-visual document essential 10 minutes.

      2. Reading 2 items
        1. Ashes to ashes - Harold Pinter 1997, c1966

          Book essential

      3. Suggested materials 4 items
        1. The night porter - Liliana Cavani, Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling 2006 (videorecording)

          Audio-visual document recommended

        2. Shoah - Claude Lanzmann, Films Aleph, Historia Films c2007 (videorecording)

          Audio-visual document recommended

    5. Week 5: European Memories: Lola Arias’ Minefield (Argentina/UK, 2016) and Afredo Sanzol’s On the Moon (Spain); guest in class Dr Simon Breden, U of Nottingham, tbc.) 5 items
      30 Oct. (Monday)
      1. Viewings 1 item
        1. Minefield - Lola Arias 2016

          Audio-visual document essential Video recording of Lola Arias’ Minefield at the Royal Court, London (2016) [video link will be provided by the instructor]. [*Note: in this performance Arias brings British and Argentinian veterans of the Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas war.]

      2. Readings 3 items
        1. New plays from Spain: eight works by seven playwrights 2013

          Book essential Please read: Alfredo Sanzol, play On the Moon (trans. Simon Breden), pp. 263-332.

        2. Performing European memories: trauma, ethics, politics - Milija Gluhovic 2013

          Book essential Please read: Milija Gluhovic, “Introduction: Theorising Europe and Recollection,”, pp. 1-29.

      3. Suggested reading 1 item
        1. Maria Delgado's piece on Lola Arias' Minefield (text to be provided by the instructor)

    6. Week 6 1 item
      1. Reading week - no classes. 

    7. Week 7: Mediterranean Crossroads: Journeys of Hope to Fortress Europe 10 items
      13 Nov. (Monday)
      1. Viewing 2 items
        1. Las Sin Tierra – 7 Attempted Crossings of the Straits of Gibraltar 2004

          Audio-visual document essential Teatro Nomad’s short performance. The DVD will be made available to you through Kate’s office.

        2. The Sheep and the Whale 2007

          Audio-visual document essential Cahoots/Modern Times/Theatre Passe Muraille’s staging of The Sheep and the Whale in Toronto in 2007; Dir. Soheil Parsa [excerpts; screening in class].

      2. Reading 3 items
        1. The Sheep and the Whale - Ahmed Ghazali 2001

          Website essential Trans. Bobby Theodore. [text will be provided by the instructor].

        2. The rights of others: aliens, residents, and citizens - Seyla Benhabib 2004

          Book essential Please read: Seyla Benhabib, “Introduction,”, pp. 1-24.

        3. Means without end: notes on politics - Giorgio Agamben c2000

          Book essential Please read: Giorgio Agamben, “Form of Life,” , pp. 3-14.

      3. Suggested viewing 2 items
        1. Sahara chronicle: a collection of videos on mobility and the politics of containment in the Sahara - Ursula Biemann 2008 (videorecording)

          Audio-visual document recommended

        2. Europlex - Ursula Biemann, Angela Sanders c2003 (videorecording)

          Audio-visual document recommended

      4. Suggested reading 3 items
        1. Sahara Chronicle: Video’s Migrant Geography - T. J. Demos 2008

          Chapter recommended

    8. Week 8: Performance and Asylum: Ethics, Politics, Embodiment; Guest in class Prof. Hanna Korsberg, U of Helsinki 3 items
      20 Nov. (Monday)
      1. Viewing 1 item
        In advance of our class.
        1. Ausländer Raus!: Schlingensiefs Container - Christoph Schlingensief, Paul Poet, Matthias Lilienthal, Elfriede Jelinek c2006 (videorecording)

          Audio-visual document essential This is Paul Poet’s documentary of Christoph Schlingensief’s performance Auslander Raus.

      2. Viewing 1 item
        In class.
        1. La dernier caravansérail: Odyssées - Ariane Mnouchkine, Jean-Jacques Lemêtre, Théâtre du Soleil, ARTE France 2006 (videorecording)

          Audio-visual document essential [selected clips].

