Putting the Nation on Stage

Ghassan Hage is The Wandering Professor

September 7, 2016

Ghassan Hage is Future Generation Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory at the University of Melbourne. He has held many visiting professorships around the world including at Harvard, University of Copenhagen, University of Amsterdam, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and the American University of Beirut. He works on the comparative anthropology of nationalism, racism and multiculturalism. His books include White Nation (2000), Against Paranoid Nationalism (2003), Waiting (2009), Alter-Politics (2015) and Is Racism an Ecological Threat? (forthcoming March 2017).

Ghassan plays The Wandering Professor in the upcoming production The Cartographer’s Curse, written and directed by Paula Abood.

Why did you get involved in this project?
Paula told me about this project and I thought I’m at a point in life where I can try something new, as opposed to just being an academic which I have been all my life. I thought it would be a nice and different opportunity for me to get involved in this project.

Was there anything in particular about the story that drew you to this project?
I am the kind of person that any story would strike a chord with, the main thing for me is to be doing something different with new people.

Given your background, what do you feel you can bring to this project?
We’re dealing with Middle Eastern questions and as an anthropologist and a social scientist I think I have knowledge about the area in an academic way, I can bring some complexity to the issue.

What do you feel motivates and drives your work?
It is a combination of really hard work and wanting to expand your mind and your capacity. It’s about exposing yourself to new things and other people and already I’ve gained a lot of inspiration that I can use in my writing.

Do you feel this project will influence your future work in any way?
Of course, otherwise it would mean that I did not experience the project well. I have to give as as much of myself as I can to this project which means it has to transform me a bit.

TCC Website imageNational Theatre of Parramatta & Third Space Productions present

5th to 8th October 2016 at Riverside Theatres
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