Dr. Donia Mounsef


PhD (French & Theatre), University of British Columbia, 2000.
MA (French), University of Alberta, 1994.

Career Achievements

Section Head, Arts & Language, Campus Saint Jean, University of Alberta. 2009-2012.

Associate Professor of Drama and Etudes théâtrales (CSJ), University of Alberta. 2007-present.

Associate Professor of French & Theatre Studies, Yale University. 2006-07.

Assistant Professor of French & Theatre Studies, Yale University. 2000-06. 



Atrocity’s Spectacle: Coercive Desire in Contemporary Culture [In Progress]

Chair et révolte dans le théâtre de Bernard-Marie Koltès. (Paris : L’Harmattan, 2005)

Edited Collections

Co-editor with Josette Féral. “The Transparency of the Text: Contemporary French and Francophone Writing for the Stage, Yale French Studies (Vol. 112, Fall 2007)

Editor, “Performing the Text, Performing the Self,” Theatre and Performance Special Issue, Yale Journal of Criticism, (Vol. 16.1, Spring 2003).

Articles & Book Chapters

“Atrocity, Banality, and Jouissance in Performance.” Understanding Atrocity Anthology, Calgary : University of Calgary Press, 2015. [Forthcoming]

“Média(cri)ture scénique et intermédialité : Le texte dramatique entre théâtre écranisé et écran théâtralisé”. Littérature médiagénique : Ecriture, musique et arts visuels. Ouvrage collectif (François Guiyoba, Editeur). (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2015) : 147-164.

With Natalie Meisner, “Gender, Humour, and Transgression in Canadian Women’s Theatre.” Prague Journal of English Studies. Vol. 3:1 (2014): 47-63.  

With Mai Hussein, “Performing Translocal Memory:Testament and Testimony in Contemporary Theatre & Performance.” Journal of Global Studies and Contemporary ArtRevista de Estudios Globales y Arte Contemporáneo. Vol. 2, n. 2 (2014): 123-144.

With Natalie Meisner, “From the Postdramatic to the Poly-dramatic: The Text/Performance Divide Reconsidered.” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, 26:1 (Fall 2011): 85-102.

“The Desire for Language, the Language of Desire in the Theatre of Bernard-Marie Koltès.” Yale French Studies Vol. 112 (Fall 2007): 84-98.

With Josette Féral, “Editors’ Preface: The Transparency of the Text.” Yale French Studies vol. 112 (Fall 2007): 1-4.

“Théâtralisation et corps hystérique dans Portrait de Dora d’Hélène Cixous.” Feminismo/s : Revista del Centro de Estudios Sobre la Mujer de la Universidad de Alicante n. 7 (Fall 2006): 103-118.

“The Seen, the Scene and the Obscene: Commodity Fetishism and Corporeal Ghosting.”  Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory Vol. 15.1 (2005): 243-261.

Conference Papers

“Telemediating Temporal Distance: Performing Presence in Uchronic Time.” Performance Studies International, Fluid States North Conference. Copenhagen, Denmark (June 2015)

"Biopolitics and the Posthuman Actor on the Intermedial Stage.” Bodies on Stage: Acting Confronted by Technology Conference. Université Paris III, Sorbonne-Nouvelle (June 2015).

“Performing Exceptionalism: Photography, Tableaux Vivants, & the Violence Spectacle.” Panel “Photography, Testimony, & the Voyeuristic Gaze: Bearing Witness to Trauma.” NEMLA, Toronto (April-May 2015).

“The Intermedialist Actor: Materiality and Mediaturgy in the Performing Arts.” U of Alberta, Intermedia Research Studio, Department of Sociology Symposium: “Making Research: Materiality, Creativity, and Intermediation.” (March 2015).

“Performing Surveillance as Irony or what Happens to the Holes when the Cheese is Gone.” Panel “Surveillance and its Discontent.” American Circuit American Secrets Conference, Banff Centre (Sept. 2014).

“Eco-Echo Poetics on the Move”. Site-specific Performance Poetry and Poster Session. Under Western Skies Conference, MRU, Calgary (Sept. 2014).

“Straddling Creative Research and Critical Research.” Panel “Other Forms, Craft & Criticism. Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs Conference. UBC, Vancouver (May 2014).

- “(Mis)understanding Atrocities or the Semantic Density of the Word “Genocide” in Performance.” Panel “(Mis)understanding Atrocities.” “Understanding Atrocities” Conference, MRU Calgary (Feb. 2014).  

