Associate Professor Ian Maxwell

Diploma of Arts, Dramatic Arts (DADA) Victorian College of the Arts 1990; BA (Honours) Sydney 1991; PhD University of Sydney 1997

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 61 2 9351 6847

Biographical details

Ian Maxwell is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts School of Drama, where he majored in Directing. Subsequent to that training, he embarked upon academic work at the University of Sydney, where he completed his PhD–an ethnography of Hip Hop culture in the suburbs of Sydney in the 1990s–in 1997.

Ian teaches a range of units of study: two second year units: the core introductory unit PRFM 2601: Being There and PRFM 2604: Sociology of Theatre, a third year option, PRFM 3606: Theories of Acting and an Honours seminar on Critical Theory and Performance.

He has published extensively on a range of topics, including his 2003 book, "Phat Beats, Dope Rhymes": Hip Hop Down Under Comin' Upper (Wesleyan), chapters in several collections and a number of journals.

Ian is Chair of the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee and Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He is also President of the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies and a Vice-President of Performance Studies international.

In 2008 he was awarded the Marlis Thiersch Prize for research excellence in an English-language article published anywhere in the world in the broad field of theatre and performance studies for his essay on Victor Turner (see below).

Outside the University Ian divides his time between his family (which includes two beautiful daughters, Mia and Zoe), racing yachts and regularly screaming himself hoarse at the Sydney Swans.

Research interests

  • Popular music and subcultures
  • Phenomenology and Theories of Acting
  • Sociology of the Field of Performance Making
  • Australian Theatre and Performance History 1968-1974
  • Theatre Directing
  • Sport and Performance

Teaching and supervision

Current Teaching

  • PRFM 2601 Being There
  • PRFM 2604 Sociology of Theatre
  • PRFM 3606 Theories of Acting
  • PRFM4000/PRFM 5901 Critical Theory and Performance

Research Degree Supervision

Current PhD projects

  • Kath Bicknell "Off the Saddle: Sport as a live(d) event"
  • Cassie Duell "Vision and Vernacular: implications of origin for the contemporary Australian theatre director"
  • Robin Dixon "Implied Theories of Acting in the Late Roman Republic"
  • Nicholas Hope "Inner Place: the impact of climate and landscape on performance"

Completed PhD supervisions

  • Daniel Johnston 2008 "Active Metaphysics: Phenomenological Readings of Acting"
  • Yana Taylor 2007 "Doctors of Presence: Tadashi Suzuki's Training Methods in Sydney Contemporary Performance
  • Pauline Manley 2007 "Opening the Pod: Involution and Dehiscence in Contemporary Dance"
  • Stuart Grant 2007 "Gathering to Witness"
  • Paul Moore 2005 "Longing to Belong: Trained Actors' Attempts to Enter the Profession"
  • Mark Seton, 2004 "Forming (In)Vulnerable Bodies: Intercorporeal Experiences in Actor Training in Australia"
  • Glen McGillivray, 2004 "Theatricality: A Critical Genealogy"
  • Jeff Stewart 2007 "Sentiment and the Possibility of Love: Essays from Home" (M.Arts dissertation)

Current projects

Inventing Tradition: Nationalist/Militarist Display and the Australian Football League

A contribution to the 'Sport as Performance' research cluster

Supported by 2007 R and D Research Grant

Selected grants

2010

  • AusStage: Gateway to Australian live performance phase 4; Maxwell I; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).
  • The Inspired Voices Research Cluster; Benitez E, Kindt J, Maxwell I, Wilson P; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.
  • Rex Cramphorn: A Performance History; Maxwell I, Ginters L; Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney/Faculty Research Support Scheme.

2008

  • Facilitating flexible, enquiry-based experimental learning through an accessible, three-dimensional virtual learning environment (3DVLE) project; Maxwell I, Wood D, Bloustien G, Israel M, Green L, Sim J, Marsh J; Australian Learning and Teaching Council/Competitive Grants Programme.
  • Ethnography and Performance; Maxwell I, Nield S, Nield S; University of Sydney/International Visiting Research Fellowship (IVRF).

