Assistant Lecturer in Drama and Performance


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Dr Anika Marschall (PhD) is an Assistant Lecturer in Drama and Performance in the Media, Communication & Performing Arts Division.

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Anika is a theatre academic and cultural worker based in Glasgow. She holds a PhD from the University of Glasgow. Her research focuses on political performance, migration and human rights. She is particularly interested in socially engaged art practices, and understanding their contentious relation to emerging and established cultural institutions.

Anika has presented her work at international conferences, and she has written about political debates, critical theory and performance art for Research in Drama Education, Performance Research, Platform and Critical Stages, among others. Currently, She is working on a monograph about performing human rights based on her PhD research. Since 2018, she co-edits the Scottish Journal of Performance. In 2019, she was awarded the TaPRA Essay Prize for her research about urban solidarity and the theatre director Akira Takayama.

Between 2017–19, Anika has worked on an AHRC-funded doctoral placement with Dr Viviana Checchia at the Centre for Contemporary Arts: Glasgow. She has contributed to the School for Civic Imagination, a year-long learning programme for socially engaged artists across Scotland, and Cooking Pot, a programme about food cultures, multicultural encounters and sustainability. She has also helped co-create the cultural event Political Animal in 2019, which brought together international artists, curators and academics to share politicised practices of art making in response to the contemporary city. In 2019, Anika has co-curated a knowledge exchange programme for artists and researchers working in the field of Art and Artificial Intelligence at the Goethe-Institut Glasgow, with contributors from the Social Robotics Lab Glasgow, the Glasgow Women's Library, and the Superrr Network and participants from the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Estland, Hong Kong and Brazil.

Anika's research as part of her AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Glasgow concerns the performativity of human rights through analysing contemporary artistic interventions which contribute to our understanding of human rights as a critical and embodied doing. Following on from that project, she is currently preparing a monograph, which examines the socio-political conditions of asylum and three internationally renowned artist organisations: the Centre for Political Beauty, the Turner-prize nominated sound artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan and his work for Forensic Architecture, and Jonas Staal and the international artist organisation New World Summit.

Sine 2019, she is focusing on a post-doc research project about artist organisations in postcolonial contexts, cultural infrastructures and artist education. This research interest emerges from her investigation into the rising issue of racialisation of European-focused artworks and scholarship on theatre and migration. Drawing on her expertise in theatre, performance and political engagement, she aims to analyse the contentious relations between institutional dramaturgy and socially engaged arts practices.

Please see my research publications in the Queen Margaret University Repository

Anika is teaching both at QMU and at the University of Glasgow. Her specialism is in contemporary performance and political theatre, combining critical theory with practice-based approaches. Anika's areas of expertise include performance and migration, political and documentary theatre, as well as dramaturgy and socially engaged arts practices.

She has experience lecturing on Neoclassical Theatre and Commedia dell'Arte, Applied Theatre and Social Arts, Postdramatic Theory and Arts Criticism, the “Spatial Turn”, Modernism, Feminist Theatre and the Suffragette Movement, Postcolonial Theatre, Queer Theory and Performance. In addition, she has supervised theoretical and practice-as-research PG dissertations about a range of topics: migration and LGTBQ+ theatre, more-than-human representation and Chicana/o theatre, inclusive theatre and Deafhood, verbatim theatre and sex work industry, historic and contemporary political theatre, adaptation and feminist theatre.