Bio

Helene Vosters is an artist, activist, and scholar. She holds a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies (York University), an MFA in Queer and Activist Performance (New College of California), and is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Manitoba). Helene’s work explores issues of state violence, the politics of its transmission into social memory, and the role of performance and aesthetic practices in mobilizing resistance. Helene’s counter-memorial performances include Unbecoming Nationalisms/Nacionalismos Impropios, a participatory unsewing circle at the Hemispheric Institute’s 10th Encuentro—eXcéntrico: dissidence, sovereignties, performance (Santiago, Chile); participatory Flag of Tears embroidery circles (Toronto, Montreal); Impact Afghanistan War and Unravel: A meditation on the warp and weft of militarism (throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe); Shot at Dawn, a mourning in the commons Remembrance Day ritual (Toronto). Helene’s scholarly contributions include articles in Canadian and international peer-reviewed academic journals (Performance Research, Theatre Research in Canada, Canadian Journal of Practice-based Research in Theatre, Canadian Theatre Review, and FRAKCIJI), and book sections in Performance Studies in Canada (forthcoming), Performing Objects and Theatrical Things and Theatre of Affect. Additionally, Impact has been taken up by Diana Taylor in Performance and by Jessica Auchter in The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations, and Unravel and Shot at Dawn are featured in War Imagery in Women’s Textiles, by art historians Deborah A. Deacon and Paula E. Calvin.