Ms Nesreen Hussein

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Dr. Nesreen Hussein is an Egyptian visual and theatre artist currently based in London. She's also a visiting lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London, a research assistant at the Centre for International Theatre and Performance Research, and a senior teaching assistant at Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University in Cairo. She completed a BFA in Scenography and Interior Architecture from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University in Cairo, Egypt, then an MRes in Theatre and Drama at Royal Holloway, in addition to a PgCert in Skills of Teaching to Inspire Learning (inSTIL).

Nesreen recently defended her PhD thesis at Royal Holloway titled "Performing Materiality: Rethinking the Subject-Object Relationship as a Site of Exchange in Performance Practice". The thesis reconsiders the fundamental relationship between the human subject and the physical object in performance practice, which has been commonly perceived within hierarchical systems of instrumentalisation. Drawing on Hegel’s conception, the notion of ‘objectification’ is approached as a model of the subject’s potential development and as a productive catalyst in a creative process, which goes against the negative connotations engrained in the term. The thesis also touches on some of the political and ethical implications in the spatio-temporal encounter between the human subject and material environments within different contexts of creative practice. The research is grounded on practical case studies from the theatre, performance and visual arts. The research received funding from the Department of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway (College Research Studentship), the Society for Theatre Research (the President's Fund) and University of London's Central Research Fund. This is in addition to receiving a number of research development awards from Royal Holloway and beyond.

In 2011, Nesreen was awarded the Helsinki essay prize, in addition to winning the 2nd New Scholars’ essay prize, both presented by the International Federation for Theatre Research. Her current research interest focuses on the performative dynamics of resistance during the 2011 Egyptian uprising and their role in sustaining narratives of democracy and reclaiming a sense belongingness.

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