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Thursday, September 5 • 9:30am - 11:00am
Working Group Session 2: Performance, Identity and Community

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Session Title: Politicizing pasts and futures

This panel responds to the working group’s call to examine the intersection of performance, progress and futurity, by proposing to explore past legacies and concomitant assumptions surrounding artistic practice which can be identified as ‘political’. What is the promise of the political in the theatre and, more broadly, how does it structure projections of the future and appreciations of the past? How does a misconstrued indebtedness to the past limit our movement to a different form of progress, and how can past and present be re-politicized for the future? The panel consists of four provocations that focus on diverse examples to interrogate how we may draw upon a politicized understanding of the recent past to shape interventions that could define a political theatre for the future. 


Tom Cornford

TaPRA Executive Curated Panel:Dr Tom Cornford (The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London): ‘Undoing Language’ This provocation will address some ways in which whiteness shapes research, not only in terms of its content, but the theoretical standpoints... Read More →
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Marilena Zaroulia

University of Winchester
Marilena Zaroulia is Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Winchester. Her research focuses on theatre and the cultural politics of post-1989 Europe. She co-edited Performances of Capitalism, Crises and Resistance: Inside/Outside Europe in 2015 and her piece about the NT's... Read More →

Tony Fisher

The Political Work of Art as “Speech Act” – the Efficacy Debate ReframedWriting in response to Sartre’s essay on engaged literature, Adorno proclaimed: ‘This is not the time for political works of art; rather politics has migrated into the autonomous work of art, and it... Read More →

Philip Hager

Remembering Europe’s future in ‘a time of our own creation’ Mauyra Wickstrom opens her recent book Fiery Temporalities in Theatre and Performance: The Initiation of History, with the proposition that by ‘invent[ing] or inaugurat[ing] particular types of time’, theatre can... Read More →

Thursday September 5, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am BST
Thornlea: White House 1