Associate Professor Jonathan Bollen

Associate Professor Jonathan Bollen

Honorary Associate Professor

PhD (UWS) 2000

BA Hons (Sydney) 1994

Arts, Design & Architecture
School of the Arts and Media

I am an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of the Arts and Media at UNSW. My research in theatre studies is about performance, mobility and desire. I am the author of Touring Variety in the Asia Pacific Region, 1946–1975 (Palgrave 2020) and co-author of Visualising Lost Theatres: Virtual Praxis and the Recovery of Performance Spaces (Cambridge UP, 2022), A Global Doll's House: Ibsen and Distant Visions (Palgrave 2016) and Men at Play: Masculinities in Australian Theatre since the 1950s (Rodopi 2008).

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  • Books | 2022
    Tompkins J; Holledge J; Bollen J; Xia L, 2022, Visualising Lost Theatres Virtual Praxis and the Recovery of Performance Spaces, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge,
    Books | 2022
    Tompkins J; Holledge J; Bollen J; Xia L, 2022, Visualising Lost Theatres, Cambridge University Press,
    Books | 2020
    Bollen J, 2020, Touring Variety in the Asia Pacific Region, 1946-1975, Palgrave Macmillan,
    Books | 2016
    Holledge J; Bollen J; Helland F; Tompkins J, 2016, A Global Doll's House: Ibsen and Distant Visions, Palgrave Macmillan UK,
    Books | 2008
    Bollen JJ; Kiernander A; Parr B, 2008, Men at Play: Masculinities in Australia Theatre since the 1950s, Rodopi, Amsterdam & New York,
  • Book Chapters | 2023
    Bollen J, 2023, 'Stardust Orientalism, Virtual Praxis and Digital Construction: “Madame Butterfly” on Ice at the Stardust Hotel, Las Vegas, 1959', in Performance Arts: Research in the Age of Digital Revolution, Springer Nature Singapore, pp. 55 - 71,
    Book Chapters | 2021
    Bollen J, 2021, 'Visualizing the Entrepreneurial Networks of International Entertainment: The Dalrays Touring Beyond the Tivoli, 1956-66', in Garde U; Severn JR (ed.), Theatre and Internationalization Perspectives from Australia, Germany, and Beyond, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon and New York, pp. 55 - 71,
    Book Chapters | 2012
    Bollen JJ, 2012, 'From Theatrical Nostalgia to Modernist Design: Nightclubs as Venues for Live Entertainments in Mid-20th-Century Australia', in Arrighi G; Emeljanow V (ed.), A World of Popular Entertainments: An Edited Volume of Critical Essays, pp. 68 - 82
    Book Chapters | 2009
    Bollen JJ, 2009, 'White men, wet dreams: fishing, fatherhood and finitude in Australian theatre, 1955-2004', in Hosking S; Hosking R; Pannell R; Bierbaum N (ed.), Something Rich and Strange: Sea changes, beaches and the littoral in the Antipodes, Wakefield Press, Adelaide
    Book Chapters | 2008
    Bollen JJ, 2008, 'Dressing up and growing up: rehearsals on the threshold of intelligibility', in Davies B (ed.), Judith Butler in Conversation, Routledge, pp. 217 - 234
    Book Chapters | 2007
    Bollen JJ, 2007, 'As Seen On TV: Kinaesthetic cross-over and the animation of social dance pedagogy', in Lyons J; Plunkett J (ed.), Multimedia Histories, pp. 98 - 113
    Book Chapters | 2006
    Bollen JJ, 2006, 'Boxing the man: fighting the choreography of gender, race and generation in recent Australian theatre', in Kiernander A; Bollen JJ; Bruce P (ed.), What A Man's Gotta Do? Masculinities in Performance, pp. 152 - 169
    Book Chapters | 2005
    Bollen JJ, 2005, 'How to stand out on a dance floor', in Critical Issues 9: Exploding Dandy, Artspace, Sydney, pp. 51 - 75
    Book Chapters | 2001
    Bollen JJ, 2001, 'Queer kinaesthesia: Performativity on the dance floor', in Desmond J (ed.), Dancing Desires: Choreographing Sexualities On and Off the Stage, University of Wisconsin Press, pp. 285 - 314
    Book Chapters | 2000
    Bollen JJ, 2000, 'Animated suspension: Moving bodies and the choreography of community', in Tait P (ed.), Body Show/s, Rodopi, pp. 187 - 198
  • Edited Books | 2006
    Kiernander A; Bollen J; Parr B, 2006, What a Man's Gotta Do? Masculinities in Performance, CALLTS, Armidale
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Bollen J, 2023, 'Chinese theatre troupes in Southeast Asia: touring diaspora, 1900s-1970s', ASIAN STUDIES REVIEW,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Bollen J; Holledge J; Tompkins J, 2021, 'Putting virtual theatre models to work: ‘virtual praxis’ for performance research in theatre history', Theatre and Performance Design, 7, pp. 6 - 23,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Bollen J, 2021, 'Visualising the Story of Theatre in Sydney: Venues, Repertoire and Change, 1920–2020', Australasian Drama Studies, 78, pp. 72 - 109
    Journal articles | 2020
    Bollen J; Bentley P, 2020, 'Digging up the remains of King Oedipus: Performance memories at University of New South Wales', University Museums and Collections Journal, 12, pp. 70 - 76,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Bollen J; Brewster A, 2018, 'NADOC and the National Aborigines Day in Sydney, 1957–67', Aboriginal History Journal, 42, pp. 3 - 30,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Bollen J, 2018, '‘As Modern as Tomorrow’: Australian Entrepreneurs and Japanese Entertainment, 1957–1968', Theatre Research International, 43, pp. 147 - 164,
    Journal articles | 2017
    Bollen JJ, 2017, 'Revisiting and Re-imagining The One Day of the Year', Southerly: a review of Australian literature, 77, pp. 92 - 105,;dn=134895469944830;res=IELLCC
    Journal articles | 2017
