Magda Romanska is an Associate Professor of Theatre Studies and Dramaturgy at Emerson College in Boston, MA, and the Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of TheTheatreTimes.com, the largest global digital theatre portal, for which she won the 2018 Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy. Her research focuses on theatre, transmedia, new media dramaturgy, and posthumanism. She has taught at Harvard University, Yale School of Drama, Cornell University, and Emerson College. Romanska is the author or editor of four critically acclaimed theatre books, including The Post-traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor, Reader in Comedy: An Anthology of Theory and Criticism; and The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, a leading handbook of dramaturgy. Her fifth book, an edited anthology, Theatermachine: Tadeusz Kantor in Context is forthcoming from NUP. She is currently completing two book projects: The Bionic Body: Technology, Disability and Posthumanism, and Transmedia Dramaturgy: Multiplatform and Networked Performance.
Invited talk #1:
“Posthuman Performance: TechnObjects in Theatre and Performing Arts From Robot Actors to Algorithm”
Posthuman Performance: Tech-Objects in Theatre and Performing Arts From Robot Actors to Algorithm - The paper focuses the use of posthuman tech-objects (robots, algorithms, holograms, AI) in live performance in theatre and performing arts, including the use of space, time, character, dramaturgical tools and mediated human-non-human presence
Invited talk #2
This project focuses on the intersection of discourses on dignity: legal, ethical, social, performative and evolutionary. We talk about dignified life, death, and old age; the dignity of the human corpse and human beings. But what is dignity and do we need it? This project argues that in order to answer any questions about our posthuman future (and whether or not it will deprive us of our dignity), we need to first understand what dignity is, what it has been, and what it might become.