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Helene Vosters

helenevosters@gmail.com

EDUCATION

2015  Ph.D. Theatre and Performance Studies, York University
Dissertation: “Good Mourning Canada? Canadian Military Commemoration
and its Lost Subjects.”

2007  M.F.A. Experimental Performance Institute, New College of California, 2007
Performance Thesis: Rosaceae: There’s a War in the Garden

2001  B.A. School of Humanities, New College of California

 

POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS

2016-2018  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship

2015-2016   Canadian Consortium for Performance and Politics in the Americas Postdoctoral Fellowship

PUBLICATIONS

2017  “Sochi Olympics 2014, Canadian Truth and Reconciliation, and the Haunting Ghouls of Canadian Nationalism.” Performance Studies and Canadian Culture. Edited by Laura Levin and Marlis Schweitzer. McGill-Queen’s Press.

2016  “Unravel: A Labour of Lament and Unbecoming.” Engaging Affects, Thinking Feelings: Social, Political and Artistic Practices. Eds. Susan Driver, Kara Stone and Melanie Patenaude. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2016. 139-144.

2015  “Diamanda Galás and Amanda Todd: Performing Trauma’s Sticky Connections.” Theatre Research in Canada 36:1 (2015): 89-105.

2015  “Cultivating a Cross-border, Extra-theatrical Assemblage in Resistance to Femicide in the Americas.” Canadian Theatre Review Issue 161 (2015): 22-25.

2015  “State the Nature of Your Emergency.” Emergency Index: Volume 4: 2015. Edited by Yelena Gluzman and Sophia Cleary. New York: Ugly Duckling Press, 2015.

2014  “Military Memorialization and its Object(s) of Period Purification.” Performing Objects and Theatrical Things. Edited by Joanne Zerdy and Marlis Schweitzer. Palgrave McMillan: London, 2014. 104-117.

2014  “Between Worlds: Reflections on a Year of Falling.” Theatre of Affect (Essays), Volume 4 in the New Essays on Canadian Theatre series, Ed. Erin Hurley, Gen. Ed. Ric Knowles. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2014. 263-274.

2014  “Beyond Monumentalization: Activating Empathy for the ‘Lost Subjects of History’.” Canadian Theatre Review Issue 157 (2014): 34-38.

2014  “Shot at Dawn.” Emergency Index: Volume 3: 2013. Edited by Yelena Gluzman. New York: Ugly Duckling Press, 2014: 546-537.

2013  “Impact Lab and the Halprin Life/Art Process: A Practice-based Approach to Creative, Affective, and Political Mobilization.” Canadian Journal of Practice-Based Research in Theatre 5:1 (2013): 1-23.

2013  “Piece/Peace Work: Engendering ‘Rationalities of Care’ through a Thread-by-Thread deconstruction of militarism.” Performance Research 18:3 (2013): 4-14.

2012  “Beyond Heroism and Towards Shared Vulnerability: Re-imagining Canada’s Affective Deployments of Mourning in Response to Afghan War Deaths.” FRAKCIJA Issue 58/59 (2012): 51-59.

2012  “Impact Afghanistan War.” Emergency Index: 2011. Edited by Yelena Gluzman and Matvei Yankelevich. New York: Ugly Duckling Press, 2012: 26-27.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND PERFORMANCES

2016  Unbecoming Nationalisms/Nacionalismos Impropios, eX-céntrico, Santiago, Chile

2016  Return Atacama, with CONSTELACIONES, eX-céntrico, Calama, Chile

2016  Echoes: North, North… with CONSTELACIONES, eX-céntrico, Santiago, Chile

2015  Surveilling/Surveillance, Washington Square, New York City

2015  Flag of Tears: Lament for the Stains of a Nation, Canadian Classics Reimagined, Factory Theatre, Toronto;  Hard Twist 10: Memory, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto; You’re Not Here, Daniel’s Spectrum, Toronto

2015  Unsettling Canada Day Embroidery Circle Picnic, Queen’s Park, Toronto

2014  Shot at Dawn, Queen’s Park, Toronto

2014  Remanifestations, with Kimberley McLeod, Encuentro, Montréal

2014  State the Nature of Your Emergency, with Kimberley McLeod, Canadian Association of Theatre Research Conference, Brock University

2014  Unravel: A Meditation on the Warp and Weft of Militarism, Cross Sections, Toronto

2013  Shot at Dawn, WIAprojects: Babble/Babel, Queen’s Park, Toronto

2013  Unravel: A Meditation on the Warp and Weft of Militarism, WIAprojects: Babble/Babel, Toronto; Walnut Contemporary Gallery, Toronto