    Bollen JJ, 2017, 'Then and Now – Sorlie's Tour to Broken Hill in 1960', Popular Entertainment Studies, 8, pp. 54 - 72,
    Journal articles | 2016
    Bollen JJ, 2016, 'Data Models for Theatre Research: People, Places, and Performance', Theatre Journal (Baltimore), 68, pp. 615 - 632,
    Journal articles | 2014
    Bollen JJ; Couch M, 2014, 'From The Silver Lining to The Roaring Days!: Amateur theatre and social class in Broken Hill, 1940s-1960s', Australasian Drama Studies, 2014, pp. 257 - 276,;dn=257722442078030;res=IELAPA
    Journal articles | 2014
    Couch M; Bollen JJ, 2014, 'Sex, gender and the industrial: Plays performed by Broken Hill Repertory Society', Australasian Drama Studies, 64, pp. 277 - 296
    Journal articles | 2013
    Bollen JJ, 2013, 'Here from There - travel, television and touring revues: internationalism as entertainment in the 1950s and 1960s', Popular Entertainment Studies, 4, pp. 64 - 81
    Journal articles | 2013
    Bollen JJ, 2013, 'Show girls and choreographers in Australian entertainment – the transition to night clubs, 1946-1967', Australasian Drama Studies, 63, pp. 52 - 68
    Journal articles | 2011
    Bollen J; Holledge J, 2011, 'Hidden dramas: Cartographic revelations in the world of theatre studies', Cartographic Journal, 48, pp. 226 - 236,
    Journal articles | 2010
    Bollen J, 2010, 'Don't Give Up the Strip! : erotic performance as live entertainment in mid-twentieth century Australia', Journal of Australian Studies, 34, pp. 125 - 140,
    Journal articles | 2010
    Bollen JJ, 2010, 'Cross-dressed and crossing-over from stage to television', Media International Australia, 134, pp. 141 - 150
    Journal articles | 2009
    Bollen JJ; Harvey N; Holledge J; McGillivray G, 2009, 'AusStage: eResearch in the Performing Arts', Australasian Drama Studies, 54, pp. 178 - 194
    Journal articles | 2009
    Bollen JJ, 2009, 'Maybe we're not human: Translating actions and affects between humans and machines in Australian Dance Theatre's Devolution', Brolga: an Australian journal about dance, 31, pp. 9 - 18
    Journal articles | 2006
    Bollen JJ; McInnes D, 2006, 'What do you like to do? Gay sex and the politics of interaffectivity', Gay and Lesbian Issues in Psychology Review, 2, pp. 107 - 113
    Journal articles | 2005
    Bollen JJ, 2005, 'Remembering masculinities in the theatre of war', Australasian Drama Studies, 46, pp. 3 - 19
    Journal articles | 2004
    Bollen J; McInnes D, 2004, 'Time, relations and learning in gay men's experiences of adventurous sex', Social Semiotics, 14, pp. 21 - 36,
    Journal articles | 2001
    Bollen JJ, 2001, 'Performance studies: A tour through the field', Australasian Drama Studies, 39, pp. 125 - 139
    Journal articles | 2001
    Dowsett GW; Bollen J; McInnes D; Couch M; Edwards B, 2001, 'HIV/AIDS and constructs of gay community: Researching educational practice within community-based health promotion for gay men', International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 4, pp. 205 - 223,
    Journal articles | 2000
    McInnes D; Bollen JJ, 2000, 'Learning on the job: metaphors of choreography and the practice of sex in sex-on-premises venues', Venereology : official publication of the National Venereology Council of Australia, 13, pp. 27 - 36
    Journal articles | 1999
    Couch M; Dowsett G; McInnes D; Bollen JJ; Edwards B, 1999, 'HIV/AIDS health promotion: strategic deployment of 'gay community' in the framework of the National Public Health Partnership', Third Sector Review, 5, pp. 81 - 89
    Journal articles | 1997
    Bollen JJ, 1997, ''What a queen's gotta do': Queer performativity and the rhetorics of performance', Australasian Drama Studies, pp. 106 - 123
    Journal articles | 1996
    Bollen JJ, 1996, 'Sexing the dance at Sleaze Ball 1994', TDR: the journal of performance studies, pp. 166 - 191
    Journal articles | 1996
    Bollen JJ, 1996, 'The parties are for us', Xtext, 1, pp. 48 - 53
    Journal articles | 1995
    Bollen JJ, 1995, 'Laughing at the difference: theories of translation in rehearsal', About Performance, 1, pp. 47-56
  • Other | 2022
    Bollen J; Syron L-M; Campbell A, 2022, Editorial: Queer Performance, Australasian Drama Studies, ,
    Other | 2020
    Arrighi G; Bollen J, 2020, Editorial, ,
    Other | 2020
    Bollen J; Nyhus SH; Gunn ON, 2020, Doctoral Defense: Henrik Ibsen in the American Theatre, 1879–1914, Ibsen Studies, ,
    Other | 2019
    Arrighi G; Bollen J, 2019, Editorial, Popular Entertainment Studies,
    Other | 2019
    Bollen J, 2019, Book review of Australian Theatre, Modernism and Patrick White: Governing Culture, Australasian Drama Studies, ,;dn=381739386983330;res=IELAPA
    Other | 2013
    Bollen J, 2013, Book review of Wild and Dangerous Performances: Animals, Emotions, Circus., Cambridge University Press, ,
    Other | 2011
    Bollen J, 2011, Australia Dances: Creating Australian Dance, 1945-1965 – Alan Brissenden and Keith Glennon' (book review),
    Other | 2009
    Bollen J, 2009, Belonging: Australian Playwriting in the Twentieth Century – John McCallum’ (book review),
    Other | 2008
    Bollen J, 2008, Book review of Power Plays: Australian Theatre and the Public Agenda, CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS, ,
    Other | 2003
    Bollen J, 2003, The Seventies: the Age of Glitter in Popular Culture by Shelton Waldrep (book review),
    Other | 1995
    Bollen J, 1995, Male Impersonators: Men Performing Masculinity by Mark Simpson (book review),

