Pushing Form: Innovation and Interconnection in Contemporary European Performance, 25-26 April 2014

These keynote speakers are kindly sponsored by the NUI Galway Millennium Fund

Milija Gluhovic is Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Warwick and Director of the Erasmus Mundus MA in International Performance Research, an EU sponsored programme taught collaboratively by the University of Warwick, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Helsinki, and the University of Arts in Belgrade (from 2011). Milija joined the School in September of 2006. His research interests include: contemporary European theatre and performance; memory studies and psychoanalysis; discourses of European identity, migrations and human rights; religion, secularity, and politics; cosmopolitanism and globalisation. He is author of Performing European Memories: Trauma, Ethics, Politics (2013) and co-editor of Performing the 'New' Europe: Identities, Feelings, and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest (2013).

Sodja Zupanc Lotker is currently working as an artistic director of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. She has worked for this performance design event since 1999. Previously she has acted as Programming Director of live events in 2007 and in 2003 Programming Director of interactive performance/installation the Heart of the PQ. She works as a dramaturg for independent theatre, dance and site specific projects both within and beyond Europe. Sodja has also worked for the International Department of the Theatre Institute Prague, of which she was the Director from 2006 to 2008. She has taught and given lectures at the Visual Arts Academy in Brno, Prague Performing Arts Academy and Columbia University, as well as at a number of festivals and symposia. She is a PhD candidate in theatre theory at Vienna University. In 2013, she co-edited a special issue of the journal Performance Research, entitled 'On Scenography'.