Kelting Lily

Prof. Lily Kelting
Ph.D. – Theatre & Drama | University of California - USA

Prof. Lily Kelting
Ph.D. in Theatre & Drama; M.A.; B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University
Postdoctoral Fellow, InterArt from Freie Universität, Germany

Assistant Professor – Literary & Cultural Studies

Lily is originally from New York, NY, with a Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama from the joint programs of University of California, San Diego and Irvine. Lily holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Classics from Barnard College, Columbia University and a diploma from Phillips Academy, Andover.

After her postdoctoral fellowship at the Freie Universität Berlin, she worked as a cultural journalist and theater and dance critic for NPR Berlin and Exberliner Magazine, as well as writing blogs for major international festivals such as Theatertreffen and Tanz im August. The only thing more fun than writing about theater is making it. Her favorite theater experiences have included performing as a golem in Lauren Yee's The Hatmaker's Wife [A Man, His Wife, and His Hat] at the Moxie Theater in San Diego, California, and staging an interactive performance installation (Temporary Autonomous Zone of Caring) on the streets of Berlin in the dead of winter.

Lily Kelting's current research focuses on performance artists using food as a medium to create new languages around race, gender and ethnicity in supposedly "postracial" contemporary Germany. Previous work on white nostalgia's performative role in the "new U.S. southern food" movement has been published in Food, Culture and Society, Southern Quarterly, and Paragrana. Her teaching interests reflect her range of research-- from "Food on Film" to "Critical Theory for Theatermakers". 

Edited Volumes:

  • Editor, with Sarah Dornhof and Nina Graeff. F(r)ictions of Art. Paragrana 25.2: de Gruyter (Fall 2016).

Peer Reviewed:

  • “Theatertreffen 2017: Days of Loops and Fog.” European Stages v. 10 (November 2017).
  • “Kimchi and Other Others: Food Performance in Contemporary Berlin.” Performance Review (On Taste) 22.1 (June 2017).
  • “The Entanglement of Nostalgia and Utopia in Contemporary Southern Food Cookbooks.” Food, Culture, and Society 19.2 (May 2016).
  • “Performing Multicultural Futures on Atlanta’s Buford Highway.” Southern Quarterly (Winter 2016).

Articles and book chapters:

  • “Remembering Edna Lewis: Edna Lewis and the Melancholia of Country Cooking” in Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original. Chapel Hill: UNC Press (Spring 2018). Forthcoming.
  • “Between Nostalgia and History in the US South: Fictions of the Black Waiter on Film” in F(r)ictions of Art. Eds Kelting, Dornhof, Graeff. Paragrana 25.1: de Gruyter (Fall 2016).
  • “Lunch Break: The Culinary Theatrics of La Jolla Playhouse’s Cornerstone.” TheatreForum 44 (January 2014).