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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. She is currently completing a book manuscript tentatively called: Women in the Shadows: Gender, Puppets, and the Power of Tradition in Bali. 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 the newly formed Southeast Asian Studies Center. She was appointed Faculty Research Curator (2013-2015) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures and is using 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.

Jennifer is interested in unraveling and exploring 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).

Jennifer with puppets

Recent Activities

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."

Taught a workshop on Chinese performance and shadow puppetry for the Indianapolis Children’s Museum to train staff and performers for the new exhibit on China, Indianapolis, IN. March 2014.

Performed the wayang kulit (Balinese shadow puppetry) story of Arjuna Tapa/ Arjuna’s Meditation at Taylor University, Upland IN (January 2014).

Select Publications

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

"National Education, Local Arts: Negotiating Identities in Bali through Dance" invited book chapter in Education in Indonesia: Perspectives, Politics and Practices, edited by Rommel A. Curaming and Frank Dhont, FIS Press: Yogyakarta, 2012: 213-225.

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

"Rhythms of a National Body: Balinese Dance and the Ideology of the Pancasila" book chapter in Pancasila's Contemporary Appeal: Re-legitimizing Indonesia's Founding Ethos. Published by Sanata Dharma University Press and the Yale Indonesia Forum International Conference Book Series, 2010. 285-300.

“Claiming Draupadi: Performing Gender and Power in Balinese Wayang Kulit” in Puppetry International Magazine. 26 (Fall and Winter 2009):

Forthcoming Publications

“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,
Forthcoming - June, 2014.

“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,
Forthcoming – November, 2014.

Routledge Handbook on Asian Theatre. Invited to contribute to sections on “Women Dalang in Indonesia” and the “Fate of Traditional Performance in Southeast Asia.” Edited by Siyuan Liu. New York: Routledge,
Forthcoming - 2015.