I have been Chief Investigator on two Discovery Projects: ‘Ibsen Between Cultures: The Australian Experience’ ($124,000 DP0988350) and ‘Marking Masculinity in Australian Theatre’ ($279,925 DP0210510), for which I was awarded an ARC post-doctoral fellowship. I was Chief Investigator on an ARC LIEF project for the AusStage database (LE210100007 $566,523), and three prior ARC LIEF projects for the AusStage database ($300,000 LE0775527; $650,000 LE100100028; $325,000 LE140100024).

I was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from the Australian Research Council (2002-2004) and a research fellowship by the National Film and Sound Archive (2008). My book on Touring Variety in the Asia Pacific Region, 1946–1975 was awarded the Rob Jordan Prize in 2022 by the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies for the best book on a subject related to drama or theatre studies. My work on the Performing Sydney project was awarded the Flinders University AusStage prize in 2021. My journal articles have received various awards, including the 2010 John Barrett Award for Australian Studies from the International Association for Australian Studies and the 2006 Marlis Thiersch Award from the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies. In 2020 I received the UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Programs that Enhance Learning through Innovation in Curriculum Design and Pedagogical Practice with colleagues in Theatre and Performance Studies.

My Research Supervision

Frieda Lee – How can the subsidised model of Australian theatre evolve to encourage entertainment, enterprise and audience engagement? (joint supervisor)

Billy Kanafani – Category is: An ethnographic study of Ballroom culture in Sydney (primary supervisor)