Theatre Workshop

Theatre-Based Research Design for Vulnerable Contexts & marginalized Communities
Saturday, 10 February 2018 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Photo - extract from the play HerStory of Bra & Knife
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Denise Spitzer
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Students will be introduced to the philosophy and practice of a theatre-based methodological approach, applied to social science research in vulnerable contexts (post-war, natural disasters etc.) and marginalized communities (survivors of political violence, refugees, victims of on-going political oppressions etc.). We will first examine the ethical concerns of work in such context and question the (unbalanced) role of the researcher and research participants. Next, students will learn hands-on some of the techniques and approaches from applied drama and community theatre. Lastly, we will draw some directions into how to collect, analyze and disseminate data, gathered through primarily non-verbal research principles.

Topics to be addressed: Research in Vulnerable Contexts: Individual and Collective - Ethical Issues - Engaged and Art-Based Research - Storytelling, Testifying and the Body - Getting to Know the Body as the Testifiers Collecting, Analyzing and Disseminating the Results Collected through Drama


Dr. Nena Močnik is a postdoctoral researcher at Turku Institute for Advanced Studies and Assistant Professor at School of History, Arts and Culture Studies, University of Turku, Finland. Her new book, “Sexuality after War Rape: From Narrative to Embodied Research” (Routledge 2017) addresses the sexuality of survivors, and challenges the stereotypical and victimized images and narrations and their harmful effects on the political, social and economic status of the survivors. She was a Fulbright visiting researcher and applied drama practitioner at University of Southern California; a Brown International Advanced Research Institute Fellow and BIARI grant receiver and a guest researcher at University of Copenhagen, and a Tuffs University Fellow. She facilitated numerous trainings and workshops from community theatre and applied drama internationally and authored several forum theatre performances and her own monodrama “Canned”. In Fall 2016 she was a New Europe College EnTe Fellow, where she drafted her current project on the role of motherhood and collective memory in continuation of culture of violence and (un)successful reconciliation aftermath of war. In 2017, she received the Bank of Montreal Visiting Scholar award from University of Ottawa’s Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies.