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Keren Zaiontz

B.A. (York University)

M.A., PhD (University of Toronto)

 

Keren is an Assistant Professor and Queen’s National Scholar in the Department of Film and Media, where she teaches interdisciplinary courses on media and performance. Her research examines the cultural politics of contemporary art and performance and includes work on participatory modes of spectatorship, community-engaged art activism, and the leveraging of artists and audiences in the production of urban mega-events. She is the author of Theatre & Festivals (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), part of the Theatre & series. The book explores the ways in which cultural performances of resistance that have their basis in festivals can migrate to other contexts, making festivals as much the domain of free markets and state power as that of vanguard artists and progressive social movements. Theatre & Festivals follows on three co-edited special issues about Olympic Games and Cultural Olympiads for the journals Contemporary Theatre Review  (23.4, 2013), Canadian Theatre Review (164, 2015), and PUBLIC (53, 2016). Currently, Keren is co-editing the anthology Sustainable Tools for Precarious Times: Performance Actions in the Americas with Natalie Alvarez and Claudette Lauzon (Palgrave Macmillan, in press). Between 2012-2016, she served as editor of Performance Research’s reviews section, expanding its remit to include analyses of protest movements, memoirs, and art exhibitions. Before joining Queen’s, Keren taught at the University of Roehampton, was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, and a Banting Fellow in the English Department at Simon Fraser University. She is affiliated with Queen’s Cultural Studies Graduate program and welcomes working with students engaged in practice-based research. 

 

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Selected Publications

Books

Theatre & Festivals. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

Edited Collections

Sustainable Tools for Precarious Times: Performance Actions in the Americas.​ Co-edited with Natalie Alvarez and Claudette Lauzon. London: Palgrave Macmillan, in press.

Performing Adaptations: Essays and Conversations on the Theory and Practice of Adaptation. Co-edited with Michelle MacArthur and Lydia Wilkinson. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.

Reluctant Texts from Exuberant Performance: Canadian Devised Theatre. New Canadian Drama. Volume Nine. Co-edited with Bruce Barton, Natalie Corbett, and Birgit Schreyer Duarte. Ottawa: Borealis Book Publishers, 2008.

Special Journal Issues

MEGA-EVENT CITIES: Art, Audiences, Aftermaths.” Co-edited with Peter Dickinson and Kirsty​ Johnston. Public 53 (Spring 2016).

Vancouver After 2010.” Co-edited with Peter Dickinson and Kirsty Johnston. Canadian Theatre Review 164 (Fall 2015).

The Cultural Politics of London 2012.” Co-edited with Jen Harvie. Contemporary Theatre Review 23.4 (November 2013).

Articles and Book Chapters

“Feminist Performance Forensics.” Co-authored with Natalie Alvarez. Contemporary Theatre Review. Special Issue, “Contemporary Feminist Theatre and Performance.” (forthcoming, 2018).

“Introduction: Mega-event cities: Art/audiences/aftermaths.” Co-authored with Peter Dickinson and Kirsty​ Johnston. Public 53 (Spring 2016): 5-12.

“Inelastic Olympic Hopefuls: Rhythmic Mis-Interpellation In Three Auditions For The London 2012 Ceremonies.Public 53 (Spring 2016): 75-89.

“Alternative MAPs, New Moves, Old Taboos.” Rev. of The Baltic Circle International Theatre Festival, Helsinki, Nov 9–Nov 16, 2014. PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art 112 (2016): 63-70.

“Public Art in Vancouver and the Civic Infrastructure of Redress.” Co-authored with Dylan Robinson. In The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation. Eds. Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill and Sophie McCall. Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2015. 22-51.

“Human Rights (and their Appearances) in Performing Arts Festivals.” Canadian Theatre Review. Special Issue, “Performance and Human Rights in the Americas.” 161 (Winter 2015): 48-54. 

“Vancouver after 2010: An Introduction” Co-authored with Peter Dickinson and Kirsty Johnston. Canadian Theatre Review 164 (Fall 2015). 5-9.

“Narcissistic Spectatorship in Immersive and One-on-One Performance.” Theatre Journal. Special Issue, “Spectatorship.” 67.3 (2014): 405-425.

“Performing Visions of Governmentality: Care and Capital in 100% Vancouver.” Theatre Research International 39.2 (2014): 101-119.

“Introduction: The Cultural Politics of London 2012.” Co-authored with Jen Harvie. Contemporary Theatre Review 23.4 (2013): 476-485.

“On the Streets/Within the Stadium: Art for and Against the System in Oppositional Responses to London 2012.” Contemporary Theatre Review 23.4 (2013): 502-518.

“The Right to the Theatre: Belarus Free Theatre’s King Lear.” In Shakespeare Beyond English: A Global Experiment. Eds. Susan Bennett and Christie Carson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 195-207.

“Ambulatory Audiences and Animate Sites: Staging The Spectator in Site-Specific Performance.” In Site-Specific Performance: Politics, Place, Practice. Eds. Joanne Tompkins and Anna Birch. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 167-181.

“Polls and Publics: The Role of Cultural Pluralism in the Imagined Canadian City.” Performance Research. Special Issue, “Performing Publics.” 16.2 (2011): 139-145.

Interviews with Artists and Critics

“‘Everywhere We Travelled We Became the Centre of the Festival': The Festival Performances of Ivo van Hove and Toneelgroep Amsterdam.” In Ivo van Hove: From Shakespeare to David Bowie. Eds. Susan Bennett and Sonia Massai. London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2018.

“The Aesthetics of Austerity: An Interview with Liz Crow.” Public 53 (Spring 2016): 118-130.

“Collective Breath: An Interview with Neville Gabie.” Public 53 (Spring 2016): 105-117.

“‘Navigators and Friends’: An Interview with Former Olympic Park Artist in Neville Gabie and Curator Sam Wilkinson.” Contemporary Theatre Review. Special Issue, “The Cultural Politics of London 2012.” 23.4 (2013): 593-597.

“The Art of Repeating Stories: An Interview with Linda Hutcheon.” In Performing Adaptations. Eds. MacArthur, Wilkinson, Zaiontz. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. 1-10.  

 “Colonizing the ‘Original’: John Greyson and Queer Adaptations: An Interview.” Co-authored with J. Paul Halferty.” In Performing Adaptations. Eds. MacArthur, Wilkinson, Zaiontz. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. 183-202.

“Adapting Identities: Race and Rescue in the Work of George Elliott Clarke: An Interview.” Co-authored with Lydia Wilkinson.” In Performing Adaptations. Eds. MacArthur, Wilkinson, Zaiontz. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Pub, 2009. 227-242.

“Urban Research, Collective Report, Audience Encounter: Darren O’Donnell Discusses the Benefits of Talking to Strangers in Diplomatic Immunities.” Canadian Theatre Review 127 (2006): 83-87.