2007

  • Inventing Tradition: Nationalist-militarist display and the Australian Football League; Maxwell I; University of Sydney/Research & Development.
  • AusStage: The Gateway to the Australian Performing Arts; Maxwell I, Holledge J; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).

2006

  • A raffish experiment: The writings of Rex Cramphorn; Maxwell I; University of Sydney/Research & Development.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Maxwell, I. (2003). Phat Beats, Dope Rhymes: Hip Hop Down Under Comin' Upper. Connecticut: Wesleyan Universtiy Press.

Edited Books

  • Maxwell, I. (2009). "A Raffish Experiment": The Collected Writings of Rex Cramphorn. Australia: Currency Press.
  • Maxwell, I. (2008). Being There: After-Proceedings of the 2006 Conference of the Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. Sydney: http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/2470.

Book Chapters

  • Maxwell, I. (2009). Introduction. In Ian Maxwell (Eds.), "A Raffish Experiment": The Collected Writings of Rex Cramphorn, (pp. 1-10). Australia: Currency Press.
  • Maxwell, I. (2008). "Who were you?": the visible and the visceral. In Maaike Bleeker (Eds.), Anatomy Live: Performance and the Operating Theatre, (pp. 49-66). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  • Maxwell, I. (2008). The ritualization of performance (studies). In Graham St John (Eds.), Victor Turner and contemporary cultural performance, (pp. 59-75). Oxford, New York: Berghahn Books.
  • Maxwell, I. (2008). There's no there there. In Gerry Bloustien, Margaret Peters and Susan Luckman (Eds.), Sonic synergies: music, technology, community, identity, (pp. 79-89). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.
  • Maxwell, I., Buckley, D., Pepper, M., Murphy, B. (2007). Australia's International Profile: Panel Discussion. In John Clarke, Peter Mccallum and Ian Maxwell (Eds.), Australian Arts: Where the Bloody Hell Are You? Australian Arts in an International Context: Proceedings of a Symposium held at University of Sydney on 8 December 2006, (pp. 23-50). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Maxwell, I. (2007). Introductory Essay: Advocating Australian Arts. In John Clarke, Peter Mccallum and Ian Maxwell (Eds.), Australian Arts: Where the Bloody Hell Are You? Australian Arts in an International Context: Proceedings of a Symposium held at University of Sydney on 8 December 2006, (pp. 1-22). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Maxwell, I. (2006). "Runnin' Amok". An Acoustemology of Place Resounding in Penrith, Western Sydney. In Gay McAuley (Eds.), Unstable Ground: Performance and the Politics of Place, (pp. 45-61). Brussels, Belgium: P.I.E. Peter Lang S.A.
  • Maxwell, I. (2005). Jim Sharman. In Shomit Mitter; Maria Shevtsova (Eds.), Fifty Key Theatre Directors, (pp. 212-217). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Maxwell, I. (2005). Neil Armfield. In Shomit Mitter; Maria Shevtsova (Eds.), Fifty Key Theatre Directors, (pp. 236-242). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Maxwell, I. (2005). Rex Cramphorn. In Shomit Mitter; Maria Shevtsova (Eds.), Fifty Key Theatre Directors, (pp. 178-185). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Maxwell, I. (2002). Retrospecting: The Midday Movie and the History of Australian Painting. In Ginters, Laura and Campbell, Barbara (Eds.), Flesh Winnow: Barbara Campbell, (pp. 33-38). Sydney: BMJ Publishing Group.
  • Maxwell, I. (2002). The curse of fandom: insiders, outsiders and ethnography. In Hesmondhalgh, David and Negus, Keith (Eds.), Popular Music Studies, (pp. 103-116). London: Arnold / Hodder Headline Group.
  • Maxwell, I. (2001). Acting and the Limits of Professional Craft Knowledge. In Joy Higgs & Angie Titchen (Eds.), Practice Knowledge and Expertise in the Health Professions, (pp. 102-107). United States: Butterworth Heinemann.
  • Maxwell, I., Higgs, J., Fredericks, I., Spence, L. (2001). Developing Creative Arts Expertise. In J. Higgs and A. Titchen (Eds.), Professional Practice in Health, Education and the Creative Arts, (pp. 238-250). United States: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Maxwell, I. (2001). Sydney Stylee: Hip-Hop Down Under Comin' Up. In Mitchell, Tony (Eds.), Global Noise: Rap and Hip-Hop Outside the USA, (pp. 259-279). Middletown, Connecticut: Sage Publications.

