I am a story teller and academic, writing books and plays about memories and imaginaries that matter. I live in London with my partner, a narrative designer and academic, and our two children. I was appointed as Professor in Cultural and Creative Industries at Kings College, London and Head of the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries in 2013. I am Honorary Visiting Professor at the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney and a Research Associate of the Centre for Cultural Policy Research, Glasgow University.
My academic work has contributed to the new field of memory studies, particularly in digital media, gender and mediated memories of genocide and terrorism, as well memories of nonviolent struggles. I am the author and editor of six books and various articles on media, gender and cultural memory. I have just submitted for production Gender and Memory in the Globital Age (Palgrave) a book that explores how mobile technologies are changing human memory. Cultural Memories of Nonviolent Struggle: Powerful Times (Palgrave) was published this year.
I do on the ground work supporting peace and gender equality (I acted as a consultant to Fuel Theatre's fabulous Phenomenal Women project to which you can add your own phenomenal women from history); I contribute to international debate on ‘a right to memory’ especially in relation to the European Roma and contribute to public discussion on storytelling and restitition.
WIth colleagues in Australia I am researching 'Mining Memories' the commodity chain in the political economy of digital memory from rare earth mine to laptop. I am a joint Editor of the journal Media, Culture and Society, and am on the boards of Memory Studies, and the Journal of the Philosophy of Photography.
As well as telling stories through my academic books, I tell stories through writing for performance. My plays disrupt conventional theatrical forms while developing public conversations around subjects that include incest and child sexual abuse, dictatorship and revolution, rape and domestic abuse, homelessness and the banking system, crime and punishment, sexuality, mental illness and care of the elderly, and the mainstreaming of violent pornography.
I co-founded the feminist theatre company Strip Search Theatre in 1987 and my plays Kiss Punch Goodnight, Want, Grandma's Garden, The Stoning, Hardcore, Falling, and RP35 have been performed in the UK, US, Ireland, Poland and India. Cacti Hearts part of a trilogy [Pre] Occupations addresses questions of land, occupation and memory and To My Dearest Daughter has been performed in the UK this year with Fuel Theatre,
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