2013  Haunting the Past’s Present, PSi 19, Stanford University

2013  On Love and War, Litanies for our Survival, York University, Toronto; MARKIT! Videofag, Toronto

2012  Unravel: A Meditation on the Warp and Weft of Militarism, PSi 18, Armley Mills, Leeds, UK; F.O.O.T.: Theatre and Learning, University of Toronto

2011  k[NO]w Places, with Life and Limb, Rhubarb Festival, Toronto, 2011

2011  Unravel: A Meditation on the Warp and Weft of Militarism, Visualeyez Performance Art Festival, Edmonton

July 1 2010 through July 1, 2011  Impact Afghanistan War, A year-long counter-memorial performed daily throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe

INVITED TALKS AND PRESENTATIONS

2016  Artist Roundtable: Performance Artists, eX-céntrico, Santiago, Chile

2015  “The Tactical Queer Craft of Unbecoming Nationalisms” Decolonizing Panamerica: Performance, Activism, Indigeneity performancestudies (Canada) speaker series, York University

2015  “Labours of Counter Memorialization and Durational Engagement.” Canadian Consortium for Performance and Politics in the Americas, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México

2014  Artist-Activist Dialogue: Exchange of Ideas of Performance and Social Intervention with La Pocha Nostra REBEL ACTS, University of Toronto, Toronto

2014  Artist Round Table: Urban Interventions. Hemispheric Institute Encuentro, Concordia University, Montréal.

2014  “‘Rationalities of Care’ Through a Thread-by-Thread Deconstruction of Militarism.” Community Arts Practice Lunch Series, York University

2011  “Good Mourning Canada? Performative Responses to Military Memorialization.” Women, War, and Learning, OISE, University of Toronto

2011  “Impact Afghanistan War.” CBKU Gallery, The Artist’s Meal, Utrecht, NL, 2011

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

2016  “The Canadian Maple Leaf: From Mascot to Palimpsest Matter.” Popular Culture Association of Canada Conference, Montreal

2014  “Performing Trauma’s Semiotic Excess: Diamanda Galás and Amanda Todd.” Canadian Association of Theatre Research Conference, St. Catherine’s

2014  “Labours of Memorialization and Durational Engagement.” Intersections: Thinking/Feeling. Ryerson University, Toronto

2013  “Dressed to Kill: From Reverential Object to Ghostly Matter.” (Re)Activating Objects: Social Theory and Material Culture, London, March 16

2013  “Unravel: A Meditation on the Warp and Weft of Militarism.” Feminist Art Conference, Toronto

2012  “Piece/Peace Work: Engendering ‘Rationalities of Care’ through a Thread-by-Thread Deconstruction of Militarism.” PS1 18 Leeds

2012  “Affective Mobilization, Memory Projects, and Prefigurative Politics.” Canadian Association of Theatre Research Conference, Waterloo

2012  “Between the Worlds: Reflections on a Year of Falling.” Canadian Association of Theatre Research Conference, Waterloo

2012  “If the Dead Could Speak: Avowals and Disavowals of U.S. and Canadian Responses
to Afghan War Deaths.” Cultural Studies Association, San Diego

2011  “Investing in Grief in Times of War: Canada’s Post 9/11 Deployment of Military Projects.” American Society for Theater Research, Montreal

2011  “Beyond Heroism and Towards Shared Vulnerability: Re-imagining Canada’s Affective Deployments of Mourning in Response to Afghan War Deaths.” Canadian Association of Theatre Research, Fredericton

2011  “Towards a Poetics of Shared Vulnerability: Re-imagining Canadian Military Memory Projects.” The Art of Public Memory Conference, Greensboro

2008  “Mourning in the Commons: Women Awakening the Transformative Power of Collective Grief through Performance Intervention.” Women and Power Conference, University of South Dakota

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

2013  Armand and Denise La Barge Graduate Scholarship in Multiculturalism, 2014
Ontario Graduate Scholarship

2013  Susan Mann Dissertation Scholarship (declined)

2012  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship

2012  Ontario Graduate Scholarship (declined)

2012  Heather McCallum Research Scholarship, Canadian Association of Theatre Research

2012  Robert Lawrence Prize, Canadian Association of Theatre Research

2012  Theatre Practice and Performance Research Award, Canadian Association of Theatre Research

2011  Ontario Graduate Scholarship