Performance + Print & Media Cultures


The Performance series and the Print and Media Cultures series will continue to bring you reviews of dissertations, “Fresh from the Archives” pieces, and “Talking Shop” articles in the new season of Dissertation Reviews. If you wish to participate in Dissertation Reviews, please click here to become a reviewer or to have your dissertation reviewed. You may also contact the Performance editor Ronald Gilliam or the Print and Media Cultures editor Amelia Bonea.

We would also like to bid farewell to Emily Wilcox (University of Michigan), who helped launch the Performance series last year. We wish Emily the very best as she begins her Assistant Professorship at the University of Michigan.


Coming right up

Denice Szafran, “Scenes of Chaos and Joy: Playing and Performing Selves in Digitally Virtu/real Places” (University at Buffalo, State University of New York 2012), reviewed by Harmony Bench (Ohio State University)

Anusha Kedhar, “On the Move: Transnational South Asian Dancers and the ‘Flexible’ Dancing Body” (University of California, Riverside 2011), reviewed by Cheng Fan-Ting (University of California, Los Angeles)

Yuki Takinami, “Reflecting Hollywood: Mobility and Lightness in the Early Silent Films of Ozu Yasujiro, 1927-1933” (University of Chicago 2012), reviewed by Ryan Cook (Yale University)

Katherine Nigh, “Performing Nation, Performing Trauma: Theatre and Performance After September 11th, Hurricane Katrina and the Peruvian Dirty War” (Arizona State University 2011), reviewed by Aaron Thomas (Dartmouth College)

Tsai Yi-Ren, “The Representation of Taiwanese Childhood As Reflected in Taiwanese Theatre for Young Audience of the Taipei Children’s Arts Festival 2000-2011” (Arizona State University 2012), reviewed by Mark Branner (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa)

Michael Bishop, “A Socioesthetics of Punk: Theorizing Personal Narrative, History, and Place” (University of Virginia 2012), reviewed by Glenn Kessler (University of California, Irvine)

Richard Ward, “Print Culture and Responses to Crime in Mid-Eighteenth-Century London” (University of Sheffield 2010), reviewed by Joanna Wargen (University of Westminster)

Jonathan Ilan, “Picturing the World’s News: News Photography, Cultural Production, Thomson Reuters and the International Process of News Making” (University of Westminster 2012), reviewed by Simone Müller-Pohl (Freie Universität Berlin)

Margit Wunsch, “German Print Media Coverage in the Bosnia and Kosovo Wars of the 1990s” (London School of Economics 2012), reviewed by Arvind Das (Infotainment Television, New Delhi)

Plus 30 others… (and counting!)


Meet the editors

ronaldRonald Gilliam (Performance) is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where he focuses on the history and development of Uyghur drama in Chinese Central Asia. His dissertation, “Towards an Ethical Theatre: The History and Development of Uyghur Dramatic Art in Chinese Central Asia,” examines the creation of professional Uyghur staged drama and how these new dramatic works generated a collective Uyghur identity based on ethical themes. addition to his academic career, Ronald continues to professionally direct theatre performances in Honolulu, the mainland USA, and abroad. [Website here]


Bonea, pictureAmelia Bonea (Print and Media Cultures) is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford, and an Associate Member of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” at the University of Heidelberg, where she also received her PhD. Her book is manuscript provisionally titled Global (Dis)Connections: Telegraphy and Journalism in India, c. 1850-1900. She is also working on a project which examines how technologies of communication have been associated with disease and ill health in South Asia and how the media disseminates relevant medical knowledge. [Website here]


Our departing editor

wilcoxEmily Wilcox (Performance) is Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on dance in the People’s Republic of China. Emily received her PhD from the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and her doctoral dissertation was entitled “The Dialectics of Virtuosity: Dance in the People’s Republic of China, 1949-2009.” She is currently working on a book manuscript on the politics of aesthetics in Chinese national dance. [Website here]



Image: Performer playing Sugriva in the Koodiyattam form of Sanskrit theater. Photograph by Arayilpdas. Wikimedia Commons.

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