Staging Exile, Migration and Diaspora in Hispanic Theatre and Performance Cultures

Project start date: 2007-11 Project end date: 2010-03
The project focuses on Spanish Republican Exile (SRE) theatre and performance, aiming to recover, represent and help to preserve the full range of representation of the experience of exile in theatrical and performance texts and paratexts (histories, memoirs, reviews, criticism, photographs and audiovisual recordings), by contributing to the creation, updating and maintenance of the Centre for the Study of Hispanic Exile's bibliographical database and stand-alone web resource on SRE, and by bringing together key researchers on Spanish Exile Theatre and Performance in a series of panels within the conference on 'Geographies of Exile' to be held at the University of Birmingham in 2008, in order to publish an edited volume on 'Stages of Exile'. The Exile Remains database was created as part of a British-Academy project led by Professor Francis Lough, to provide an open access interactive searchable resource on Spanish Republican Exile culture. Researchers working on the 'Staging Exile' project have contributed entries on the biographies, works, reception and trajectories of 80+ dramatists, musicians and practitioners, including time-lines, google maps, full bibliographical data and records of performances.
Methods usedCategory
Audio interaction (asynchronous)Communication and collaboration
Coding and standardisationData structuring and enhancement
General website developmentData publishing and dissemination
Image manipulationPractice-led research
Interface designData publishing and dissemination
Manual input and transcriptionData capture
Resource sharingData publishing and dissemination
Searching and queryingData analysis
Server scriptingData publishing and dissemination
Spatial data analysisData analysis
Text encoding - descriptiveData structuring and enhancement
Text encoding - presentationalData structuring and enhancement
Textual interaction (asynchronous)Communication and collaboration
Use of existing digital dataData capture
VisualisationData analysis
Web browser scriptingData publishing and dissemination
Funding sources: 
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Content types created: 
Software tools used: 
Source material used:  
The database draws on a wider variety of sources on Spanish Republican exile theatre and performance, including edited volumes, histories, journals, dissertations, memoirs and archives and records of works and performances.
Digital resource created:  
A bibliographic database of theatrical and performance texts and paratexts (histories, memoirs, reviews, criticism, photographs) relating to exiled Spanish Republicans from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries.
Access to digital resource:  
Open Access
Data Formats created: 
Helena Buffery, "Ecologias del exilio: paisaje, identidad y representacion en el teatro del exilio republicano. In El exilio: debate para la historia y la cultura, ed. José Angel Ascunce. Donostia: Saturraran, 2008, 135-148.

Helena Buffery, "Representar la Tierra Cautiva: un 'encuentro' con la obra de José García Lora." In Exilio y Artes escénicas, eds. I. Beti Sáez and Mari Karmen Gil Fombellida. Donostia: Saturraran, 2009, 265-85.

Helena Buffery, "José García Lora and The Captive Land." Estreno XXXVI.1 (2010), 30-43.

Helena Buffery, "Les altres catalanes: Language, identity and otherness on the Contemporary Catalan Stage." Catalan Review 23 (2010).

Helena Buffery, "'En un lugar llamado Mexico': compromiso local y recepcion transnacional en la obra de Maruxa Vilalta." Proceedings of December 2009 conference on El Exilio de Segunda Generación. Bellaterra: Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, 2010 (in press).

Helena Buffery (ed.), Stages of Exile. Peter Lang: 2010 (in press).

Helena Buffery, Francis Lough, Elisenda Marcer, Antonio Sanchez (eds), Spanish Republican Exile Geographies. Proceedings of September 2008 conference. University of Birmingham, 2010.

Samuel Llano, "Roberto Gerhard and Music Criticism in Britain: exile, avant-garde, and cold-war aesthetics." In Musical Modernism in Spain: discourses, representations and ideology, ed. Teresa Cascudo. Editorial DobleJ, 2010.

Helena Buffery, "Contemporary Catalan Theatre and Identity: the Haunted Mirrors of Catalan Directors' Shakespeares." In Theatre, Performance and Identity in Small Nations, ed. Steve Blandford. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2011. (Submitted and accepted for publication).

Helena Buffery, "Colonialism, Exile and the Americas." In The Cambridge History of Spanish Theatre, eds. Maria Delgado and David Gies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011 (submitted and accepted for publication)

Helena Buffery, "Spectres of Hamlet in Spanish Republican Exile Writing." In Hamlet in Europe, eds. Gerrit-Jan Berendse and Ruth Owen. (Accepted for publication).

Samuel Llano, "Roberto Gerhard's Romeo and Juliet (1947) and the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre." In Proceedings of the First International Roberto Gerhard Conference. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield, 2010.

Institutions affiliated with this project: 

UK HE institutions involved:
University of Birmingham

Project staff and expertise: 

Principal staff member:Dr Helena Buffery
Other staff:PhD student(s), Postdoctoral researcher(s) / Research assistant(s)
External expertise:

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Author(s) of recordHelena Buffery
TitleStaging Exile, Migration and Diaspora in Hispanic Theatre and Performance Cultures
Record created2010-07-20
Record updated2011-05-10 11:42
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