Working on topics such as conflict communication, testimony, freedom of expression, statelessness and the performance of protest, a focus on lived practices is central to our approach. We also bring the critical methodologies of the humanities to bear upon the aesthetics and ethics of human rights representations.
Our research is outward-facing and seeks to engage with different cultural institutions and civil society groups on human rights and social justice issues.
Our partnerships have included Amnesty International, iceandfire theatre company, Performing Conflict Network, Mercury Theatre, Ariadne women’s theatre collective, Ubumuntu Arts Festival, The Mosaic Rooms, Dah Teatar, Observatorio Migrantes del Caribe, Article 19 – MENA, and the National Syndicate for Tunisian Journalists.
There are four major strands to our research within this cluster.
Please contact our academics directly to discuss research supervision opportunities, or explore our research degrees and what to expect from a degree in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies. You can also find out how to apply for postgraduate research at Essex, or use research finder if you are interested in searching for further research opportunities at Essex.
The research carried out by our members informs education, and shapes courses and modules both in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies and East 15 Acting School.
La Frontera domínico haitiana: pasado y presente
In October 2017, on the 80th anniversary of the 1937 massacre of Haitian and Haitian-Dominicans in the Dominican borderland, Maria Cristina Fumagalli and Bridget Wooding, supported by ESRC/UoE and OBMICA, travelled to the border crossing of Elías Piña (DR)/Belladère (Haiti) where they organized a series of commemorative activities aimed at celebrating and promoting solidarity and harmony among the two peoples sharing the island of Hispaniola, at foregrounding the vibrant local/border culture, and at providing the opportunity to look at and rethink the future by reassessing the past. This video recounts what happened on that day.