About Me

My work revolves around four themes:

Geographies of Performance

My research and teaching is underpinned by a concern with the theory and practice of the performing arts, particularly theatre. I examine how performance produces different geographical formations and enlivens our everyday worlds. I take an interdisciplinary approach to my analysis, drawing on non-representational theory alongside literatures from theatre and performance studies.

Creativity and Creative Practice

Relatedly, I am interested in how the performing arts are valued as part of the creative economy. I am concerned with how theatrical creativity as a set of cultural and artistic skills is constituted across space and how these relate to economic and political understandings of creative practice.

Transnational Mobility

My current research examines the transnational mobility of Asian performances and practitioners, specifically between the UK, the USA and South East Asia (primarily Singapore). I analyse the different geographies that their mobilities create and the effect of such circulation on the development of creative practice and identity. I am therefore concerned with how performance can illuminate questions of migration, diaspora and globalisation. This research will be published as a monograph in 2014

Identity and Culture

I am also attuned to geographies of race, multiculturalism and postcolonialism. Performance can express and re-work geographies of race through embodied practice and attended to the ethical issues surrounding cultural representation and exchange. I am concerned with the political potentials of performance and help develop diversity initiatives in the arts.

Areas of Expertise

  • Geographies of performance
  • Geography and art
  • Geographies of race

Publications

  1. Asian Mutations: Yellowface from More Light to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Orphan of Zhao. Contemporary Theatre Review 24(4), 452-466.
  2. & A Controversial Company: Debating the Casting of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Orphan of Zhao. Contemporary Theatre Review 24(4), 428-435.
  3. & Interview with Daniel York (actor, writer and director) and Anna Chen (broadcaster, journalist, poet and performer).. Contemporary Theatre Review 24(4), 496-503.
  4. & Interview with Hannah Miller (Casting Director) and Kevin Fitzmaurice (Producer) of the RSC. Contemporary Theatre Review 24(4), 486-493.
  5. Performing Asian Transnationalisms: Theatre, identity and the geographies of performance. New York: Routledge.

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Supervision

  • Dramatic creativity and political engagement among young voters in Wales (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor David Britton
  • ‘An Area the Size of Wales:’ Environmental Attitudes and the Geographical Imagination (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor David / Dave Clarke
  • Ethnic Groups and Multi-culturalism in Seoul and London (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor David / Dave Clarke
  • Between Culture and Identity: An investigation of the multiple identities of Muslim women living in Swansea (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Keith Halfacree
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor David / Dave Clarke

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2012 Present Lecturer in Human Geography Swansea University
2009 2012 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow Royal Holloway University
2008 2009 ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geography Royal Holloway University
2004 2008 Ph.D. Geographies of Identity and Performance Royal Holloway University
2002 2003 MA Cultural Geography (Distinction) Royal Holloway University
1999 2002 BA Geography University of Cambridge

Key Grants and Projects

  • ASEASUK-British Academy-ECAF Fellowship 'Geopolitics and Performance: The role of NGOs in contemporary Cambodian dance' 2014

    , £3,500

  • British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship ‘Geographies of Transnational Theatrical Creativity’ (PDF.2009/429) 2009 - 2012

    , £259, 953

  • Office for World Austronesian Studies, Taiwan. 2009

    , Approx. £1000

  • ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (PTA 026-27-1668) 2008 - 2009

    , £90,887.45

  • ESRC Doctoral research studentship 2003 - 2006