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Jennifer Goodlander

Jennifer Goodlander

Assistant Professor - Theatre History, Theory, and Literature

Ph.D.     Ohio University, Athens, OH
M.F.A.    University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI
B.A.        Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI

Jennifer Goodlander focuses on Asian performance as it intersects with gender studies, ethnography, performance studies, visual culture and museum studies, postcolonial theory, and transnational circuits of performance. She has received many grants and fellowships for her performance work and research on Asian performance, including a Fulbright Fellowship to Indonesia and funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her book, Women in the Shadows: Gender, Puppets, and the Power of Tradition in Bali is under contract with Ohio University Press. Drawing upon her own experience of the practical training and ritual initiation to become a dalang, or puppeteer, coupled with interviews of early women dalangs and leading artists, she argues that "tradition" in Bali must be understood as a system of power that is inextricably linked to gender hierarchy.

Jennifer is an affiliate faculty member with the Department of Gender Studies, East Asia Studies Center, African Studies, and is on the executive board for the newly formed Southeast Asian Studies Center. She was appointed Faculty Research Curator (2013-2015) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures and has used that appointment as a springboard to study puppets as Intangible Cultural Heritage in Southeast Asia and China together with the interrelationships between display and performance. As part of this work, Jennifer co-curated the exhibit, "Still/Moving: Puppets and Indonesia" with graduate and undergraduate students.

Jennifer unravels and explores connections between scholarship and theatrical practice. In New York City and regionally she worked extensively as a director and teacher with a special emphasis on new plays and physically based performance, combining Asian theatre into innovative productions of The Ghost Sonata, The Bacchae, and others. She was a member of the 2005 Lincoln Center Director's Lab that focused on new play development and working in collaboration. She often shares her research through performances and lectures at theatres, civic groups, and universities and has performed wayang kulit both nationally and internationally. Jennifer is the Vice President/Conference Planner for the Association of Asian Performance (2014-2016).

Recent Activities

Participated in a Faculty Exchange with Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand to conduct research on traditional and contemporary puppet performance.

Invited Paper. "Understanding Puppets as Heritage: Three Case Studies to Understand How Objects Perform Culture" at the UNIMA Asia-Pacific First International Puppetry Festival, Nanchong, China. June 2014.

Invited Presentation. "Puppets are Everywhere: Wayang in the Past, Present, and Future" at the Gunungan International Mask and Puppet Festival, Bandung, Indonesia. May 2014.

Received the Robert A. Schanke Research Award (2014). Award given annually to an untenured faculty presenter at the Theatre History Symposium for the Mid-American Theatre Conference (MATC). For the paper "Khmer Identities through the Arts after the Killing Fields in a Post 9/11 New York City."

Select Publications

"I Made Bandem" Asian Theatre Journal. 30.2(2013): 323-335.

"Gender, Power, and Puppets: Two Early Women Dalangs in Bali." Asian Theatre Journal. 29.1(2012): 54-77

"Local Traditions and National Identity: Youth and Dance in Bali." In Nationalism and Youth in Theatre and Performance. Edited by Victoria Pettersen Lantz and Angela Sweigert-Gallagher. New York: Routledge, 2014: 187-205.

"Plaza Indonesia: Performing Modernity in a Shopping Mall." In Play and Performance: How Institutions Structure Ludic Spaces. Edited by Drew Chappell and Matt Omasta. New York: Routledge, 2015: 117-127.

Forthcoming Publications

"Negotiating Gender and Tradition: A Woman Dalang Performs Wayang Lemah in Bali" TDR. (forthcoming).

“Inventing” Tradition in a Changing World: Wayang Tantri in Bali.”—invited article for Journal of Southeast Asian Performing and Fine Arts (SPAFA) through the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education (SEAMO). (forthcoming).

Routledge Handbook on Asian Theatre. Invited to contribute to sections on "Women Dalang in Indonesia", "Fate of Traditional Performance in Southeast Asia", and "Contemporary Theatre in Laos." Provided review comments for the section on "Contemporary Theatre in Cambodia." Edited by Siyuan Liu. New York: Routledge, Forthcoming - 2015.