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Dr Karen Juers-Munby

Dr Karen Juers-Munby

Lecturer

The LICA Building
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YW


Tel: +44 1524 594389

Affiliations

Centre for Performance and Practice

PhD Supervision Interests

I welcome applications for postgraduate study in any of the following broad areas: Contemporary European/British/American drama, theatre and performance; Postdramatic theatre and performance; Theories, histories and contemporary practices of acting and performing; New writing and new dramaturgies; Intermedial practices in theatre; Text and Performance; Feminist theatre and performance; The work of Elfriede Jelinek; Theatre translation theory and practice.

Current Teaching

Postgraduate:

I am currently supervising the following PhD projects: 

- Ildiko Rippel, 'Real Relations and the Non-Performer in Performance'

 

I have supervised/co-supervised the following PhD projects:

- Piotr Woycicki, 'The Politics of Perception in Post-cinematic Performance: Anexploration of the interinvolvement of theatre and film in contemporaryperformance andcinema' (2011)

- Peter Petralia, 'Reshaping Spatiality: Cognitive perception and the fracturing of theatrical space'(2011)

- Kathryn Whittaker, 'Representing the 'crisis' in masculinity: British and North American male playwrights', (2009, 2nd supervisor)

- Kerstin Bueschges,'On hair, fishtails and voices: resisting femininity in contemporary performance practice (2007).

 

I also supervise MA Dissertations on the MA in Contemporary Arts Research.

 

Undergraduate:

 LICA100 Modernism in the Arts, contribution of lectures

LICA180 Introduction to Theatre Studies, contribution of lectures

LICA284 Postwar European Playwrights, Convenor

THEA306 Contemporary European Theatre, Convenor

LICA281/313 Applied Theatre Practice I and II, Convenor

LICA300 Special Subject (Dissertation)

 

Current Research

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

1. Combining my ongoing research into postdramatic dramaturgies, relationships between texts and performance and the writings of Nobel prize laureate Elfriede Jelinek, my current research focuses on the innovative postdramatic stagings of Elfriede Jelinek's theatre texts by major German directors, to be published in a monograph, ‘Do what you like!':  Staging Elfriede Jelinek's Theatre Texts. The book will be the first systematic exploration of the dynamics between Jelinek as a writer of no-longer-dramatic texts and the diverse approaches of a strong directors theatre (‘Regietheater'). 

2. Together with Prof Allyson Fiddler, I am also currently co-editing a special journal issue of Austrian Studies on “Jelinek in the Arena: Sport, Cultural Understanding and Translation to Page and Stage”, forthcoming in 2014.  

3.  I am currently part of an international research project on Elfriede Jelinek and Postdramatic Theatre organised by the new Forschungsplattform [Research Platform] Elfriede Jelinek, Vienna. The project,  entitled „Sinn egal. Körper zwecklos“ Postdramatik - Reflexion & Revision, involves a series of video conferences,  public email exchanges and a major symposium in Vienna in May, which will result book publication.  For more information, please see: https://fpjelinek.univie.ac.at/forschungsarbeiten/projekt-postdramatik/

Additional Information

Recent Publications

Book Translation

Translation and introduction of Hans-Thies Lehmann's Postdramatic Theatre (London/New York: Routledge, 2006).

Edited Books

Postdramatic Theatre and the Political: International Perspectives on Contemporary Performance, edited by Karen Jürs-Munby, Jerome Carroll and Steve Giles, Methuen/Bloomsbury (Methuen Drama Engage series), 2013, 324 pages.  

Das Analoge sträubt sich gegen das Digitale? Die Materialität des Deutschen Theaters und die Virtuelle Welt (The Analogue resists the Digital? The Materiality of German Theatre and the Virtual World), co-edited with David Barnett, Moray McGowan, Theater der Zeit Recherchen Series No. 37, October 2006.

Articles & Chapters

‘Mythen weiblicher (Ohn-)Macht und ihre feministische Demontage im Theater: Machträume bei Bobby Baker und Elfriede Jelinek‘ [Myths of Female Power and their feminist deconstruction in performance: Spaces of Power in the work of Bobby Baker and Elfriede Jelinek‘], in Nina Birkner, Andrea Geier und Urte Helduser (eds), Spielräume des Anderen: Geschlecht und Alterität im postdramatischen Theater, Transcript, 2014 (forthcoming in March) 2014.

