1990 …2020

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Research Biography

Prior to coming to Flinders in 2014, Will was Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash University, serving as Director of the centre from 2007-2011 and again in 2012. He was foundational academic staff in Theatre Studies at the National University of Singapore, Lecturer in Drama at the University of Waikato, and Associate Professor of Theatre at the California State University San Bernardino, also serving as Co-Director of that university's International Institute.

Will's research on community-based performance in the Philippines has been supported by research fellowships and visiting professorships at the International Institute for Asian Studies (University of Leiden), Asia Research Institute (National University of Singapore), University of Amsterdam, University of the Philippines (Diliman) and Ateneo de Manila University. His third monograph, "Asian Self-Representation at World's Fairs," is under contract with Amsterdam University Press and will appear in late 2019.

His academic publications have focused on religion, dance and theatre in the Philiippines, mass events, English-language theatre in Singapore, Maori and Pakeha theatre in Aotearoa/New Zealand, international arts festivals, and interactions between Asia and the West through performance at international expositions. In addition to undergraduate teaching, Will supervised what at one time was the world's largest cohorts of PhD students from Asian countries working on Asian performance topics. At Flinders, he is working on deeping engagement with Asian partners in the performing arts.

Research Interests

  • Asian Self-Representation at International Expos
  • Community-based performance in the Philippines
  • Religion and Performance
  • Modernity and Performative Publics in Asia
  • Festival Curation and Performance
  • Intercultural Performance
  • English-language theatre in Singapore
  • Theatre in Aotearoa/New Zealand

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Research Output

Asian Self-Representation at World's Fairs

Peterson, W., 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Amsterdam University Press. 326 p. (Asian Visual Cultures)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • "Shinto and Cherry Blossoms: The Remasculinisation of Japan at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair"

    Peterson, W., Jul 2020, Exporting Japanese Aesthetics: Evolution from Tradition to Cool Japan. Kimura, T. & Harris, J. A. (eds.). Eastbourne, UK: Sussex Academic Press, p. 80-104 24 p. (Sussex Library of Asian and Asian American Studies Series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • ‘Yesterday’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Promise’: Performing a Pan-ASEAN Archipelagic Identity at Age 50

    Peterson, W. & Maiquez, R. R., Feb 2020, Performing Southeast Asia: Performance, Politics and the Contemporary. Tan, M. C. C. & Rajendran, C. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave McMillan, p. 35-59 24 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • A brutal, nightmarish Carmen imbues an old story with contemporary resonances

    Peterson, W., 12 Mar 2019, The Conversation.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

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