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Dr Philip Hager





Philip Hager studied theatre at the University of Patras in Greece and then moved to the UK to further his studies at the University of London (Goldsmiths and Royal Holloway). Before joining the Department of Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent in 2017, he taught theatre and performance studies in various British higher education institutions. His research and teaching interests revolve around European theatre and performance practices and he is co-convener of the Inside/Outside Europe research network and of the Performance, Identity and Community working group at TaPRA.

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Philip has extensive experience in teaching theatre and performance history, theory and practice, with a particular focus on twentieth-century and contemporary European practices; post-war British theatre; performance and politics; contemporary performance and cultural/critical theory.

He currently convenes the following modules:

DR338 Making Performance 
DR674 Media and Performance Art 

DR903 Theatre and Audiences
DR899 Theatre Practices: Professional Study Casebook

He is also teaching on the following modules:

DR339 Making Performance 2

DR619 Playwriting I: For Beginners
DR678 Creative Project



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Philip is interested in the politics of theatre and performance, with a particular focus on European contexts and identities. In 2013 he co-founded (alongside Marilena Zaroulia) the Inside/Outside Europe research network whose first output was Performances of Capitalism, Crises and Resistance: Inside/Outside Europe; an edited collection that negotiates and historicises the various European crises alongside resistant practices.

His research revolves around the following themes/areas:

  • Performance, history and cultural memory.
  • Urban performances and dramaturgies of citizenship.
  • Political economies and geographies of cultural practices.
  • Theatre under authoritarian regimes.
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