Journals

  • Maxwell, I. (2013). The Calculus of Risk: Rex Cramphorn's 1988 'Measure for Measure'. Australasian Drama Studies, 62, 6-24.
  • Maxwell, I. (2012). Seas as Places: Towards a Maritime Chorography. Shima: the international journal of research into island cultures, 6(1), 22-24.
  • Maxwell, I. (2010). 'Do You Really Want It?'. Australasian Drama Studies, 57, 10-13.
  • Maxwell, I. (2009). A heterodox view from Sydney: Rex Cramphorn and the new wave. Double Dialogues, 11(Winter 2009), 1-13.
  • Maxwell, I. (2008). 'All Exercise Sessions to Take Place in Complete Silence': Performance Syndicate and the Rise and Fall of the Grotowskian Ideal 1969–1974. Australasian Drama Studies, 53(October), 17-41.
  • Maxwell, I. (2007). Music as a Cultural System: Sensibility and Interpretation. Context: Journal of Music Research, 31, 5-20.
  • Maxwell, I. (2006). Book Review: Electoral Guerilla Theatre: Radical Ridicule and Social Movements. Australasian Drama Studies, 49, 122-124.
  • Maxwell, I. (2006). Book Review: The Path of the Actor. Australasian Drama Studies, 49, 132-134.
  • Maxwell, I. (2006). Parallel Evolution: Performance Studies at the University of Sydney. TDR - the Drama Review, 50(1), 33-45.
  • Maxwell, I. (2005). Book Review: Deadly Sounds, Deadly Places: Contemporary Aboriginal Music in Australia. Resonate: engage with Australia's new music scene, 65, 54-55.
  • Maxwell, I. (2005). The once and future Performance Space. RealTime: +onscreen, 64(Jan-Feb).
  • Maxwell, I. (2005). When Worlds Collide: a Subculture Writes Back. Perfect Beat:the Pacific journal of research into contemporary music and popular culture, 7(2), 3-19.
  • Maxwell, I. (2004). Book review: Performance and Evolution in the Age of Darwin: Out of the Natural Order. Australasian Drama Studies, 44, 130-132.
  • Maxwell, I. (2004). More than 'Dead pet acting': legacies of Stanislavsky. Sydney Studies in English, 30(2004), 93-110.
  • Maxwell, I. (2003). Access All Areas: Reflections on TripleAlice 1. About Performance, (5), 65-72.
  • Maxwell, I. (2003). Book Review: Re:Direction: A Theoretical and Practical Guide. Australasian Drama Studies, 43(October 2003), 195-197.
  • Maxwell, I. (2001). Book Review: 100 Years of Cruelty: Essays on Artaud. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 2(1), 250-256.
  • Maxwell, I. (2001). Book Review: Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas. Australasian Drama Studies, 38, 114-118.
  • Maxwell, I. (2001). Book Review: Shaping Society Through Dance: Mestizo Ritual Performance in the Peruvian Andes. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 12(3), 407-409.
  • Maxwell, I. (2001). Learning in/through crisis. Australasian Drama Studies, 39, 43-57.
  • Maxwell, I., Winning, F. (2001). Towards a Critical Practice: A Model for Talking and Writing about Community Art Works. Artwork: Community Arts Network SA Inc, (49), 8-20.

Conferences

  • Maxwell, I. (2008). Being there: after. An introduction to the Proceedings of the 2006 Conference of the Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. 2006 Conference of the Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Clark, J., McCallum, P., Maxwell, I. (2007). Australian Arts: Where the Bloody Hell Are You? Australian Arts in an International Context: Proceedings of a Symposium held at University of Sydney on 8 December 2006. Australian Arts in an International Context: Symposium held at University of Sydney, Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Maxwell, I. (2006). Another menace to lead the youth astray. The Australian.

