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About

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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Publications

Book
Zaroulia, M. and Hager, P. (eds.) (2015). Performances of Capitalism, Crises and Resistance: Inside/Outside Europe. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book section

Hager, P. (2015) ‘Towards a Nomadology of Class Struggle: Rhythms, Spaces and Occupy London Stock Exchange’ in: Zaroulia, M. and Hager, P. eds. Performances of Capitalism, Crises and Resistance: Inside/Outside Europe. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Zaroulia, M. and Hager, P. (2014). ‘Europhile or Eurosceptic? Gaps in the narrative and performances of panic’ in: Tsilimpounidi, M. and Walsh, A. eds. Re-mapping ‘Crisis’: A Guide to Athens. Zero Books.

Hager, P. (2013). ‘Dramaturgies of Crisis and Performances of Citizenship: Syntagma Square, Athens’ Solga, K. and Hopkins, DJ eds. Performance and the Global City. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hager, P. (2012). ‘Sarcasm and Contestation: Pavlos Matesis’ Biochemistry’ in: Theatre in Greece in the 20th century: from the theatre of ideas to post-modernism. Athens: Ergo (in Greek).
Hager, P. (2010). ‘“Are there Significant Contemporary Greek Plays?” Innovation as Ideological and Institutional Contestation of Tradition in the Greek Field of Theatre in the Period 1970-1973’ in: Glytzouris, A. and Georgiadi, K. eds. Modern Greek Theatre: Tradition and Modernisation. Herakleion University Press (in Greek).
Hager, P. (2006). ‘Performance as Pretext: Our Grand Circus by I. Kambanellis and the Narration of History in the Present Tense’ in: Xrisohoos, N. and Renieri, M. eds. Proceedings of the Panhellenic Conference in Honour of I. Kambanellis. Patras: Peri Technon (in Greek).

Journal articles
Hager, P. (2017) ‘Trajectories of Transition: Economies and Geographies of Theatre in Contemporary Athens.’ Journal of Greek Media and Culture 3:2.
Hager, P. (2017) ‘Acropolis Remapped: on a Democratic Politics of Resistance.’ Synthesis, Vol. 9 (online).
Zaroulia, M. and Hager, P. (2016). ‘Performances of Willfulness and Freedom: Mavili Collective, Embros Theatre, Green Park.’ Théâtre/Public, 222. (in French).
Fragkou, M. and Hager, P. (2013). ‘Staging London: Participation and Citizenship on the way to the 2012 Olympic Games.’ Contemporary Theatre Review 23:4.
Hager, P. (2007). ‘Antonio or the Message: Bourgeois Conformism and the Dictatorship of the Colonels in Greece (1967-1974).’ Platform: Postgraduate eJournal of Theatre Arts 2:1.

Editing
Hager, P. and Fragkou, M. (2017). Special issue ‘Dramaturgies of Change: Greek Theatre Now’ Journal of Greek Media and Culture 3:2.
Zaroulia, M. and Hager, P. (2015). ‘Acts of Voting: a Lexicon’ Contemporary Theatre Review Online.
Fragkou, M. and Hager, P. (2007). Special issue ‘Theatres of Resistance’ Platform: Postgraduate eJournal of Theatre Arts 2:1.

Other Publications
Hager, P. (2017). ‘ODC and the Politics of Desire.’ ODC. Athens: Nefeli.
Hager, P. (2017). Review of Performing (for) Survival: Theatre, Crisis, Extremity Ed. Patrick Duggan and Lisa Peschel. New Theatre Quarterly, 33:2. 
Hager, P. (2013). ‘Sites of History: Debris, Ruins and Memory.’ /Π/ Magazine: Melancholy and Politics, No. 2.
Hager, P. (2011). ‘The Protests in Athens: Indignant Dramaturgies and Geographies in Syntagma Square’ in Backpages 21.4, Contemporary Theatre Review, 21:4.

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Research Interests

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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Teaching

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:

Undergraduate:
DR338 Making Performance
DR674 Media and Performance Art
DR592 Directing Theatre: Methods and Making
DR619 Playwriting I: For Beginners

Postgraduate:
DR903 Theatre and Audiences
DR899 Theatre Practices: Professional Study Casebook

He is also teaching on the following modules:

Undergraduate:
DR339 Making Performance 2
DR678 - Creative Project

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