Dr. Amanda Rogers (University of Swansea)

Dr Amanda Rogers is an Associate Professor in Human Geography and the Geohumanities at Swansea University, UK. She researches the geographies of performance and the performing arts, particularly theatre and dance. Her current work focuses on post-conflict performance cultures in South East Asia and their relationship to the re-production of nationality. She is particularly interested in contemporary Cambodian performance and how it expresses, and is embedded in, history, culture and identity. In 2020-2021 she will hold a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship on this topic. She also currently holds a British Academy-Leverhulme small grant examining the 1990 tour of the Cambodian National Dance Company to the U.K. particularly the idea that dancers were diplomats who placed an emerging Cambodian nation onto the geopolitical world stage.

Amanda’s previous research has focused on the transnational connections between Asian American, British East Asian and South East Asian theatres, examining how the politics of identity and migration affect creative practice. This work was published as a monograph in 2015 entitled Performing Asian Transnationalisms: Theatre, identity and the geographies of performance. She has previously held ESRC and British Academy postdoctoral fellowships and a British Academy-ASEASUK-ECAF fellowship. She is currently the research secretary of the Association of South East Asian Studies U.K. and sits on the board of Papertrail Theatre Company in Cardiff.

Amanda is the Principle Investigator of the Phase 2 Large Grant project ‘Contemporary Arts Making and Creative Expression Among Young Cambodians.

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