      3. Reading 1 item
        1. Performance and cosmopolitics: cross-cultural transactions in Australasia - Helen Gilbert, Jacqueline Lo 2007

          Book essential Please read: Helen Gilbert and Jacqueline Lo, “Performance and Asylum: Ethics, Embodiment, Efficacy,”, pp. 186-206; 219-20.

    9. Week 9: Performance and Asylum: Ethics, Politics, Embodiment Cont’d 3 items
      27 Nov. (Monday)
      1. Reading 3 items
        1. Die Europa Trilogie - Milo Rau, Nina Wolters, Milo Rau, Milo Rau 2016

          Book essential Milo Rau, Empire (2016), the third part of his Europe Trilogy, in The Europe Trilogy, 222-353. (pdf of the script will be made available)

        2. The Ruins of Europe: Milo Rau’s Europe Trilogy and the (Re)Mediation of the Real - Susanne Knittel 2016

          Article essential Warwick doesn’t have access to this article. You can try requesting this from another library by clicking the online resource button.

        3. Displacement, asylum, migration: the Oxford Amnesty lectures 2004 - Kate E. Tunstall 2006

          Book essential Please read: Matthew Gibbney, “A Thousand Little Guantanamos: Western States and Measures to Prevent Arrival of Refugees,”.

    10. Week 10: Human Trafficking in Europe; guest in class Maria Estrada Fuentes, posdctoral fellow in the IAS, U of Warwick 6 items
      4 Dec. (Monday)
      1. Viewing 1 item
        In advance.
        1. The whistleblower - Christina Piovesan, Celine Rattray, Larysa Konstracki, Eilis Kirwan 2011 (videorecording)

          Audio-visual document essential

      2. Reading 3 items
        1. Roadkill - Stef Smith, Cora Bissett 2011

          Book essential

        2. When is ‘Labour’ a Coerced Performance? Trafficking, sex work, and consent - Janelle Reinelt 2016

          Article essential See:

      3. Suggested reading 2 items
        1. Moving people, moving images: cinema and trafficking in the new Europe - William Brown, Dina Iordanova, Leshu Torchin c2010

          Book recommended

  4. Spring Term 36 items
    Subject to change.
    1. Week 1: The Great Deception? The UK and the European Union / Brexit 3 items
      8 Jan. (Monday)
      1. Reading 2 items
        1. The Schuman plan - Tim Luscombe 2006

          Book essential

      2. Suggested reading 1 item
    2. Week 2: Europe, Religion and the Public Sphere I 4 items
      15 Jan. (Monday)
      1. Viewing 1 item
        1. The Civil Wars - Milo Rau 2013

          Audio-visual document essential Video link will be provided by instructor.

      2. Reading 3 items
        1. Die Europa Trilogie - Milo Rau, Nina Wolters, Milo Rau, Milo Rau 2016

          Book essential Please read: ), the first part of his Europe Trilogy. PDF script will be made available

        2. Other readings tbc. 

    3. Week 3: Theatre, Religion and the Public Sphere II 4 items
      22 Jan. (Monday)
      1. Viewing 2 items
        1. The Moscow Trials - Milo Rau 2013

          Audio-visual document essential Video link for the material will be provided by the instructor.

        2. Them - Arthur Zmijewski 2007

          Audio-visual document essential Performance screening in class.

      2. Reading 2 items
    4. Week 4: Between Fact and Fiction: Verbatim/Documentary Theatre and Ethics 3 items
      29 Jan. (Monday)
      1. Reading 3 items
        1. Guantanamo: 'honor bound to defend freedom' - Victoria Brittain, Gillian Slovo, Tricycle Theatre 2004

          Book essential

        2. Precarious Life - J. Butler 2006

          Chapter essential

        3. Staging Terror - Wendy S. Hesford 2006/08/17

          Article essential

    5. Week 5: Multicultural Germany and its Theatrical Representations 3 items
      5 Feb. (Monday)
      1. Reading 3 items
        1. Tropes of Mixture: Reassessing Multiculturalism and Performance in Germany, - Christopher Balme 2007

          Document essential Unpublished paper; to be provided by the instructor.

