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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rossella Ferrari

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I am a Professor of Chinese Studies in the Department of East Asian Studies. I hold a BA and MA (Laurea summa cum laude) from the University of Venice and an MA and PhD from SOAS University of London, where I taught before joining the University of Vienna. I specialize in the performance cultures of the Chinese-speaking world. In "Pop Goes the Avant-garde: Experimental Theatre in Contemporary China" (2012), I propose the concept of “pop avant-garde” to understand aesthetic and power relationships between performance, politics, and economics in postsocialist China. Research on Hong Kong’s collective, Zuni Icosahedron, has led me to explore connections between theatre and other disciplines (e.g. film, architecture, visual arts) and to think through the idea of what I call “Xiqu 2.0”, namely, how classical performance genres interact with new techniques and technologies. I have drawn on Asia-focused methodologies to formulate the notion of “Asian theatre as method”, which wishes to destabilize Western-centred approaches to intercultural analysis while investigating processes of informal reconciliation through the arts. My third monograph, "Transnational Chinese Theatres: Intercultural Performance Networks in East Asia" (2020), explores transnational performance networks in the contemporary Sinosphere and across East Asia to see how contested historical memories and socio-political conflicts have been tackled collectively and comparatively through intercultural collaboration. Another book, "Asian City Crossings: Pathways of Performance Through Hong Kong and Singapore" (2021, co-edited with Ashley Thorpe) proposes the notion of “city as method” to look at city-to-city networks centred on Hong Kong and Singapore. I have also researched strategies of intertextuality and adaptation between Chinese, Asian, and global performance cultures (e.g. Latin America), and I am currently working on a new long-term project on “performing postsocialism" in 21st century China.

Wintersemester 2020
150024 PS MA - Proseminar LK (Literatur und Kultur) (M2) - Performance, Politics, and Pop: Avant-garde Theatre in Contemporary China
150063 SE Literatur und Kultur (M7) - Cinema and Nation: China on Screen
Ferrari, R., & Thorpe, A. (Hrsg.) (2021). Asian City Crossings: Pathways of Performance through Hong Kong and Singapore. (1 Aufl.) Routledge. Routledge Advances in Theatre and Performance Studies

Ferrari, R., & Thorpe, A. (2021). Introduction. Mapping the Terrain: Hong Kong, Singapore, and the City as Method. in R. Ferrari, & A. Thorpe (Hrsg.), Asian City Crossings: Pathways of Performance through Hong Kong and Singapore (1 Aufl.). Routledge. Routledge Advances in Theatre and Performance Studies

Ferrari, R., & Thorpe, A. (2021). Postscript: Asian City Crossings as a Strategy for Freedom? in R. Ferrari, & A. Thorpe (Hrsg.), Asian City Crossings: Pathways of Performance through Hong Kong and Singapore (1 Aufl.). Routledge. Routledge Advances in Theatre and Performance Studies

Ferrari, R., (TRANS.), & Yung 榮念曾, D. (2021). 交流的文化與文化的交流. in R. Ferrari, & A. Thorpe (Hrsg.), Asian City Crossings: Pathways of Performance through Hong Kong and Singapore Routledge. Routledge Advances in Theatre and Performance Studies




Ferrari, R. (Autor*in). (2020). Contemporary avant-garde theatre: Meng Jinghui: (MCLC Video Lecture Series). Multimediale Veröffentlichung, MCLC (Modern Chinese Literature and Culture) Resource Centre. https://u.osu.edu/mclc/video-lecture-series/





Ferrari, R. (2019). Asian Theatricalities in the Transpacific: The Hispanophone Transculturation of Nick Rongjun Yu's "The Crowd" or, Performing the Chinese Cultural Revolution in Peru. in J. De Kloet, G. P. L. Chong, & Y. F. Chow (Hrsg.), Trans-Asia as Method: Theory and Practices (S. 115-139). Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.. Asian Cultural Studies: Transnational and Dialogic Approaches

Ferrari, R. (Interviewpartner*in). (2019). Asian Theatre as Method (podcast). Multimediale Veröffentlichung, SOAS - University of London.



Ferrari, R. (2017). London/Hong Kong Culture Belt-Road City Report. in Z. I. (Hrsg.), Hong Kong Belt-Road City-to-City Cultural Exchange Conference 2017 City Reports (S. 57–60). E+E Zuni Icosahedron. https://issuu.com/zuni_icosahedron/docs/city_reports


Ferrari, R. (2016). Contemporary Experimental Theaters in the PRC, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. in K. A. Denton (Hrsg.), The Columbia Companion to Modern Chinese Literature Columbia University Press.


La rivoluzione maoista in Perù tra rievocazione politica e rappresentazione teatrale

Rossella Ferrari (Vortragende*r)

27 Mai 2021

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Transnationalism, Interculturalism and “Asian Theatre as Method”

Rossella Ferrari (Vortragende*r)

21 Mai 2021

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Transnational Chinese Theatres and People’s Theatre Networks in East Asia

Rossella Ferrari (Vortragende*r)

3 Mai 2021

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Accademia Teatro alla Scala, Milano

Rossella Ferrari (Invited speaker)

Mai 2021

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Transnational Chinese Theatres: Aesthetics, Politics, Methods

Rossella Ferrari (Vortragende*r)

18 Mär 2021

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Performing Chinese Postsocialism: Hauntology, Futurity, and Theatre of the Real

Rossella Ferrari (Vortragende*r)

20 Jan 2021

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“Rethinking Chinese Theatres: Inter- and Trans-Asian Perspectives”

Rossella Ferrari (Invited speaker)

27 Feb 2020

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Trans-Asia as Method: Performing the Chinese Cultural Revolution in Latin America (webinar)

Rossella Ferrari (Vortragende*r)

2020

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Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften

Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2 (Campus)
1090 Wien
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rossella.ferrari@univie.ac.at