 ‘Parasitic Politics: Elfriede Jelinek's ‘Secondary Dramas' Abraumhalde and FaustIn and out', in Postdramatic Theatre and the Political: International Perspectives on Contemporary Performance, edited by Karen Jürs-Munby, Jerome Carroll and Steve Giles, Methuen/Bloomsbury (Methuen Drama Engage series), 2013, pp. 209-231.

'Abraumhalde; FaustIn and Out' [‘Slag heap'; ‘Female Faust and Out'= Titles of Jelinek's ‘secondary dramas'], in Pia Janke (ed), Jelinek-Handbuch, Stuttgart/Weimar: J.B. Metzler, 2013, pp. 203-207.

‘Inszenierungsformen' [Forms of Staging], in Pia Janke (ed), Jelinek-Handbuch, Stuttgart/Weimar: J.B. Metzler, 2013, pp. 324-34. 

'Der fremde, faszinierende, paradoxe Ort Theater: Gedanken zu Elfriede Jelineks neueren theatertheoretischen Essays'('The strange, fascinating and paradoxical site of theatre:reflections on Elfriede Jelineksrecent theatre theoretical essays'), Jelinek[Jahr]buch 2011, Praesens Verlag, Vienna, 2011, pp. 85-102.

'Ticker-Theater: von der Krise des Dramas und postdramatischem Echtzeittheater im Umgang mit der globalen Finanzkrise' ('Ticker theatre: of the crisis of drama and postdramatic real-time theatre in the face of the global financial crisis'), Lücken sehen…: Beiträge zu Theater, Literatur und Performance, Festschrift für Hans-Thies Lehmann zum 66. Geburtstag, edited by Martina Gross and Patrick Primavesi, Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2010.

'Text Exposed: Displayed texts as players onstage in contemporary theatre', Studies in Theatre and Performance, 30.1. (January 2010), pp. 101-114.

'The Resistant Text in Postdramatic Theatre: Performing Elfriede Jelinek's Sprachflächen Performance Research, 14.1. (March 2009), pp. 46-56.

'Did you mean posttraumatic theatre? The Vicissitudes of Traumatic Memory in contemporary postdramatic performances', Performance Paradigm, 5.2. Special issue on: After Effects: Performing the Ends of Memory (October 2009), pp. 1-33. Available at: http://www.performanceparadigm.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/jurs-munby-posttraumatic-postdramatic-final-copy-with-images.pdf

'Hanswurst and Herr Ich: Subjection and Abjection in the Enlightenment Censorship of the Comic Figure', New Theatre Quarterly, Vol. 23(2), May 2007.

'Postdramatic Acting/Performing', in Performance Research 'Lexicon', Vol 11.3, Jan. 2007.

'"Ich will seicht sein": Elfriede Jelineks Schauspielmodel(l) als Medienstörung' ('"I want to be shallow": Elfriede Jelinek's model of acting as media interference'), in Das Analoge widersetzt sich dem Digitalen? Die Materialität des Deutschen Theaters und die Virtuelle Welt, edited by David Barnett, Moray McGowan and Karen Jürs-Munby, Theater der Zeit Recherchen Series No. 37, October 2006.

'Of Textual Bodies and Actual Bodies: G.E.Lessing's Abjection of Performance', Theatre Research International, Vol. 30, no. 1, 2005

Reviews and shorter publications

'Wie aktuell sind Elfriede Jelineks feministische Theatertexte der 70er und 80er Jahre?' ('How topical are Elfriede Jelinek's feminist theatre texts of the 1970s and 80s?'), transcript of a video conference between Allyson Fiddler, Christa Gürtler, Gitta Honegger, Pia Janke and Karen Jürs-Munby, Karen in Jelinek[Jahr]Buch, Praesens Verlag, Vienna, pp. 177-185. ISBN 978-3-7069-0606-7

Review of Small Acts of Repair: Performance, Ecology and Goat Island, edited by Stephen Bottoms and Matthew Goulish, in Theatre Research International, 34.3 (Aug 2009): 330-31.

Response to Apocryphal Theatre's The Jesus Guy (director Julia Barclay), Total Theatre Magazine, Aug. 2006.

