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10am Welcome and Opening Comments. Dr. Susan Hodgett and Professor Rod Rhodes
10.15am Maarten Hajer, Professor of Urban Futures, University of Utrecht. From a “Walk in the Woods”
to the “Climate Crisis” : the Importance of understanding Politics as Drama.
11. 30am Coffee
11.45am Rens Van Munster, Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies.
“Staging World Politics: The Politics and Ideology of Documentary Film.”
1pm Lunch.
2pm Joe Kelleher, Professor of Theatre and Performance, Roehampton
University, “State of Play: on theatre and the political.”
3.15pm Coffee
3.30pm Discussion on going forward
4.30pm Close.

Speakers' Bios

Professor Maarten A. Hajer

Maarten A. Hajer (1962) is distinguished professor of Urban Futures at Utrecht University. Previously Hajer was Professor of Public Policy at the University of Amsterdam and Director-General of the PBL – Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Hajer holds MA degrees in Political Science and in Urban and Regional Planning (both University of Amsterdam) and got his D.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University. He is the author of over ten scholarly books, including The Politics of Environmental Discourse (Oxford UP, 1995), In Search of New Public Domain – Analysis and Strategy. (NAi Publishers, 2001, together with Arnold Reijndorp), Deliberative Policy Analysis (Cambridge UP, 2003, eds. with Hendrik Wagenaar), Strong Stories – How the Dutch Reinvent their Planning Practice (Nai/010, 2010, with Suzanne van‘t Klooster & Jantine Grijzen) and Authoritative Governance (Oxford UP, 2009). His most recent book is Smart about Cities – Visualizing the Challenge of 21st Century Urbanism (NAi/010, 2014), a critique of the prevalent discourse of smart cities and a call to connect urbanism to the challenges of re-urbanisation: the need to make green, socially inclusive cities. Hajer has many other functions. Currently he is Chief Curator of the 2016 International Architecture. Biennale Rotterdam (IABR cf. He is also a member of the UN International. Resource Panel (IRP) for whichhe chairs the working group on food and co-chairs the working group on cities.

Rens van Munster

Rens van Munster is Senior Researcher and Research Coordinator for Peace, Risk and Violence at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS). His research combines IR theory and critical security studies to interrogate practices of security and risk management, with a particular focus on the politics and governance of catastrophes. He has also worked on the relation between documentary film and world politics. His work has appeared in the European Journal of International Relations, International Studies Perspectives, Security Dialogue and Technology and Culture, as well as other journals. His most recent publications include the co-authored volume Nuclear Realism: Global Political Thought during the Thermonuclear Revolution (Routledge, 2016) and the co-edited volumes Documenting World Politics: A Critical Companion to IR and Non-Fiction Film (Routledge, 2015) and The Politics of Globality since 1945: Assembling the Planet (Routledge, 2016).

Professor Joe Kelleher

Joe Kelleher is Professor of Theatre and Performance at University of Roehampton, London. His books include TheIlluminated Theatre: Studies on the Suffering of Images (Routledge 2015) and Theatre & Politics (Palgrave Macmillan2009). He is co-author with Claudia and Romeo Castellucci, Chiara Giudi and Nicholas Ridout of The Theatre of Societas Raffaello Sanzio (Routledge 2007), and co-editor with Ridout of Theatres in Contemporary Europe (Routledge 2006). Recent essays appear in Stedelijk Studies (2016), Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd: Ecology, the Environment and the Greening of the Modern Stage, ed. Carl Lavery and Clare Finburgh (2015), and International Politics and Performance, ed. Jenny Edkins and Adrian Kear (Routledge 2013). His articles have appeared in journals such as Performance Research, Maska, Frakcija, and Theatre (Yale). He has been making performances with Eirini Kartsaki, including most recently How to Be a Fig (2014).

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Tuesday 28 June

SOAS London, Room 4429, floor 4

Dr. Susan Hodgett

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