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Director and Steering Group


Dr Suzanne Little

Suzanne Little is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies. Suzanne is an interdisciplinary researcher publishing on political dance, trauma, practice as Research, reflective practice, documentary theatre, and the witness turn in contemporary performance (forthcoming). Suzanne is the vice president of ADSA and a member of FIRT and PSI.

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Steering Group

Dr Jennifer Cattermole

Jennifer Cattermole is a Lecturer in Music. Her research interests include music policy and politics, community music-making, and the role of music in reflecting and constructing place and identity. Her research to date has focused on indigenous musics of Aotearoa/New Zealand and Fiji. She is currently researching the development of Dunedin’s arts and culture strategy, Ara Toi.

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Dr Christina Ergler

Christina Ergler is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography. Christina's research lies at the cross-roads of geography, sociology and public health in the minority and majority world. She focuses on the relationships between wellbeing, place and lived everyday experiences. In her research she traces social and environmental injustices drawing from a wider range of social theories including the work of Bourdieu, Gibson and Sen.

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Ms Hilary Halba

Hilary Halba is a Senior Lecturer in Theatres Studies. She is a teacher, director, actor, producer and dramaturge with over 20 years' experience in New Zealand theatre and education. Her research interests include bicultural theatre in Aotearoa/New Zealand, acting methodologies, actor training, documentary theatre, and New Zealand post-colonial theatre.

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Dr Rosemary Overell

Rosemary Overell is a Lecturer in Media, Film and Communication. Coming out of cultural studies of popular music, she recently published Affective Intensities in Extreme Music Scenes (Palgrave, 2014). She is currently looking at the ‘Lacanian voice’ and mediality in contemporary pop cultures.

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Assoc. Prof. Hazel Tucker

Hazel Tucker is an Associate Professor in Tourism. Her research interests are in heritage tourism, and tourism’s relations to cultural change, emotion, colonialism/postcolonialism, tourist narratives and performance, and tour guiding. Her publications include Living with Tourism (Routledge, 2003), Tourism and Postcolonialism (Routledge, 2004), and recent articles on World Heritage, empathy, and apocalyptic subjectivity in tourism.

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Research Assistant

Massimiliana Urbano

Massimiliana Urbano is a PhD candidate in Media, Film and Communication. Her thesis looks at the concept of information as a material force that operates in the production of material processes and counter-cultural practices within social movements in Italy. She graduated from the University of Bologna with History and Political Sciences BA and with Contemporary European History MA and from Liverpool Hope University with Contemporary Art History MA.

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