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Yael Feiler

Senior lecturer

Yael Feiler
Senior lecturer
+46 31 786 1950

Room number: E325
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 405 30 Göteborg

About Yael Feiler

I was born and raised in Israel, where I was trained and worked as an actress and playwright. My first play Isha my ha'adama ( Woman of Earth) won an award at A'cco Theatre Festival 1981. 1982 I was nominated as a playwright for the prestigious Kinor David (David's Harp) prize.
After moving to Sweden in 1983, I focused on Theatre Studies and completed my doctoral thesis at Stockholm University 2004: The Nation and his wife: Feminism and Nationalism in Israel as seen through the Plays of Miriam Kainy.
After my dissertation 2004, I have been working as a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Theatre Studies, Stockholm University.
During 2009-2013 I was employed at Södertörn University, where I was responsible for a drama course combining theory and artistic practice. I have also taught courses within Teacher Education at Stockholm University and at Södertörn University. I have also held different administrative positions such as Student Advisor and Director of Studies.

A notable research project I conducted 2005-2008 revolved around the reception of three European productions of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, with a particular focus on its anti -Semitic content.
2008, I conducted a survey on behalf of The Writers’ Guild of Sweden and wrote a report on a number of Swedish theatre’s procedures and criteria regarding recruitment of playwrights, with a particular focus on gender and equality.
2009/2010, I was responsible for a project on behalf of the Multicultural Centre, Sweden & the Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs, mapping transnational cultural activities in Sweden.

I am particularly interested in the theatre’s social and political importance and its relationship to the surrounding community, which is why the application of critical theories such as Gender and Post Colonial theories on the field are central to my research as well as to my teaching.
Here at the Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion, I am employed as a Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies teaching in all modules at undergraduate level.

Parallel to my academic work, I have over the years been engaged in artistic activities as a theatre director, dramaturge and translator of drama. I am also active as a journalist, debater and lecturer. Have been engaged as a member of the Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs’ reference group for the independent theatre groups.


Referee-articles and chapters in books

  • 2005 "A Bizarre Entrance of the Ethnic Other" i Ethnicity and Identity: Global Performance, Jaipur: Rawat Publication, (s.249-255)
  • 2007 "Shylock i rörelse: då och nu" (med Willmar Sauter), i Feiler & Sauter (red) Shakespeares Shylock och antisemitismen Stockholm: Theatron serien (s.21-59)
  • 2007 “Cultural Context and Contextual Theatricality: Audience Survey and the Theatrical Event” i Nordic Theatre Studies (s. 81-88)
  • 2007 & 2009 ”Manifesto for an Israeli She Monster” in Sue Ellen Case & Elaine Aston (ed) Staging International Feminisms, Palgrave – Macmilaln (s. 203-211) och i Emmy Unuja Idegu (ed), Feminist Aeshetics and Dramaturgy of Irene Salami-Agunloye, TW Press And Publishers, Nigeria (s. 134-144)
  • 2010 ”Den nationella diskursens soldat och jag: Om den israeliska kvinnans subjektpositions vara eller icke” i Cecilia Åse, Maria Wendt & Maria Janssons (red) Den nationella väven. Feministiska analyser, Studentlitteratur
 (s. 173- 196).
  • 2010 ”What happens when The Merchant of Venice is being staged:
A comparative analysis of the reception of three Europian productions”,
 i Feiler & Sauter (red) Shakespeares Shylock och antisemitism, (ny upplaga), Stockholm: Theatron serien (s. 133-162).
  • 2011 ”Från färgblindhet till färgseende: om representation, etnicitet och makt i scenkonsten” i Farahani, Hübinette, Hörnfeldt och Leon Rosales (red), Om ras och vithet i det samtida Sverige Mångkulturellt centrum (s. 167-186).


  • 2009 Att välja och att välja bort: en rapport om ett antal svenska teatrars rutiner och kriterier gällande rekrytering av dramatiker, med särskilt fokus på genus och jämställdhet. Stockholm: Sveriges dramatikerförbund, 51 sidor.
  • 2010 Transnationell kultur i marginalen: ett vitalt fenomen i motvind, Rapport från ett kartläggningsprojekt för Mångkulturellt centrum med stöd av Statens kulturråd. Tumba: Mångkulturellt centrum, 48 sidor.
  • 2011 Berättarnas berättelser: en rapport och analys av ett antal svenska dramatikers tankar kring om hur dramatikerna knyts till teaterarna och hur den konstnärliga processen ser ut i förhållande till kön. Sverige Dramatikerförbund, 76 sidor.


(Photo: Jon Edergren)

Latest publications

Teaterfältet synas i sömmarna - anteckningar om ett fältarbete
Yael Feiler
Humanister i fält. Metoder och möjligheter / Åsa Arping, Christer Ekholm & Katarina Leppänen [red], Göteborg, LIR. skrifter, Chapter in book 2016
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Teaterfältet synas i sömmarna - anteckningar om ett fältarbete
Yael Feiler
Humanister i fält. Metoder och möjligheter / Åsa Arping, Christer Ekholm & Katarina Leppänen [red], Göteborg, LIR. skrifter, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book


Showing 1 - 3 of 3

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