Dr Michael Bachmann
- Senior Lecturer (Theatre, Film & Television Studies)
I joined Theatre Studies at Glasgow in January 2015. Before coming to Scotland, I was Junior Professor for Theatre and Comparative Media Studies at the University of Mainz, Germany (2010-2014). I have also taught theatre and performance studies at the Universities of Cologne, Berne and Vienna. In Berne I was a Visiting Scholar at what is now the Walter Benjamin Kolleg for interdisciplinary studies (2009). At Vienna, I held a Visiting Professorship for the Historiography and Theory of Theatre (2011). My PhD is in Performance and Media Studies (Mainz).
I am a theatre and media historian, with a focus on the nineteenth and twentieth century and on contemporary European performance. My approach to theatre and performance studies is interdisciplinary and comparative. I am specifically interested in cross-media dramaturgies as well as in the relationship of theatre and performance to other art forms and institutions (including radio, film, literature, museums/archives, legal discourse and the digital).
My first book – Der abwesende Zeuge (2010) – was on witnessing and Holocaust representation, analysing testimony as a performative rather than representational mode of discourse in literature, film, radio plays, comics and theatre. My second book, forthcoming in 2021, is on dramaturgies of interiority since the 1800s. It looks at how the notion of inwardness became a central feature of defining the European subject and how this has shaped – and in turn was shaped by – dramaturgical conventions across a variety of media.
Other research interests include radio drama/sound art, puppet and object theatre, digital performance and museum/archival studies, and I have published widely in these fields. For more information see the list of publications.
- LTDF, ‘Performing the Archive’ (with Moira Rankin), £18,897 (2020-21)
- DAAD, International PhD programme ‘Concepts of Holiness: Re-Thinking the Religious in Theatre, Cultural Performance and Media’ (with Friedemann Kreuder), €76.800 (2013-14)
- DAAD, International PhD programme ‘The Presence of the Past: European Cultures of Memory’ (with Friedemann Kreuder and Peter Marx), €98.211 (2010-12)
- DFG, Major conference funding ‘Theatre and the Making of Subjects’ (with Friedemann Kreuder), €10,600 (2010)
- DAAD, Summer School ‘Performance and Media Studies’ (with Friedemann Kreuder), €24.500 (2008)
I welcome applications for PhD and MRes projects related to my areas of research. See Research Interests and Publications for further details. Current PhD students include:
- Capaldi, Eleanor
To what extent can the use of digitised images of artwork facilitate polyvocality of interpretation online?
- Lapid Mashall, Kfir
Introducing “Judicial Theatre” as the Performance of Theatrical Mock Trials
- Roe, Mimi
Korean Cultural Identity Formation and its Interaction...
- Yalcin, Gonca
‘Practicing Alternative Historiographies: Contemporary Material Performance Practices in Turkey, Lebanon and Iran’
- Zhang, Ziyu
Silence in Radio Drama and The Case Studies of Harold Pinter
I have supervised 12 PhDs to completion, including on live art, human rights and refugee performance, nineteenth century stage magic, urban scenographies, documentary theatre, theatre and law, cinema and perception, dramaturgies of utopia, and visual aspects of musical theatre.
In addition, I have examined over 20 PhDs nationally and internationally.
I currently teach on a wide number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including:
- Theatre & Society (L1): lectures on race and performance, French theatre, and interculturalism
- Theatre History (L2): lectures on postcolonial dramaturgies, race in theatre history, and commedia dell’arte
- Honours options on ‘Exhibiting Cultures’, ‘Arts Criticism’ and ‘Interwar Cultures’
- MLitt core courses in ‘Debating Dramaturgy’ and ‘Contemporary Dramaturgical Practices’
- Undergrad dissertations and Independent Research Projects (MLitt)
Past courses include:
- The Theatres of Orson Welles: Directing Across Media
- Theatre and Radio
- Documentary Strategies in Theatre and Film
- Ethics in Contemporary Performance
- Dream Plays around 1900
- Best Teacher in the College of Arts, SRC, University of Glasgow (2015-16); nominated again in 2019-20
- Research Award for Best PhD, University of Mainz (2009)
- Charles Davis Award for Outstanding Postgraduate Presentation, Rocky Mountain MLA, Calgary (2008)
- Board Member, The Work Room (since 2018)
- Member, AHRC Peer Review College (since 2017)
- Member, ESF College of Expert Reviewers (European Science Foundation, since 2019)
- Expert reviewer for the Swiss National Foundation (SNF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Israeli Science Foundation
Conference Organisation (selected)
- Game On: Dramaturgy and Digital Culture (with Benjamin Beil and Sascha Förster), University of Cologne / University of Glasgow, 2016
- HardWired IV: Heavy Metal and Theatricality (with Thorsten Hindrichs), University of Mainz, 2014
- Theatre and the Making of Subjects, 10th annual congress of the German Society for Theatre Studies (GTW) (with Friedemann Kreuder), University of Mainz, 2010
Invited Talks and Keynotes (selected)
I present regularly at national and international conferences and have given over 60 invited talks and keynotes, including:
- The Scandal of Repetition: Hate Speech in Court and on Stage. DFG Special Research Area (SFB) ‘Law and Literature’, University of Münster (September 2020)
- Radio Drama and the ‘Cultural Formation’ of Interiority. Coffee and Concepts, University of Washington (May 2020)
- Distributed Aesthetics, Contemporary Criticism and the Public Sphere. Research Seminar, Edinburgh College of Art (Oct 2016)
- Playing Indian, Acting American: Transnationalism and the Melodramatic Imagination. DFG Research Network ‘Performance Studies in Transnational American Studies’, University of Regensburg (July 2015)
- Divine Strings? The Ethical Space of Puppet Theatre. DAAD Summer School ‘Concepts of Holiness’, University of Mainz (July 2014)
- Scenes of Memory: On the Theatrical Representation of Camp and Ghetto. Research seminar, Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture, Leipzig (April 2014)