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Dr Jonathan W Marshall

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6129, Mobile: 61402015523, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML3298
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6129
Mobile: 61402015523
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML3298  


Jonathan is a Senior Lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and liaises with the Dean of Research to oversee applications and administration of candidature to postgraduate study. Jonathan also teaches into postgraduate units, supervises Masters and PhD candidates, and is a researcher active in several fields.

Current teaching

  • MAP5116 - Art Issues


Dr Jonathan W. Marshall is an interdisciplinary scholar with a background in history. In January 2016, he moved from the University of Otago in New Zealand, to return to the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, where he had previously been a postdoctoral fellow, 2004 – 2008. Jonathan is now the Coordinator of Research, Higher Degrees and Creative Practice, at WAAPA. Marshall has published a hauntological/Derridean analysis of butoh and European Modernism (“TDR,” Vol. 57, Issue 4, 2013), on landscape, performance and photography (“Double Dialogues,” 2011), and other topics. His monograph on the work of late 19th century neurologist and “theatrical” presenter J.-M. Charcot is due to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016.

Professional associations

  • 2016 - Decibel New Music Management Committee
  • 2009 - 2015 - Board of Trustees of the Blue Oyster Project Arts Space

Awards and recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  •  2008 - Faculty of Education and Arts award for “building bridges” between schools and staff, Edith Cowan University

National and International Research Positions

  • 2014 - Runner up, Marlis Thiersch prize for excellence in theatre research, Australasian Drama Studies Association

Research areas and interests

Jonathan is an interdisciplinary scholar with a background in history, performance and art criticism. He has published extensively in diverse areas ranging from butoh dance to contemporary photomedia, sound art to Brechtian theatre, cultural modernism and relations between neuroscience and art.


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Arts, The University of Melbourne, 2003.
  • Master of Arts in History, The University of Melbourne, 1999.
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History, The University of Melbourne, 1995.
  • Bachelor of Arts: History, The University of Melbourne, 1995.


Recent Research Grants

  • Curating the Performing Arts: Improvisation as a mechanism to engage diverse and local communities in arts programs.,  Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts Ltd,  Scholarships to Support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2017 - 2020,  $29,000.
  • AusStage Phase 6 Visualising Venues in Australian Live Performance Research,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2017 - 2018,  $62,685.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Marshall, JW., (2016), Performing Neurology: The Dramaturgy of Dr Jean-Martin Charcot., 277, New York, USA, Palgrave Macmillan, DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-51762-3.

Book Chapters

  • Marshall, JW., (2017), A Dramaturgy of Montage and Dislocation: Brecht, Warburg, Didi-Huberman & the Pathosformel. Ethical Exchanges in Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy, 187-209, Leiden, Rodopi.

Journal Articles

  • Marshall, JW., Duncan, E., (2018), Landscapes as Graveyards: Spectral Return and Performativity in theContested Landscape Jonathan W. Marshall and Emily Duncan. Australasian Drama Studies, 72(666), 65-98, Melbourne, Australasian Drama and Performance Studies Assoc (ADSA).
  • Marshall, JW., (2017), Trophies Remain: The history of New Zealand resource extraction and the Meat Fence photo-project. Performance Research: a journal of the performing arts, 22(8), 86-98, London, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/13528165.2017.1433384.
  • Marshall, JW., (2017), “Absence, Presence, Indexicality: The Mise en Scène of ‘the Heart of Neolithic Orkney’”. Theatre Research International, 42(1), 72-90, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/S0307883317000074.
  • Marshall, JW., (2015), Staging Critical History Within the Space of the Beat or What Cultural Historians Can Learn From Public Enemy, NTM, MC Solaar & George Clinton. New Zealand Journal of Media Studies, 15(1), 134-153, Dunedin, New Zealand, University of Otago, DOI: 10.11157/medianz-vol15iss1id9.
  • Marshall, JW., (2013), The world of the neurology ward: Hauntology and European modernism mal tourné in Butoh. TDR: the journal of performance studies, 57(4), 60-85, DOI: 10.1162/DRAM_a_00303.
  • Baudrillard, J., Marshall, JW., (2013), Theatre of Revulsion. TDR: the journal of performance studies, 57(4), 52-59, DOI: 10.1162/DRAM_a_00302.

Non-Traditional Research Outputs

  • Spiers, J., Marshall, JW., (2014), Meat Fence. Meat Fence, Perth Centre for Photography, Perth Centre for Photography.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  The Fifth Sparrow: In Memory Of Mollie Skinner

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor Of Philosopy, Un/natural: Themes Of Nature In The Work Of Contemporary New Zealand Photographers
  • Master By Research, In-compass: An Exploration Into Devising Theatre Across Multiple Cultural Identities.
  • Doctor Of Philosophy; Waipiata: A Practice-led Exploration Of Heterotopic Playwriting

Associate Supervisor

  • Master By Research, Things Curt, Bass And Vile: Kurt Weill's Degenerate Music For Die Dreigroschenoper As Adorno's Social-polemic Surrealist Music
  • Master of Arts (Creative Arts),  Mallakhamb: An Investigation Into The Indian Physical Pratice Of Rope And Pole Mallakhamb
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