Review of David Barnett, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and the German Theatre, Modern Drama, Volume 49, Number 3, Fall 2006, pp. 406-409

'Taking Stock and Looking Forward: The Past, Present and Future of Postdramatic Theatre', David Barnett in Conversation with Hans-Thies Lehmann and Karen Jürs-Munby, Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol. 16(4), 2006, p. 483-489.

Conference Papers and Public Presentations

(Feb. 2011) 'Productive "Contra-laborations": Elfriede Jelinek and her Relationship to the Theatre', School of English Colloquium, University of Sussex.

(Nov. 2010) 'Mythen weiblicher (Ohn-)Macht und ihre feministische Demontage im Theater: Machträume bei Bobby Baker und Elfriede Jelinek', 'Anderes Theater - Theater des Anderen: Geschlecht und Alterität im postdramatischen Theater', Trier.

(March 2010) 'Spatializing Text: working with Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis', 20/20 Playwriting/Pedagogy, Birmingham

(March 2010) 'Ticker Text', Text and Theatre Symposium, Manchester Metropolitan University.

(Nov 2009) 'Events between script and freedom: improvising with text in contemporary experimental performance', Experimentality Workshop 2, Lancaster Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster.

(Sept. 2009) 'The Vexed Question of the Text in Postdramatic Theatre in a Cross-cultural Perspective', 'Dramatic and Postdramatic Theatre: Ten Years after', Faculty of Dramatic Arts Belgrade University and BITEF, Belgrade.

(July 2007) "Why Postdramatic Theatre is not Anti-textual: Performing the Resistance of Elfriede Jelinek's 'Text Surfaces'", presented at "Performing Literatures", Leeds.

(Feb 2007) "'I want to be shallow': Elfriede Jelinek's postdramatic theory of acting", presented at "How to Act", Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

(July 2006) Roundtable on postdramatic acting at Central School of Speech and Drama.

(Feb. 2006) "What's in the Post? - Introduction to Postdramatic Theatre", presented at: Beyond Drama: Postdramatic Theatre Symposium, Huddersfield University.

(Feb. 2006) "Taking Stock and Looking Forward: The Past, Present and Future of Postdramatic Theatre", David Barnett in Conversation with Hans-Thies Lehmann and Karen Jürs-Munby.

(Feb. 2006) "'There's a hole in this Performance': Tracing the Real in Goat Island's When will the September roses bloom? Last night was only a comedy", presented at: - (Feb 2006) Beyond Drama: Postdramatic Theatre Symposium, Huddersfield University. - (Nov 2005) IFTR/FIRT conference on "The Fictional and the Real in Contemporary Theatre", Jagellonian University, Krakow.

(Sept 2005) "'I want to be shallow': Elfriede Jelinek's Theory of Acting and its Relation to her critique of Mass Media", Contemporary German Drama Conference, Dublin.

(April 2005) "'I wish for a situation in which one could discard so-called acting': Kantor's Postdramatic Model of (Non-)-Acting", CPR conference "Towards Tomorrow", Aberystwyth.

(Jan. 2004) "Hanswurst and Herr Ich: Subjection and Abjection in the Enlightenment Censorship of the Comic Figure", invited lecture at a Research Seminar Glamorgan University

(Sept. 2003) "Hanswurst and Herr Ich", Clowns, Fools and Picaroes Conference, Belfast.

(Apr. 2001) "Of Textual Bodies and Actual Bodies: Lessing's Abjection of Performance", Performance Studies International, Mainz.

CURATION/ORGANIZATION

(Forthcoming 2011) International conference on 'Postdramatic Theatre as/or Political Theatre: Representation, Mediatisation and Advanced Capitalism', co-organized with Jerome Carroll and Steve Giles, 21st-23rd Sept 2011 at the IGRS, London.

(Sept 2007) Co-Chair of "The Future of the Text" workshop at "European Dramaturgy in the 21st Century", Frankfurt.

