Quorum: QMUL Theatre and Performance Research Series 2018-2019


Quorum 2018 and 19_Semester 1_Yvette Hutchison Poster (1)



In this paper I set out to analyse and compare online and live networking, as spaces for artistic and critical engagement both within Africa and beyond, drawing from the research I have conducted through the African Womens’ Playwright Network from 2015 to the present. It will explore the contexts, benefits, limits and potentialities of technologies in shaping creative and professional networks, particularly for researchers wanting to move away from static or macro approaches to understanding so-called ‘African’ identities and transcend the beleaguered discourses of ‘gender and development’ or ‘empowerment’. In this analysis I particularly reflect on the impact of using Linda Tuhiwai Smith’s approach to decolonising indigenous research methodologies when creating a cross-cultural network. Finally, I compare the efficacy of the different platforms and reflect on my learning specifically and more generally regarding the use of on and off-line spaces for network building.

[1] With thanks to Steve Ranford, Warwick IT for technical advice and help with data collection and analysis.


Yvette Hutchison is a South African academic and theatre maker, who is a Reader in the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. Her research focuses on Anglophone African theatre, history and narratives of memory, and how intercultural performance practices are challenged by ongoing postcolonial issues. She is associate editor of the South African Theatre Journal and the African Theatre series and has co-edited books with Kole Omotoso and Eckhard Breitinger. Her monograph, South African Performance and Archives of Memory, was published by Manchester University Press in 2013. She has most recently co-edited African Theatre: Contemporary Dance (James Currey, Nov 2018) with Chukwuma Okoye. She has created physical theatre, installation pieces and written theatre for young people.


 Wednesday 24 October 2018, 18.00

Rehearsal Room Two, Arts One Building (Mile End Campus)

Everyone welcome

Refreshments will be served

Free admission


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With best wishes,

QUORUM Committee 2018-19

Vanessa MacAulay, Genna Gardini, Sarah Harper, Tatjana Kijaniza


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