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I joined LSBU in 2012, where I am Associate Professor of Performance Studies in the School of Arts and Creative Industries, and the School’s Director of Postgraduate Research. I work on performance and migration as researcher and performance practitioner. I am predominantly interested in the relationship between performance, politics of migration and environmental cultural studies. At LSBU, I am Course Director of the MA in Creative Performance Practice. My approach to teaching, research and work priorities and ethos that is collaborative and feminist.
My main research interest is the relationship between performance, migration and environmental issues. I have published widely on the issues of belonging, the female body, the border and intergenerational trauma. I retrospectively and selectively write about events that stem from, or are made possible by, being part of a particular cultural identity. My academic work is rooted in my lived experience and I often use auto-ethnography and practice as research methodologies as part of my writing and teaching.
Co-Creation: I recently finished the project ‘Finding Home’ (2018-2020), an interdisciplinary research creation project in which international collaboration and knowledge exchange are critical in answering its research questions. As a team of scholars from Canada,UK and Australia – countries with the some of the strictest migration policies in the world – we came together to explore how local practices can generate a wider cross border discussion on notion of home. The project is quite unique in that it involves researchers, community based partner organizations, and artists working together. This means that all the project participants are engaged in the knowledge mobilization from the very beginning. We are driven by the following question: How can the practice as research approach to migration and artmaking enhance, contradict, complement, or reinvent the official process of crossing a border, home-making, and striving for citizenship?
For over a decade, I am working on researching maternal performance and children in performance. In relation to motherhood, I co-edited, with Valerie Walkerdine, The Maternal in Creative Work: Intergenerational Discussions on Motherhood and Art, Routledge, 2020.
This edited collection is a result of two international conferences I co-organised:
• Motherhood and Creative Practice, held at LSBU in June 2015 and
• Gender Generation, co-hosted between Royal College of Art and LSBU in September 2016.
Practice as research: In the past several years I've developed practice-led research in migration, displacement and art. My most recent practice as research project is the digital conversation piece ‘Third nature’ (2020) commissioned by performing borders and Live Art Development Agency. The Third Nature digital conversation commission, consists of a film and the ongoing digital discussion board that you can access through this link. Third Nature is an open-ended series of digital discussions: a riot of short reflections on lived, precarious, migrant experience patched onto bigger discussions on feminism and care. Our approach to the project felt borderless – without boundaries, In a creatively nurturing way.
Acting and Performance - BA (Hons)
Curating Art and Public Programmes - MA
Arts and Creative Industries - PhD
Arts and Creative Industries - MRes
Creative Performance Practice - MA
Postgraduate Research Supervision
|Mx D'Bi Young Anitafrika||Ubuntu! Decolonial Performance Praxis by Black Womxn in Theatre a Black-Queer-Feminist Critical (Auto)ethnography||PhD|
|Miss Lynn Adhiambo Obath||What If We Were Trees: Developing Orality as Decolonial Practice & Method||PhD|
|Ms Teodora Sinziana Fartan||Doctoral Research Project||PhD|
|Mx Metra Saberova||Presenting body art and rejection of procreation as a critique of womanhood||PhD|
|Mr Wayne Steven Jackson||Remembering Hull: Performing Autobiographical Memory as a Strategy for Place Making||PhD|
|Ms Kristina Nilles||Evaluating beyond the metrics: understanding the value of participatory arts through plurality of voice||PhD|
Awarded in the last 5 years
|Ms Georgia Kolokythopoulou||Audience-generated traces: audience experience in performance documentation||PhD|
University of Northampton
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Higher Education Academy
|A New Direction||2022||Powerful Partnerships Research Programme||Principal Investigator|
|The Daphne Jackson Trust||2022||Making Mothers||Principal Investigator|
|Lambeth Council||2020||ELEVATE Impact Study||Principal Investigator|
|Fulbright Commission||2018||RC305_ACI_EMarchevska_BenjGerdes||Principal Investigator|
|Lyric Hammersmith||2018||PGR_015_ACI_Stu_Lyric_Hammersmith||Principal Investigator|
|European Commission (H2020)||2017||Elena Marchevska_HOUSREG||Principal Investigator|
|Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council||2018||Finding Home: Housing, Migration and Research Creation||Principal Investigator|
I am an academic liaison for the course MA Creative Performance Practice.
I advice and monitor the evaluation process on Lambeth Council's project ELEVATE (2019-2021), which aimes to open up creative industries professions in the Borough to underrepresented groups (BAME, women, disabled, low socio-economic backgrounds).
Marchevska, E. (2023). North Macedonia. in: Remshardt and Mancewicz (ed.) Routledge Companion to Contemporary European Theatre and Performance Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group).
