CV & international cooperations
Dr. Koku G. Nonoa Research Area "Cultural Encounter - Cultural Conflicts", University of Innsbruck, Innrain 52d, A-6020 Innsbruck, Homepage: https://www.uibk.ac.at/fsp-kultur/personen/nonoa.html
Active research member in the Research Field "The Dynamics of Order(s)" of the Research Area "Cultural Encounters - Cultural Conflicts" Faculty of Language, Literature and Culture / University of Innsbruck
06/2018 Ph.D., Comparative Literature / Literature and Cultural Studies, University of Innsbruck
2014-2018 Study in Doctoral Programme Literature and Cultural Studies, University of Innsbruck. Thesis: "Gegenkulturelle Tendenzen im postdramatischen Theater" / University of Innsbruck (Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sebastian Donat & Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Birgit Mertz-Baumgartner).
2007-2008 Postgraduate Diploma in Pluridisciplinary Studies (Diplôme d'études approfondies pluridisciplinaires) / University of Lomé : Thesis "Vom epischen zum intermedialen Theater: Untersuchung an Bertolt Brechts Stück Der aufhaltsame Aufstieg des Arturo Ui" (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Adjaï Paulin Oloukpona-Yinnon).
2001-2006 Master in Intercultural German Studies at the University of Lomé/Togo; Thesis: "Die verlorene Menschlichkeit in Peter Weiss' Dokumentarstück Die Ermittlung: Dokumentartheater als wirklichkeitstreues Theater" / University of Lomé (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Adjaï Paulin Oloukpona-Yinnon).
EXPERTISE (COMBINING RESEARCH AND THEATER PRACTICE)
My main interests are in theatre and performing arts bridging between theory and practice. My passion is starting from theory and academic research and finding corresponding artistic and aesthetic methods for concrete theater practices. My analytical work focuses not only on the result but also on the process of performativity. This enables to experiment, observe, and understand how academic and epistemological insights can shape concrete issues of reality in an experimental "space in-between": In order to achieve this goal, I have developed a synergy of diverse workforces, knowledge from different disciplines, competences, and experiences through teamwork, co-research, co-creation, co-production and co-performance. This synergy enables the construction of the aesthetic space in-between where people can present, reflect and interpret in real time and space different situations with the possibility of taking action to transform those situations or to show options for other insights.
Particularly, I value research that has an interdisciplinary approach and enables the building of research networks inside and outside academia. For epistemological innovation and methodological creativity I seek to work with people from different socio-cultural backgrounds. (See "Mach Theater!" and "ZWEI ABENDE ÜBER DIE KUNST ANDERS ZU DENKEN" )
My research fields are: Theories and forms of "pre-dramatic", dramatic and post-dramatic theatre in Europa and Africa / Ritual, performativity and transculturality in contemporary theatre / African pre-colonial and ancient Greek ritual, religion and theatre / Theatre and migration / Performing arts, Theater Practice and Epistemology, Theater and Migration, Theater and Institutional Critique
07/2017-06/2018 University Assistant and teaching activities, Department of Language and Literature, Comparative Literature / University of Innsbruck.
04/2016 Co-planing and co-teaching, Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Innsbruck in the context of the programme of "Writer in Residence 2016".
2011-2013 University Assistant, Department of German Studies / University of Lomé.
2005-2010 Teaching activities: French and German as Foreign Language and Introduction into Informatics, Lomé in Grammar School, Lomé (Togo).
2002- 2005 Tourist guide and und coordinator of German speaking tourist guides for the travel Agency "Alba Travel Services" in Togo and Benin.
PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN THEATER
Realizations of artistic and
theatrical projects as actor/performer, stage director and theatre, production assistant [Link].
SCHOLARSHIPS & INTERNATIONAL CONNEXIONS
01 - 0/3 2016 & Marietta Blau Grant OEAD financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, 09/2016 - 05/2017 Research and Economy (BMWFW) for research stays at the Université du Luxembourg / Faculté des Lettres, des Sciences Humaines, des Arts et des Sciences de l'Education in the context of the project "Prozesse der Internationalisierung im Theater der Gegenwart" and at the Department of Drama and Film / Faculty of Arts , Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria/South Africa.
2013-2016 PhD scholarship of the University of Innsbruck.