Indigeneity in the Contemporary World: Performance, Politics, Belonging

Former Staff

Emer O’Toole was a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the Indigeneity project from March 2012–July 2013, after finishing her PhD at Royal Holloway. As well as helping to secure proof-of-concept funding for artists’ residencies and interactive elements of the project exhibition, she completed research on intercultural indigenous adaptations of Shakespeare. Individual and collaborative publications (with Helen Gilbert) are forthcoming from this work and she has also published journal articles on theoretical aspects of intercultural theatre praxis. Emer’s PhD used a Bourdieusian framework to interrogate the materialities informing cross-cultural performance in a globalizing world. She has recently started a tenure track position in the Department of Irish Studies at Concordia University in Montréal and will continue to collaborate with the Indigeneity project team from her new locale.

Estelle Castro completed her PhD on contemporary Aboriginal Literature at the Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III and the University of Queensland in 2007. Her research has sought to interrogate how Indigenous poetic, political, spiritual and axiological concerns are reconfigured through performances and negotiated in literary and socio-political fields. Estelle worked on the Indigeneity project as a Postdoctoral Research Associate for four years, from July 2009–May 2013. Her task was to examine the circulation and reception of recent performances by Aboriginal and Pacific artists in contemporary festivals and cultural events in France and Britain. During her tenure on the project, she co-convened a symposium in Paris, contributed to project activities and published an article on the Rochefort Pacific Film Festival. Two other essays are forthcoming.

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