    6. Week 6 1 item
      1. Reading week. 

    7. Week 7: Death in Genoa: Stages of Resistance and the Anti-Globalisation Movement 5 items
      19 Feb. (Monday)
      1. Viewings 2 items
        1. Resist - Dirk Szuszies, Karin Kaper, Eric van Beuren, Living Theatre (New York, N.Y.) 2003 (videorecording)

          Audio-visual document essential Screening in class of the excerpt with their street performance in Genoa in 2001.

        2. Tragedia endogonidia - Romeo Castellucci, Societas Raffaello Sanzio (Theatrical company) 2007 (videorecording)

          Audio document essential A ‘video memory’ of the company’s epic performance in eleven parts; we will try to arrange a group screening of Part 1, which addresses the events that transpired during the G8 Summit in Genoa in 2001, but the DVDs will also be available in the Main Library.

      2. Readings 2 items
        1. Genoa 01 - Fausto Paravidino 2002

          Webpage essential Trans. Gillian Hanna. The play will be provided by the instructor.

        2. The radical in performance: between Brecht and Baudrillard - Baz Kershaw 1999

          Book essential Please read: Baz Kershaw, “Fighting in the Streets: Performance, Protest, Politics,”, pp. 89-125.

      3. Suggested reading 1 item
        1. We, the people of Europe?: reflections on transnational citizenship - Étienne Balibar c2004

          Book recommended Please read: Etiennne Balibar, “Outline of a Topography of Cruelty: Citizenship and Civility in the Era of Global Violence,”, pp. 115-132.

    8. Week 8: The EU Cultural Policy; The Black/North SEAS project (2008-2010) 8 items
      26 Feb. (Monday)
      1. Viewing 1 item
        1. Intercult's SEAS Project [screening in class of selected video materials from the SEAS project, an intercultural arts project that brings together artists from the Black and North Seas countries]  

      2. Readings 4 items
        1. Beer Tourist - Wunderbaum 2008

          Document essential The script will be provided by the instructor.

        2. Other required readings tba. 

      3. Suggested viewing 1 item
        1. Black Sea files - Ursula Biemann 2005 (videorecording)

          Audio-visual document recommended

      4. Suggested reading 2 items
        1. Imagined Europe - Monica Sassatelli 11/2002

          Article recommended

    9. Week 9: European Theatre Festivals 3 items
      5 March (Monday)
      1. Readings 1 item
        1. Theater Festivals and Their Audiences - Brent Meersman 01/01/2011

          Article essential

      2. Suggested reading 2 items
        1. Festivalising!: theatrical events, politics and culture - Temple Hauptfleisch, International Federation for Theatre Research. Theatre and Intermediality Working Group 2007

          Book recommended Please read: Henri Schoenmakers, "Festivals, Theatrical Events and Communicative Interactions", pp. 27-37.

        2. Festivalising!: theatrical events, politics and culture - Temple Hauptfleisch, International Federation for Theatre Research. Theatre and Intermediality Working Group 2007

          Book recommended Please read: Temple Hauptfleisch, “Festivals as Eventifying Systems”, pp. 40-47.

    10. Week 10: European Theatre Directors (and European Theatre Festivals cont’d) 2 items
      12 March (Monday)
      1. Readings 2 items
        1. Contemporary European theatre directors - Maria M. Delgado, Dan Rebellato 2010

          Book essential Please read: Maria M. Delgado and Dan Rebellato, “Introduction,”, pp. 1-28.

        2. Contemporary European theatre directors - Maria M. Delgado, Dan Rebellato 2010

          Book essential Please read: James Woodall, “Thomas Ostermeier: On Europe, Theatre, Communication, and Exchange”, pp. 363-376.

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