James Thompson is Professor of Applied and Social Theatre and Associate Vice President for Social Responsibility at the University of Manchester. He is the Founder and Co-Director of In Place of War and has developed and run theatre projects in Africa and South Asia (principally DR Congo and Sri Lanka).   He has written widely on theatre applied to conflict, peacebuilding, and reconciliation and his most recent books are Performance Affects: Applied Theatre and the End of Effect (2009) andHumanitarian Performance: from Disaster Tragedies to Spectacles of War (2014).