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Emilia Weber


UCL Department of Geography
University College London
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My doctoral project, provisionally titled ‘Performances of Politics, Power and Resistance in the UK’ mobilises performance studies to analyse the spatial politics of state-sponsored ceremony and citizen-led protest in the UK. Drawing on a range of literatures and on qualitative ethnographic methods, this project traces the spatial dynamics of protest and ceremony via three events: the community-led reopening of Northern Ireland border roads in 1994, the Liverpool Dockers’ Anniversary Demonstration 1996, and via public performances by the Red Arrows in 2019. The project’s contention is that addressing the relationship between politics and performance will cross disciplinary boundaries to provide new ways to expose the hegemony of political representation in state ceremonies, and to disclose the emancipatory potential of new social spaces produced via protest.

Primary supervisor: Dr Tariq Jazeel
Secondary supervisor: Dr Andrew Harris


Biography and Qualifications

Before starting my doctoral studies I completed an MA (Hons) in English Literature and Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow, where I graduated with First Class Honours in 2011. I then went on to work with theatre company Untitled Projects where I was assistant director and researcher on a number of large-scale experimental performances that have been shown by the Barbican, The National Theatre of Scotland and at the Edinburgh International Festival, among others. Alongside my work with Untitled Projects I developed a performance and film lecture There They Carved a Space that examined the relationship between landscape, politics and memory. Between 2013 and 2016 I successfully toured this piece to theatres and conferences throughout the UK and it is the subject of a forthcoming book chapter by Dr Edwina Attlee. In 2016 I was awarded an ESRC 1+3 studentship to study for an MSc in Urban Studies at UCL followed by a PhD in the department of Geography. My MSc dissertation titled ‘Bloody Sunday: Memory, Performance and Place’ drew on literatures from performance studies, geography and memory studies to examine the commemorative afterlives of Bloody Sunday, it was awarded a distinction and the Frank Carter Postgraduate Dissertation Prize.


PhD in Geography, UCL, (ESRC funded) 2017-
MSc (Distinction) in Urban Studies, UCL, (ESRC funded) 2016-2017
MA Hons (First Class) in Theatre Studies and English Literature, University of Glasgow 2007-2011
Foundation Course in Art and Design, Central St. Martins School of Art and Design 2006-2007


2016-2020: MSc and PhD studentship, Economic and Social Research Council
2019: UCL Grand Challenges Doctoral Students' Grant for Cross-Faculty Partnerships, UCL
2019: The Bill Mead Travel Fund, Department of Geography, UCL
2017: The Frank Carter Postgraduate Dissertation Prize, Department of Geography, UCL
2017: Dean’s List for Academic Excellence, Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, UCL
2014: Platform 18 Award shortlisting for There They Carved a Space
2013: Assistant Director Bursary, Federation of Scottish Theatre
2011: The Alexander Waddel Prize for Most Distinguished Woman Student in English Literature, University of Glasgow
2011: The Alastair Buchan Prize, University of Glasgow
2007-2011: The Talent Scholarship Award, University of Glasgow


Affiliations and Memberships

Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
TaPRA Theatre and Performance Research Association
Untitled Projects Advisory Group


Conferences and Presentations

'Theatre of War: The UK Air Show.' Between Myth and Memory: Contemporary Politics and the Performance of History, University of Surrey, 25 April 2019.

‘Bloody Sunday: Memories as Protest.’ Action: Arrest. Performance, Protest and the Law Symposium, Kings College London, 29 September 2018.

‘Bloody Sunday: Performing Memory and Place.’ Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) 2018 Conference, Cardiff University, 28-31 August 2018.

‘Bloody Sunday: Performing Memories against the State.’ Theatricality, Performance and the State Conference, Queen Mary, University of London, 7-8 June 2018.



2020 Postgraduate teaching assistant, UCL, GEOG0028: Urban Geography. Course Convenor: Alan Latham.
2020 Postgraduate teaching assistant, UCL, GEOG0029: Cultural and Historical Geography. Course Convenors: Caroline Bressey and James Kneale.
2020 Postgraduate teaching assistant, UCL, GEOG0056: Geopolitical Events. Course Convenors: Alan Ingram and Andrew Barry.
2019 Postgraduate teaching assistant, UCL, GEOG0025: Political Geography and Geopolitics. Course Convenor: Alan Ingram.
2019 Postgraduate teaching assistant, UCL, GEOG0136: Cities, Space and Power. Course Convenor: Pushpa Arabindoo.
2019 Postgraduate teaching assistant, UCL, GEOG0063: Overseas Fieldclass - Gibraltar. Course Convenor: Jason Dittmer.
2019 Postgraduate teaching assistant, UCL, URBNG006: Urban Practices. Course Convenor: Andrew Harris.
2017-19 Postgraduate teaching assistant, UCL, GEOG0032: Glasgow Field Class. Course Convenors: Tariq Jazeel and James Kneale.