Global Theatre Histories

Breadcrumb Navigation


Lecture by Dr. Des. Rashna Darius Nicholson (TWM Forschungskolloquium)

The Impact of Foreign Funding on Theatre


Lecture by Dr. Des. Rashna Darius Nicholson (Postdoc by ERC-Project "Developing Theatre")

"The Impact of Foreign Funding on Theatre"

As part of the TWM Forschungskolloquiums

Time: Mittwoch, 06. Juni 2018, 12:15 – 14:00 Uhr (s.t.)
At the "Institut für Theaterwissenschaft" Georgenstraße 11, Raum 109

This presentation offers an outline of the impact of foreign funding on theatre with additional examples from the visual arts and music in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Since the 1980s, international aid has had a significant influence on the expansion of the Palestinian cultural sector. By deploying arts as tools for development through projects based on social inclusion, democracy building, gender equality and youth activities, international donor agencies propelled the ‘NGOization’ of Palestinian culture. By tracing this development through the differential influence of three organizations: SIDA (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), NORAD (the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) and the European Union, the paper delineates the impact of overseas aid on the economic stability and social acceptance of the Palestinian cultural sector as a whole.

Rashna Darius Nicholson is a postdoctoral fellow at the ERC-Project "Developing Theatre", LMU Munich. She has recently published in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Theatre Research International and Ethnic and Racial Studies. Her interests include early modern and modern Asian and Middle Eastern performative traditions, world literature, fascism, religious reformations and the globalization of opera.