M. Nicholas WEEKS
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Research Interest / Recherches
Nicholas holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Geneva, as well as a CAS in dramaturgy and textual performance from the University of Lausanne. His master’s thesis focused on kinesics, i.e. the expressive dynamics of gesture, in the early critical work and fiction of Samuel Beckett. His current PhD project, while pursuing a critical assessment of the Beckett canon, also engages the transmission of embodied knowledge in the practice and performance of contemporary plays by authors/directors from the postcolonial world. Nicholas also directs the workshops of the English Department Theatre Group at Geneva University.
“Le sens des gestes dans le théâtre d’Omar Porras : Vers un enchantement physique” In : MIMOS 2014 : Omar Porras. Joël Aguet, Anne Fournier, Paola Gilardi & Andreas Härter Eds. Bern : Peter Lang, 2014.
RECENT COLLOQUIUMS & RESEARCH BASED PRACTICE / CONFÉRENCES RÉCENTES
“A Poetics of Minutiae: Metaphorical Transformations in the Theatre of the Apartheid Era” – Theatre and Stratification, International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) World Congress, University of Warwick (UK), July 2014.
Participant in the World Knowledge Dialogue (WKD) Colloquium on "Bodies in Context: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Social Coordination", Villars-sur-Ollon, October 2013. http://www.wkdialogue.ch/
"The Dynamics of Embodied Gestures in the Theatre of Robert Wilson" – Interdisciplinary Network Conference on Performance, Oxford (UK), Mansfield College, September 2013. http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Nweeks_dpaper.pdf
"Making the Body All Eyes", Theatre workshop by Prof. Phillip Zarrilli, Wales (UK), July 2013. http://www.phillipzarrilli.com/trainapp/index.html
RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS / BOURSES DE RECHERCHE
August 2011 – Full Scholarship from the Swiss Embassy in Ireland for the Dublin James Joyce Summer School.