Other

  • Maxwell, I. (2006), The middle years: Death Defying Theatre transformed.

2013

  • Maxwell, I. (2013). The Calculus of Risk: Rex Cramphorn's 1988 'Measure for Measure'. Australasian Drama Studies, 62, 6-24.

2012

  • Maxwell, I. (2012). Seas as Places: Towards a Maritime Chorography. Shima: the international journal of research into island cultures, 6(1), 22-24.

2010

  • Maxwell, I. (2010). 'Do You Really Want It?'. Australasian Drama Studies, 57, 10-13.

2009

  • Maxwell, I. (2009). "A Raffish Experiment": The Collected Writings of Rex Cramphorn. Australia: Currency Press.
  • Maxwell, I. (2009). A heterodox view from Sydney: Rex Cramphorn and the new wave. Double Dialogues, 11(Winter 2009), 1-13.
  • Maxwell, I. (2009). Introduction. In Ian Maxwell (Eds.), "A Raffish Experiment": The Collected Writings of Rex Cramphorn, (pp. 1-10). Australia: Currency Press.

2008

  • Maxwell, I. (2008). "Who were you?": the visible and the visceral. In Maaike Bleeker (Eds.), Anatomy Live: Performance and the Operating Theatre, (pp. 49-66). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  • Maxwell, I. (2008). 'All Exercise Sessions to Take Place in Complete Silence': Performance Syndicate and the Rise and Fall of the Grotowskian Ideal 1969–1974. Australasian Drama Studies, 53(October), 17-41.
  • Maxwell, I. (2008). Being There: After-Proceedings of the 2006 Conference of the Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. Sydney: http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/2470.
  • Maxwell, I. (2008). Being there: after. An introduction to the Proceedings of the 2006 Conference of the Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. 2006 Conference of the Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Maxwell, I. (2008). The ritualization of performance (studies). In Graham St John (Eds.), Victor Turner and contemporary cultural performance, (pp. 59-75). Oxford, New York: Berghahn Books.
  • Maxwell, I. (2008). There's no there there. In Gerry Bloustien, Margaret Peters and Susan Luckman (Eds.), Sonic synergies: music, technology, community, identity, (pp. 79-89). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.

2007

  • Maxwell, I., Buckley, D., Pepper, M., Murphy, B. (2007). Australia's International Profile: Panel Discussion. In John Clarke, Peter Mccallum and Ian Maxwell (Eds.), Australian Arts: Where the Bloody Hell Are You? Australian Arts in an International Context: Proceedings of a Symposium held at University of Sydney on 8 December 2006, (pp. 23-50). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Clark, J., McCallum, P., Maxwell, I. (2007). Australian Arts: Where the Bloody Hell Are You? Australian Arts in an International Context: Proceedings of a Symposium held at University of Sydney on 8 December 2006. Australian Arts in an International Context: Symposium held at University of Sydney, Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Maxwell, I. (2007). Introductory Essay: Advocating Australian Arts. In John Clarke, Peter Mccallum and Ian Maxwell (Eds.), Australian Arts: Where the Bloody Hell Are You? Australian Arts in an International Context: Proceedings of a Symposium held at University of Sydney on 8 December 2006, (pp. 1-22). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Maxwell, I. (2007). Music as a Cultural System: Sensibility and Interpretation. Context: Journal of Music Research, 31, 5-20.

2006

  • Maxwell, I. (2006). "Runnin' Amok". An Acoustemology of Place Resounding in Penrith, Western Sydney. In Gay McAuley (Eds.), Unstable Ground: Performance and the Politics of Place, (pp. 45-61). Brussels, Belgium: P.I.E. Peter Lang S.A.
  • Maxwell, I. (2006). Another menace to lead the youth astray. The Australian.
  • Maxwell, I. (2006). Book Review: Electoral Guerilla Theatre: Radical Ridicule and Social Movements. Australasian Drama Studies, 49, 122-124.
  • Maxwell, I. (2006). Book Review: The Path of the Actor. Australasian Drama Studies, 49, 132-134.
  • Maxwell, I. (2006). Parallel Evolution: Performance Studies at the University of Sydney. TDR - the Drama Review, 50(1), 33-45.
  • Maxwell, I. (2006), The middle years: Death Defying Theatre transformed.

