Keynote Speakers and Invited Guests

Rebecca Schneider

Rebecca Schneider is Professor in the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University.  Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2021, she is the author of The Explicit Body in Performance (1997); Performing Remains: Art and War in Times of Theatrical Reproduction (2011); Theatre and History (2014); and Remain (with Jussi Parikka 2018). A student of Black Feminist Thought and invested in speculative and fabulous acts for the (re)surgence of otherwise worlds,  she recently published “This Shoal Which is Not One: Island Studies, Performance Studies, and Africans Who Fly” (2020) and the award-winning essay “That the Past May Yet Have Another Future: Gesture in Times of Hand Up” (2018). She has published extensively on media and performance, and serves as a consortium editor for TDR: The Drama Review. She is currently working on two projects: a digital book on gesture across media to be titled Standing Still Moving, and a book on littoral dance in the afterlives of slavery’s capitalism to be titled Shoaling in the Sea of History. 

Amelia Jones

Amelia Jones is Robert A. Day Professor and Vice Dean at Roski School of Art & Design at University of Southern California. Publications include Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts (2012), Perform Repeat Record: Live Art in History (2012), co-edited with Adrian Heathfield, and Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories, co-edited with Erin Silver (2016). The catalogue Queer Communion: Ron Athey (2020), co-edited with Andy Campbell, and which accompanies a retrospective of Athey’s work at Participant Inc. (New York) and ICA (Los Angeles), was listed among the “Best Art Books 2020” in the NY Times, and the exhibition was listed among Top Ten 2021 exhibitions in Artforum (December 2021). Her book entitled In Between Subjects: A Critical Genealogy of Queer Performance (2021) is published by Routledge Press.

Christopher Balme

Christopher Balme holds the chair in theatre studies at the University of Munich.
He was born and educated in New Zealand where he graduated from the University of Otago. He has lived and worked in Germany since 1985 with positions at the universities of Würzburg, Munich and Mainz. From 2004 to 2006 he held the chair in theatre studies at the University of Amsterdam. He has published widely on German theatre, intercultural theatre and theatre and other media.
Balme is past-president of the German Society for Theatre Research and of the IFTR. He was Senior Editor of Theatre Research International from 2004-2006. His publications include European Theatre Iconography (co-edited, Bulzoni 2002);  Pacific Performances: Theatricality and Cross-Cultural Encounter in the South Seas (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007); Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies (CUP 2008); The theatrical public sphere (CUP 2014).

Joel Anderson

Joel Anderson is Senior Lecturer at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. He has previously been a member of faculty at Brunel University, has served as external examiner at Goldsmiths and LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, and is currently a member of the international advisory panel of the Centro de Estudos de Teatro at the University of Lisbon. His book Theatre & Photography was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.