“Transmediated Temporality: Staging the U-Chronic Body in Performance.” Panel “Visual and Spatial Representations of Temporality”. Performance Studies International Conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto California (June 2013).

“Remediating ‘Wound Culture’: Genocide as Public Spectacle.” Panel “Iteration of Genocide.” Performance Studies International Conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto Calif. (June 2013).

“Performing Autobiography and the Intermedial Turn in Feminist Performance Practice.” PhiloSOPHIA Conference, Banff, AB (May 2013).

“Shooting Otherness: Intermediality and the Intercultural Gaze.” Panel Intermedial/Intercultural. Performance Studies International Conference. Leeds, UK (June-July 2012)

“The People are the Poem”: Performing the Political Spring in Post-Committed Literature from la Guerre d’Algérie to the Jasmine Revolution.” Panel “Traversées identitaires, mémoire de guerre et de revolution.” 20th & 21st Century French & Francophone Studies, Long Beach, CA, U of California at Long Beach (March-April 2012).

“Interculturalism, Inter-visuality, and Dis-appropriation: Toward a Cultural Anatomy of Looking in the Theatre.” Seminar Cross-Cultural Adaptation & Appropriation in World Drama. American Comparative Literature Association, Annual Conference. Vancouver, BC (March-April 2011).

“Women, Torture, and the Banality of Jouissance.” Panel “Performing Gendered Violence: Jouissance and the ‘Pathological Public Sphere.’” Performance Studies International Conference 16, York University & OCAD, Toronto, ON (June 2010).

“Of Peace, Poetry and Protest.” The Canadian Peace Research Association, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Concordia University, Montréal, QC (May- June 2010)

“Vanishing Bodies: Intermediality and Photographic Trauma in Marie Clements’ The Edward Curtis Project.” Panel: Intermediality and Sexualized Identities in Canadian Theatre. Canadian Association for Theatre Research, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Concordia University, Montréal, QC (May- June 2010)

Invited Lectures

“Intermediality, Crossmediality, Transmediality: Embodiment and the Mediated Turn in Contemporary Theatre and Performance.” Simon Fraser University, Institute for the Humanities. (Jan. 16th, 2014).

“Spectacular Violence: Staging Torture after the ‘Age of Sobriety in Punishment’.” Simon Fraser University, Institute for the Humanities. (Nov. 7th, 2013).

“Ariane Mnouchkine: Théâtre, passions et collaborations.” Department of French, Spanish and Italian, University of Calgary (March 1st, 2013).

“Beyond Drama: a Discussion on ‘The New Theatre’”, GRAND Ideas, Theatre Junction at The GRAND, Calgary, Alberta (March 6th, 2008).

“Shooting the Stage, Staging the Shot: Embodiment and Performance,” Guest Lecture, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina (March, 2007).

Recent Graduate Supervision

PhD Supervisor, John Battye, "Media and Performance" (Drama, 2013-present)

MA Thesis Supervisor, Rohan Kulkarni, “Postcolonial Canadian Theatre” (Drama, 2014-present).

MA Thesis Supervisor, Tonya Rae Chrystian, “Feminist Performance and Écriture Féminine" (Drama, 2014-present)

MFA Thesis Co-Supervisor, Josh Clendinin, “Bilingual Immersive Theatre" (Drama, 2014-present).

PhD Co-Supervisor, Mai Hussain, “Ecriture rhizomatiue dans le théâtre de Mouawad" (Modern Languages & Cultural Studies, 2008-2014. Complete)

MA Thesis Supervisor, John Battye, “Translocal Canadian Theatre” (Drama 2011-2013. Complete).

MA Thesis Co-Supervisor, Bashair Alibrahim, “Bilinguisme et auto-traduction” (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, 2011-2013. Complete)

MA Thesis Supervisor, Katie Balcom, “Martin McDonagh’s Spatial Narratives" (Drama, 2010-2012. Complete)

MA Thesis Supervisor, Cynthia Ing, “Interculturalism in the Theatre of Ariane Mnouchkine and Shūji Terayama” (Drama, 2008-2010. Complete)

MA Thesis Supervisor, Cassandra Silver, “Theatrical Multilinguism and the Translation of Culture.” (Drama, 2008-2010. Complete)

Course-Based MA Supervisor, Rachael Thompson, “Hotel Modern’s KAMP.” (Drama, 2008-2010. Complete)