(Feb 2006) Beyond Drama: Postdramatic Theatre Symposium, Huddersfield University

2013

Inszenierungsformen

Juers-Munby, K. 2013 Jelinek-Handbuch. Janke, P., Schenkermayr, C. & Zenker, A. (eds.). Stuttgart: Verlag J.B. Metzler, p. 324-334 11 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Abraumhalde; FaustIn and out

Juers-Munby, K. 2013 Jelinek-Handbuch. Janke, P., Schenkermayr, C. & Zenker, A. (eds.). Stuttgart: Verlag J.B. Metzler, p. 203-207 5 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Parastic politics: Elfriede Jelinek's 'secondary dramas' and their staging

Juers-Munby, K. 19/12/2013 Postdramatic theatre and the political: international perspectives on contemporary performance. Juers-Munby, K., Carroll, J. & Giles, S. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, p. 209-231 23 p. (Methuen Drama Engage)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Postdramatic theatre and the political: international perspectives on contemporary performance

Juers-Munby, K., Carroll, J. & Giles, S. 19/12/2013 London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. 324 p. (Methuen Drama Engage)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsAnthology

2012

Foreword to ‘Sports Play’ by Elfriede Jelinek

Juers-Munby, K. 2012 Sports Play. London: Oberon Books, p. 25-36 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsForeword/postscript

2011

Der fremde, faszinierende, paradoxe Ort Theater: Gedanken zu Elfriede Jelineks neueren theatertheoretischen Essays

Juers-Munby, K. 2011 Jelinek[Jahr]buch 2011: (Annual publication of the Elfriede Jelinek Reserearch Centre). Janke, P. (ed.). Vienna: Praesens Verlag, p. 85-102 18 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2010

Ticker-Theater: von der Krise des Dramas und postdramatischem Echtzeittheater im Umgang mit der globalen Finanzkrise

Juers-Munby, K. 2010 Lücken sehen...: Beiträge zu Theater, Literatur und Performance. Gross, M. & Primavesi, P. (eds.). Universitätsverlag C. Winter, p. 251-264 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Text Exposed: Displayed texts as players onstage in contemporary theatre

Juers-Munby, K. 01/2010 In: Studies in Theatre and Performance. 30, 1, p. 101-114 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Wie aktuell sind Elfriede Jelineks feministische Theatertexte der 70er und 80er Jahre?

Fiddler, A., Gürtler, C., Honegger, G., Janke, P., Jürs-Munby, K. & Clar, P. 03/2010 Jelinek[Jahr]Buch. Janke, P. (ed.). Vienna: Praesens Verlag, p. 177-185 9 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2009

‘Did you mean post-traumatic theatre?’: The vicissitudes of traumatic memory in contemporary postdramatic performances

Juers-Munby, K. 10/2009 In: Performance Paradigm ( online). 5, 2, p. 1-33 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The Resistant Text in Postdramatic Theatre: Performing Elfriede Jelinek's ‘Sprachflächen’

Juers-Munby, K. 03/2009 In: Performance Research. 14, 1, p. 46-56 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Hanswurst and Herr Ich: Subjection and Abjection in the Enlightenment Censorship of the Comic Figure.

Jürs-Munby, K. 1/05/2007 In: New Theatre Quarterly. 23, 2, p. 124-135 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

'Ich will seicht sein': Elfriede Jelinek's Schauspielmodel (l) als Ideologiekritik und Medienst'rung

Jürs-Munby, K. 2006 Das Analoge sträubt sich gegen das Digitale:: Materialitäten des deutschsprachigen Theaters in einer Welt des Virtuellen. Theater der Zeit Recherchen, p. 86-100 15 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Postdramatic Theatre.

Jürs-Munby, K. & Lehmann, H. T. 1/02/2006

Research output: Other contribution

2005

Of Textual Bodies and Actual Bodies: the Abjection of Performance in Lessing's Dramaturgy.

Jürs-Munby, K. 1/03/2005 In: Theatre Research International. 30, 1, p. 19-35 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  • A Marathon Effort Lifted by Humour

    13/07/2012
    The Times reviewed Sports Play, Jelinek's 1998 play on the theme of sport, war, and contemporary politics, which was given its world première in English at Lancaster University's Nuffield Theatre on ... Read more»
  • Sports Play, on Tour

    07/07/2012
    Lancaster University's première of Jelinek's play in English, produced by Just a Must theatre company and in a translation by Penny Black with Karen Juers-Munby is previewed here in the Guardian: "Pl ... Read more»
  • Jelinek Conference and World Première of Sports Play in English

    03/07/2012
    "Sports Play, Nobel Prize winning Elfriede Jelinek’s postdramatic exploration of the commodification of the human body in sport begins its UK tour at Live at LICA in Lancaster on the 11th, arriving ... Read more»