Dr Emma Cox

Research interests

My research is concerned with the representation and participation of refugees and migrants in theatre, film and activism. 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.

As co-editor (with Sam Durrant, David Farrier, Lyndsey Stonebridge and Agnes Woolley) of the major new book, Refugee Imaginaries: Research Across the Humanities (Edinburgh University Press, 2020), I am at the forefront of interdisciplinary work in the field of migration research. I am the contributing editor of a new (2019) issue of the Digital Theatre+ 4x45 series, on Performance and Migration (Series Editor: Andy Lavender), featuring original filmed and written content by scholars and artists.

I am currently writing a monograph on cultural and performance histories associated with human remains. The book encompasses international case studies of theatrical performance, exhibition, activism and site-responsive memorialisation. It considers affective, philosophical and political dimensions of memory performance and traces the material trajectories of human remains across a range of sites and contexts (including war, migration and repatriation). I am also currently developing my work on forced migration and visuality, theorised in my essay 'Processional Aesthetics' (Theatre Journal 2017), as a wider, global study.

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

I welcome PhD students in areas connected to migration, indigeneity, memory studies, or postcolonial studies, as well as topics on Australasian performance. I have an ongoing research interest in Shakespeare and Jonson in contemporary performance, particularly indigenous, postcolonial and intercultural stagings, and would welcome research proposals in these fields.

On research leave 2019-20.

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