Engage with us.

We invite you to engage with the project through our public talks, research forums and conferences:


ATHE Annual Conference

Orlando, Florida

Wednesday, 7 August 2019, 11:00 am - 12.30 pm

Bryce Lease, ‘Poor Objects: Breaking the Ethnographic Frame’


Before and After Francoism: History, Memory, Politics and Propaganda in Spanish Media and Drama

University of Oslo, Norway

Thursday, 29 August 2019, 10am-12.15pm

Maria Delgado, "Historical memory on Trial: Baltasar Garzón and El pan y la sal (Bread and Salt, 2018)"



International Interdisciplinary Conference: Memory, Trauma, and Human Rights at the Crossroads of Art and Science

University of Minnesota, October 3-4, 2019

Michal Kobialka: ‘Staging Difficult Pasts: Of Awkward Objects and Collateral Memories’



Shangahi Theatre Academy

  • Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 11:00 am - 12.30 pm

Maria Delgado, ‘Historical memory on Trial: Baltasar Garzón and El pan y la sal (Bread and Salt)



Memory Studies Association Conference

Madrid, Spain

  • Wednesday, 26 June 2019, 12.30-2:00 pm

Panel with Project Team: Staging Difficult Pasts

This panel analyses and compares international approaches to staging difficult pasts across major theatres and museums, including Teatre Lliure (Barcelona), ESMA Museum (Buenos Aires), and the Cricoteka & Ethnographic Museum (Krakow). Our analysis charts how these curatorial and theatrical practices are increasingly informed cross-institutionally.



ResearchWorks Series

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

  • Monday, 17 June 2019, 6:00 pm

Eventbrite booking page online

Staging Difficult Pasts

Panel with Maria Delgado & Bryce Lease



Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama

University of Manchester

  • Tuesday, 30 April 2019, 6:00 pm

Staging Difficult Pasts

Panel with Maria Delgado & Bryce Lease


Cricoteka, Kraków

  • Saturday, 23 February 2019, 5:00 pm

‘Staging Difficult Pasts: Objects in the State of Unrest’

Public forum on the historical and cultural materiality of objects and their function in theatrical and museological practices.

Panellists: Ludmiła Ryba (Teatr Cricot 2), Wojtek Ziemilski, Kolektyw Kuratorski, Erica Lehrer, Roma Sendyka, Katarzyna Fazan and Anna Róża Burzyńska.

Panel chair: Michał Kobiałka.



George Wood Theatre, Goldsmiths, University of London

Performance Research Forum

  • Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Affect, Theatricality and Spectacle: Commemoration in the History Museum

Bryce Lease



WAYS OF REMEMBERING LAS MALVINAS/THE FALKLANDS: Lola Arias’ Veterans, Minefield and Theatre of War

School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds

  • Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 4:30 pm

Maria Delgado


TATE Liverpool

BEYOND THESE ROOMS | ANU & CoisCéim’s Dance Theatre

  • Thursday, 7 February 2019, 11:00 am - 12.30 pm

Panel Discussion: Why Remember?: What place has history in the modern contemporary art space. Object, materials and presentation across art form and culture.

Panellists: Louise Lowe (ANU), Lar Joye (Military Curator), Bryce Lease (Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance,  Holocaust Research Institute at Royal Holloway)



STAGING DIFFICULT PASTS is an AHRC funded project: Grant reference: AH/R006849/1