Review: Avatars, Activism and Postdigital Performance: precarious intermedial identities
Marchevska, E. (2023). Review: Avatars, Activism and Postdigital Performance: precarious intermedial identities. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. https://doi.org/10.1080/14794713.2023.2213018
Reframing migrant narratives through arts practice
Marchevska, E. and Defin, C. (2023). Reframing migrant narratives through arts practice . Arts. 12 (2), p. 58. https://doi.org/10.3390/arts12020058
There Are Other Worlds: Maternal knowledge beyond borders
Marchevska, E. (2022). There Are Other Worlds: Maternal knowledge beyond borders. in: Underwood-Lee, E. and Šimić, L. (ed.) Mothering Performance: Maternal Action London Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group). pp. 67-80
Creative acts of citizenship: Performance of activist citizenship by migrant artists
Marchevska, E. (2022). Creative acts of citizenship: Performance of activist citizenship by migrant artists. in: Czajka, A. and O'Brien, A. (ed.) Art, Migration and the Production of Democratic Citizenship Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
Third Nature Embodiment of borders and thinking beyond: Surviving despite capitalism
Marchevska, E. and Defrin, C. (2021). Third Nature Embodiment of borders and thinking beyond: Surviving despite capitalism. Journal of Dance & Somatic practices. 13 (1). https://doi.org/10.1386/jdsp_00037_1
Finding Home Catalogue
Marchevska, E., Defrin, C., Hussain, N., Bociurkiw, M., Mwashokera, F., Manzur, A., Leanette, C., Amir, N. and Gardner, J. (2021). Finding Home Catalogue . Toronto Ryerson University . https://doi.org/10.18744/lsbu.8y0xw
Interview with Elena Marchevska
Marchevska, E., Šimić, L. and Underwood-Lee, E. (2020). Interview with Elena Marchevska.
Marchevska, E. (2020). Third Nature.
The Maternal in Creative Work Intergenerational Discussions on Motherhood and Art
Marchevska, E. Marchevska, E. and Walkerdine, V. (ed.) (2019). The Maternal in Creative Work Intergenerational Discussions on Motherhood and Art. London Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group).
Digital Bodies: Creativity and Technology in the Arts and Humanities
Marchevska, E. (2019). Digital Bodies: Creativity and Technology in the Arts and Humanities. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. pp. 375-376. https://doi.org/10.1080/14794713.2019.1667732
Crossing of Hostile Borders
Marchevska, E (2017). Crossing of Hostile Borders. in: Migrations: Literary and Linguistic Aspects. Cambridge Peter Lang.
The Personal is Political: How Polish women negotiate the price of migration
Hawkins, M. and Marchevska, E. (2018). The Personal is Political: How Polish women negotiate the price of migration.
How to talk about gender equality with a 9 year old: Performing feminist values for children
Marchevska, E (2018). How to talk about gender equality with a 9 year old: Performing feminist values for children. Performance Research: a journal of the performing arts. 23 (1), pp. 102-108. https://doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2018.1460456
Performing the Present, Saving the Future: Digital Media Presence in the Work of Raspeani Skopjani
Marchevska, E (2017). Performing the Present, Saving the Future: Digital Media Presence in the Work of Raspeani Skopjani. Contemporary Theatre Review. 27 (2), pp. 391-397. https://doi.org/10.1080/10486801.2017.1343240
Fluidity and friendship: the choir that surprised the city
Marchevska, E (2017). Fluidity and friendship: the choir that surprised the city. Contemporary Theatre Review. 27 (3).
The Study Room Guide on The Displaced and Privilege: Live Art in Age of Hostility
Marchevska, E (2017). The Study Room Guide on The Displaced and Privilege: Live Art in Age of Hostility. London Live Art Development Agency.
Belonging and absence: resisting the division
Marchevska, E (2017). Belonging and absence: resisting the division. in: Rudakoff, J (ed.) Performing Exile: Foreign Bodies Intellect.
Performing Everyday Maternal Practice: Activist Structures in Creative Work [Editorial]
Marchevska, E and Walkerdine, V (2016). Performing Everyday Maternal Practice: Activist Structures in Creative Work [Editorial]. Studies in the Maternal. 8 (2), pp. 1-4. https://doi.org/10.16995/sim.236
Performing everyday maternal practice: Activist structures in creative work
Marchevska, E (2016). Performing everyday maternal practice: Activist structures in creative work. Studies in the Maternal. 8 (2), pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.16995/sim.235
Living in a Terminal
Marchevska, E (2016). Living in a Terminal. in: Santamaria, N (ed.) De fronteres i arts escèniques Lleida, Spain Punctum. pp. 307-317
Performing Inequality: Feminist performative acts as protest gestures
Marchevska, E (2016). Performing Inequality: Feminist performative acts as protest gestures. Journal of Arts and Communities. 8 (1-2). https://doi.org/10.1386/jaac.8.1-2.107_1
The Place where We were Last Together: Encountering the Border from Within
Marchevska, E (2016). The Place where We were Last Together: Encountering the Border from Within. Studies in the Maternal. 8 (1), pp. 1 - 22. https://doi.org/10.16995/sim.210
Borders with/in the mother
Marchevska, E (2016). Borders with/in the mother. M/other Voices. 2016.
Solidarity and self-organisation as generators of change: The role of self-organised art initiatives in Macedonia
Marchevska, E (2015). Solidarity and self-organisation as generators of change: The role of self-organised art initiatives in Macedonia. Open Engagement [blog].
Technologies of Change: Body Coded in Motion
Marchevska, E (2010). Technologies of Change: Body Coded in Motion. eSharp.