&copy; Caleb Johnston</p>
	&copy; Caleb Johnston</p>

© Caleb Johnston

I am a Lecturer in Human Geography at Newcastle University. My work engages the intersection of performance and politics, with interests in testimony, witnessing, subaltern urbanisms and precarious labour. I have a long history in political theatre, having curated several main stage productions (City of Dreams, Counter Mapping, Do You See What I Mean?). I also co-wrote and co-produced Nanay, a site-specific testimonial theatre project engendering public debate about Canada’s Live-In Caregiver Program. This work premiered at Vancouver’s PuSh Festival (2009), and went on to tour to Berlin’s HAU1 Theatre (2009), Edinburgh (2012), Whitehorse (2015), and Metro Manila (2013; 2015). With Geraldine Pratt, I've recently finished working on a new theatre project with Tlingit and Filipino theatre artists in the city of Whitehorse. This piece revolves around a game of bingo wherein audience members participate as bingo players and potential storytellers. The playfulness of the event provides an occasion for serious play around shared histories of dispossession, structural racism, and to complicate the relationship between First Nation communities and Filipino migrants in the Canadian North.  

Research Interests

Performance and politics

Testimony, witnessing and theatre  

Subaltern urbanism and adivasi resistance

Migration, labour and global care


Lecturer in Human Geography    2017 -
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
Newcastle University

Lecturer in Human Geography
    2013 - 2016
Institute of Geography
University of Edinburgh


Ph.D. University of British Columbia 2010
MA UBC, Geography 2006
BA UBC, Geography 2004

Current Service

Steering committee member of the Glasgow, Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network

Editor for Creative Interventions in Studies for Social Justice

Editorial board member for Environment and Planning D: Society and Space