2005

  • Maxwell, I. (2005). Book Review: Deadly Sounds, Deadly Places: Contemporary Aboriginal Music in Australia. Resonate: engage with Australia's new music scene, 65, 54-55.
  • Maxwell, I. (2005). Jim Sharman. In Shomit Mitter; Maria Shevtsova (Eds.), Fifty Key Theatre Directors, (pp. 212-217). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Maxwell, I. (2005). Neil Armfield. In Shomit Mitter; Maria Shevtsova (Eds.), Fifty Key Theatre Directors, (pp. 236-242). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Maxwell, I. (2005). Rex Cramphorn. In Shomit Mitter; Maria Shevtsova (Eds.), Fifty Key Theatre Directors, (pp. 178-185). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Maxwell, I. (2005). The once and future Performance Space. RealTime: +onscreen, 64(Jan-Feb).
  • Maxwell, I. (2005). When Worlds Collide: a Subculture Writes Back. Perfect Beat:the Pacific journal of research into contemporary music and popular culture, 7(2), 3-19.

2004

  • Maxwell, I. (2004). Book review: Performance and Evolution in the Age of Darwin: Out of the Natural Order. Australasian Drama Studies, 44, 130-132.
  • Maxwell, I. (2004). More than 'Dead pet acting': legacies of Stanislavsky. Sydney Studies in English, 30(2004), 93-110.

2003

  • Maxwell, I. (2003). Access All Areas: Reflections on TripleAlice 1. About Performance, (5), 65-72.
  • Maxwell, I. (2003). Book Review: Re:Direction: A Theoretical and Practical Guide. Australasian Drama Studies, 43(October 2003), 195-197.
  • Maxwell, I. (2003). Phat Beats, Dope Rhymes: Hip Hop Down Under Comin' Upper. Connecticut: Wesleyan Universtiy Press.

2002

  • Maxwell, I. (2002). Retrospecting: The Midday Movie and the History of Australian Painting. In Ginters, Laura and Campbell, Barbara (Eds.), Flesh Winnow: Barbara Campbell, (pp. 33-38). Sydney: BMJ Publishing Group.
  • Maxwell, I. (2002). The curse of fandom: insiders, outsiders and ethnography. In Hesmondhalgh, David and Negus, Keith (Eds.), Popular Music Studies, (pp. 103-116). London: Arnold / Hodder Headline Group.

2001

  • Maxwell, I. (2001). Acting and the Limits of Professional Craft Knowledge. In Joy Higgs & Angie Titchen (Eds.), Practice Knowledge and Expertise in the Health Professions, (pp. 102-107). United States: Butterworth Heinemann.
  • Maxwell, I. (2001). Book Review: 100 Years of Cruelty: Essays on Artaud. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 2(1), 250-256.
  • Maxwell, I. (2001). Book Review: Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas. Australasian Drama Studies, 38, 114-118.
  • Maxwell, I. (2001). Book Review: Shaping Society Through Dance: Mestizo Ritual Performance in the Peruvian Andes. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 12(3), 407-409.
  • Maxwell, I., Higgs, J., Fredericks, I., Spence, L. (2001). Developing Creative Arts Expertise. In J. Higgs and A. Titchen (Eds.), Professional Practice in Health, Education and the Creative Arts, (pp. 238-250). United States: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Maxwell, I. (2001). Learning in/through crisis. Australasian Drama Studies, 39, 43-57.
  • Maxwell, I. (2001). Sydney Stylee: Hip-Hop Down Under Comin' Up. In Mitchell, Tony (Eds.), Global Noise: Rap and Hip-Hop Outside the USA, (pp. 259-279). Middletown, Connecticut: Sage Publications.
  • Maxwell, I., Winning, F. (2001). Towards a Critical Practice: A Model for Talking and Writing about Community Art Works. Artwork: Community Arts Network SA Inc, (49), 8-20.

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