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Prof James Thompson - publications

List of publications

Authored book

  • James Thompson. Humanitarian Performance: From Disaster Tragedies to Spectacles of War. Enactments. UK/US/India: University of Chicago Press, 2014. eScholarID:169317
  • Thompson, J. Performance Affects. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. eScholarID:4b1569
  • James Thompson, Jenny Hughes, Michael Balfour. Performance In Place of War. Enactments. London/Chicago: Seagull Books, 2009. eScholarID:43277
  • Thompson, J. Digging up Stories. UK: Manchester University Press, 2005. eScholarID:4b979
  • Thompson, J. Applied Theatre: bewilderment and beyond. Peter Lang, 2003. eScholarID:4b1053
  • Thompson, J. Drama Workshops for Anger Management & Offending Behavior. 1999. eScholarID:4b638

Edited book

  • James Thompson and Jeton Neziraj. ed. Theatre and Nationalism. Kosova: Qendra Multimedia / IPOW (In Place of War) at University of Manchester, 2011. eScholarID:134895

Book contribution

  • James Thompson. "Introduction – Why These Stories – Or Singing the Songs of Freedom?." In Applied Drama/Theatre as Social Intervention in Conflict and Post-Conflict Contexts, ed. Hazel Barnes and Marié-Heleen Coetzee, xvi-xix. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. eScholarID:241841
  • James Thompson. "Questions on Performances: In Place of War." In Representations of War, Migration, and Refugeehood, ed. Daniel Rellstab and Chistiane Schlote, 183-190. London: Routledge, 2014. eScholarID:241843
  • "'Ah pavu! Nathiye' Respecting silence and the performances of not-telling." In Dramatherapy and Social Theatre, Necessary Dialogues, ed. Sue Jennings, 48-62. London: Routledge, 2009. eScholarID:3395
  • "The ends of Applied Theatre." In The Applied Theatre Reader, ed. Sheila Preston and Tim Prentki, 116-124. London: Routledge, 2008. eScholarID:3392
  • "Performance, Globalization and Conflict Promotion/Resolution." In The Cultures and Globalization Series - Vol 1: Conflicts and Tensions. London: Sage, ed. Helmut Anheier and Y. Raj Isar, -. London: Sage, 2007. eScholarID:3389
  • Thompson, J. "Ugly and Brutal: Theatre of Relief, Reconciliation and Liberation in places of war." In Hyvä Hankaus: teatterilähtöiset menetelmät oppimisen ja osallisuuden mahdollisuuksina, ed. Pekka Korhonen & Raija Airaksinen, p.119-25.Teatterikorkeakoulu TeaterHogskolan, 2005. eScholarID:3b4496
  • Thompson, J. "From the Stocks to the Stage: from prison theatre to the theatre of prison." In Prison theatre: theory and practice, ed. Balfour, M, 57 - 76.2004. eScholarID:3b1300
  • Thompson, J. "Doubtful Principles in Arts and Prisons." In Teaching the Arts Behind Bars, ed. R. M-C. Williams, p. 40-61.Northeastern University Press, 2003. eScholarID:3b4494
  • Thompson, J. "Becoming ethical: Sri Lanka, Theatre and War / Questione di etica: teatro e guerra in Sri Lanka." In War Theatres and Actions for Peace: Community-Based Dramaturgy and the Conflict Scene / Teatri de Guerra e azioni di Pace: la Dramaturgia Communitaria e la Scena del Conflitto, ed. C. Bernadi, M. Dragone and G. Schinina, pp. 59 ? 68 and pp..EuresisEdizioni, 2002. eScholarID:3b4495
  • Thompson, J. "Motivating Offenders to Change Through Theatre." In Motivating Offenders to Change, ed. M. McMurran, p. 103-20.Wiley and Sons, 2002. eScholarID:3b4493
  • Thompson, J. "Prison Theatre: Perspectives & Practices." World: 1998. eScholarID:3b1115

Journal article

  • James Thompson. "Towards an Aesthetics of Care." Research in Drama Education 20, no. 4(2015) : 1-12. eScholarID:278508
  • Thompson, J. "Questions on performances: In Place of War?" Applied Theatre Research 1, no. 2(2013) : 149-156. eScholarID:241837
  • James Thompson. "Questions on performances: In place of war?" Applied Theatre Research 1, no. 2(2013) : 149-156. eScholarID:223002 | DOI:10.1386/atr.1.2.149_1
  • James Thompson. "Humanitarian Performance and the Asian Tsunami." TDR: The Drama Review 55, no. 1(2011) : 13. eScholarID:134894 | DOI:10.1162/DRAM_a_00049
  • Thompson, J. "Performance of pain, performance of beauty." Research In Drama Education 11(1)(2006) : 47-57. eScholarID:1b8225 | DOI:10.1080/13569780500437689
  • "We're Not Canute's Courtiers: a personal response to the tsunami." TDR: the journal of performance studies T186(2005) : 5-9. eScholarID:3376
  • Thompson, J., Richard Schechner. "Why Social Theatre." TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies T181(2004) : pp.11-6. eScholarID:1b8224 | DOI:10.1162/1054204041667767
  • Thompson, J. "Bewilderment: Preparing prisoners for 'real' work in the fictional work of prisons." Community, Work and Family(2001) . eScholarID:1b2075 | DOI:10.1080/13668800020006785
  • Thompson, J. "Critical Citizenship: Boal, Brazil and Theatre in Prisons." Annual Review of Critical Psychology(2000) . eScholarID:1b2074
  • Thompson, J. "Theatre and Offender Rehabilitation: Lessons for the US." Research in Drama Education(1998) . eScholarID:1b2072


  • Portfolio title: Understanding in Place of war.
  • Thompson, J. In On The Act: international researchers and performing memories of the Rwandan genocide, London Metropolitan University. Ed. DVD/Leaflet/Programme and draft lecture. 2007-04-13.
  • Thompson, J. Social Theatre, TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies. Vol. 48(3)(T181). 2004 Ed. June. 0-262-75811-3. 1054-2043. 10.1162/1054204041667749. 196.
  • Thompson, J. State Fights: Violence, Anger & Drama , Arts Approaches to Conflict . 1998 . UK .