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Margaret M Hamilton Dr.

Senior Lecturer

  • Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
  • School of the Arts, English and Media

Overview


Author of "Transfigured Stages: Major Practitioners and Theatre Aesthetics in Australia" (Rodopi 2011), Margaret Hamilton specialises in research on contemporary theatre in Australia and abroad. Her research has covered Australian artists such as The Hayloft Project, Jenny Kemp, The Sydney Front (1986 - 1993), Open City (1987 - ), William Yang, the Elision Ensemble and director, Benedict Andrews, and international artists, including, Rimini Protokoll, Robert Wilson and Heiner Müller. Her work has appeared in a number of book collections, as well as refereed journals published in Australia and internationally.

Margaret completed her PhD (2006) at the University of New South Wales under the honorary supervision of Prof. Dr. Hans-Thies Lehmann, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt-am-Main. Her thesis is recognised as the first dissertation written on postdramatic theatre in Australia in Karen Jürs-Munby's English translation of Lehmann's book "Postdramatic Theatre" (Routledge, 2006). Prior to the University of Wollongong Margaret taught at the Institut für Anglistik and Amerikanistik, Potsdam Universität, Germany.

For a number of years Margaret worked as a consultant in international arts market development for the Australia Council for the Arts, the Federal Government's arts funding and advisory body, and was assigned to the Public Diplomacy Team at the Australian Embassy, Berlin. In Berlin she developed and managed a major program of contemporary Australian arts and a subsidiary European touring program for the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australia International Cultural Council and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The program included the music theatre productions "Yuè Lìng Jié" (Elision Ensemble) and "The Theft of Sita" (Australian Art Orchestra/ I Wayan Gde Yudane), the outdoor aerial performance "Homeland" (Legs on the Wall), the Sandy Evans Trio, and a major exhibition of contemporary Australian art at the Hamburger Bahnhof: Museum for Contemporary Art in Berlin.

Her extensive experience in the European cultural industry has involved collaborations with the Hebbel Theater Berlin, Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Berliner Festspiele, Theater der Welt and a number of other European venues and festivals, and representation at trade fairs, including the Australian Performing Arts Market and the Informal European Theatre Meeting.

In Australia her professional appointments reflect fifteen years experience in arts administration, policy and funding, and she has written for a number of cultural industry publications, including articles for the Australia Council and the Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes in Australia.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Postdramatic theatre; contemporary Australian and European theatre directors; site-specific performance; international cultural policy. 

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2018

    Published In
    Contemporary Theatre Review
    Volume
    28
    Pages
    445 - 460
    ISSN
    1048-6801
    2015

    Published In
    Australasian Drama Studies
    Volume
    67
    Pages
    181 - 186
    ISSN
    0810-4123
    2014

    Published In
    Theatre Journal (Baltimore)
    Volume
    66
    Pages
    519 - 539
    ISSN
    0192-2882
    2013

    Published In
    Zeitschrift fuer Australienstudien
    Volume
    27
    Pages
    29 - 47
    2013

    Published In
    Australasian Drama Studies
    Volume
    63
    Pages
    135 - 139
    ISSN
    0810-4123
    2012

    Published In
    Sexualities: studies in culture and society
    Volume
    15
    Pages
    297 - 313
    ISSN
    1461-7382
    2008

    Published In
    Australasian Drama Studies
    Pages
    3 - 23
    ISSN
    0810-4123
    2007

    Published In
    Performance Paradigm
    Volume
    3
    Pages
    1 - 6
    ISSN
    1832-5580
    2007

    Published In
    Performance Paradigm
    Volume
    3
    Pages
    1 - 11
    ISSN
    1832-5580
  • Book

    Year Title
    2011

    Publisher
    Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi
    ISBN
    9789401200554
    Pages
    243
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2015

    Published In
    Rimini Protokoll close-up: lektüren
    Publisher
    Hannover: Wehrhahn Verlag
    Pages
    72 - 91
    ISBN
    9783865254542
    2009

    Published In
    Belonging and exclusion: case studies in recent Australian and German literature, film and theatre
    Publisher
    Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
    Pages
    45 - 59
    ISBN
    9781443810005

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Blossoms from the death of the last summer’s bloom: Exploring the role of conflict and care in collaborative art practices in and with communities
    Doctor of Creative Arts ANTHROPOMORPHISM: ANIMALS & ARTS
    Doctor of Creative Arts Funny Feminists: The inspirations and subversions of female clowns in Australia now Broadway, Susan
    Doctor of Philosophy The Trinidad Theatre Workshop Brennan, Pat

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Postdramatic theatre; contemporary Australian and European theatre directors; site-specific performance; international cultural policy. 

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2018

    Published In
    Contemporary Theatre Review
    Volume
    28
    Pages
    445 - 460
    ISSN
    1048-6801
    2015

    Published In
    Australasian Drama Studies
    Volume
    67
    Pages
    181 - 186
    ISSN
    0810-4123
    2014

    Published In
    Theatre Journal (Baltimore)
    Volume
    66
    Pages
    519 - 539
    ISSN
    0192-2882
    2013

    Published In
    Zeitschrift fuer Australienstudien
    Volume
    27
    Pages
    29 - 47
    2013

    Published In
    Australasian Drama Studies
    Volume
    63
    Pages
    135 - 139
    ISSN
    0810-4123
    2012

    Published In
    Sexualities: studies in culture and society
    Volume
    15
    Pages
    297 - 313
    ISSN
    1461-7382
    2008

    Published In
    Australasian Drama Studies
    Pages
    3 - 23
    ISSN
    0810-4123
    2007

    Published In
    Performance Paradigm
    Volume
    3
    Pages
    1 - 6
    ISSN
    1832-5580
    2007

    Published In
    Performance Paradigm
    Volume
    3
    Pages
    1 - 11
    ISSN
    1832-5580
  • Book

    Year Title
    2011

    Publisher
    Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi
    ISBN
    9789401200554
    Pages
    243
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2015

    Published In
    Rimini Protokoll close-up: lektüren
    Publisher
    Hannover: Wehrhahn Verlag
    Pages
    72 - 91
    ISBN
    9783865254542
    2009

    Published In
    Belonging and exclusion: case studies in recent Australian and German literature, film and theatre
    Publisher
    Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
    Pages
    45 - 59
    ISBN
    9781443810005

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Blossoms from the death of the last summer’s bloom: Exploring the role of conflict and care in collaborative art practices in and with communities
    Doctor of Creative Arts ANTHROPOMORPHISM: ANIMALS & ARTS
    Doctor of Creative Arts Funny Feminists: The inspirations and subversions of female clowns in Australia now Broadway, Susan
    Doctor of Philosophy The Trinidad Theatre Workshop Brennan, Pat
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