Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Will community-based theatre survive AIDS?

26 November 2008 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm | Seminar

LUCAS Room, 11.13, Social Sciences Building

Leeds University Centre for African Studies Seminar – Autumn 2008 Series

Speaker: Dr Ola Johansson

Everyone is welcome

Enquiries: african-studies@leeds.ac.uk

Dr Ola Johansson is Research Associate at Stockholm University, Sweden (project 'AIDS and the Art of Survival: Community Based Theatre as HIV Prevention in Tanzania'’) and Lecturer in Performance Studies at Lancaster University (UK). His fieldworks in Africa involve ethnographic and epidemiological studies along with performance analysis in rural parts of East Africa. He also teaches applied theatre with linked outreach projects in educational settings, prison facilities, workplaces etc.


  • Monograph:  'Performance and Philosophy: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Performing Arts', Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Aktiengesellschaft & Co., 2008
  • 'The Lives and Deaths of Zakia: How AIDS changed African Community Theatre and vice versa' in Theatre Research International, Vol. 32, Cambridge University Press, 2007
  • 'Eschatological Field Notes: Community Theatre, AIDS, and the Fate of Informant D. in Ilemera, Tanzania' in Nordic Theatre Studies, No. 19, 2007
  • 'Performative Interventions: African Community Theatre in the Age of AIDS' in Ritual and Event: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Franko, Mark (ed.), London and New York: Routledge, 2006.
  • Monograph: 'Community Performance and AIDS in Tanzania' to be published by Palgrave Macmillan (eds. Janelle Reinelt and Brian Singleton) in 2009.

Location Details

Room 11.13 is on level 11 (the first floor) of the Social Sciences Building.

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