Asylum and Displacement in the Twenty-First Century: Performing Community, Crisis and Belonging


Guest speakers: Professor James Thompson (University of Manchester) and Assoc. Prof. Prem Kumar Rajaram (Central European University)

This two-day event is an initiative of the Performance and Asylum Research Network, one of the major projects of the Centre for International Theatre and Performance Research (CITPR). Local and international speakers will discuss performative responses to asylum from a range of contemporary contexts and perspectives.

The vast populations of asylum seekers, refugees and other unauthorised or irregular migrants represent the vanguard of some of the most pressing challenges in a globalised world: conflict, crisis, poverty, security, human rights and environmental degradation. The conference will facilitate scholarly and creative exchange, investigating ways in which performance might witness and respond to these challenges. It will address a number of performance forms, including professional theatre, community and applied theatre, film, activism, as well as site-specific and public space enactment.

Supported by the Centre for International Theatre and Performance Research (CITPR), the Department of Drama and Theatre, and the Humanities and Arts Research Centre (HARC) at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Registration: Online payment now open.

Here is the booklet of abstracts.

Here is the conference programme.

For further information contact Dr Emma Cox, Department of Drama and Theatre: