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Peter Eckersall
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: (212) 817-8876
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Degrees/Diplomas: MA Asian Studies, Monash University, Australia (1991), PhD in Japanese Studies (theatre), Monash University, Australia, (1999)
Major publications include: New Media Dramaturgy: Performance, Media New Materialism (co-authored with Helena Grehan and Edward Scheer, Palgrave 2016), Performativity and Event in 1960s Japan: City, Body, Memory (Palgrave 2013), Theatre and Performance in the Asia-Pacific: Regional Modernities in the Global Era (co-authored with Denise Varney, Barbara Hatley and Chris Hudson, Palgrave 2013),  Theorizing the Angura Space: avant-garde performance and politics in Japan 1960-2000 (Brill Academic, 2006).  He has published in journals such as TDR, Performance Research, Theatre Research International, Japanese Studies and Australasian Drama Studies. 

Peter is a specialist of Japanese Theatre and dramaturgy and contemporary performance. He is currently working an international research project: What do we value in the Performing Arts? An inquiry into theatre in the 21st century (Australian Research Council, 2016-18).  Peter is an Honorary Professional Fellow at the University of Melbourne.  He serves as the Vice President of Performance Studies international (PSi). He is co-founder and co-editor of Performance Paradigm and serves on editorial advisory boards including Performance Research and Museum Tusculanum Press (In Between States series).  He is an Associate Director of the Marvin Carlson Theatre Center (Shanghai Theatre Academy) and is co-conveyor of the Dramaturgy Initiative of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.  He is the resident dramaturg for the Melbourne based performance group Not Yet It’s Difficult.