Politics, Memory and Performance

9 May 2016, 17:00 - 19:00

Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Dr Paul Connerton (University of Cambridge)
Dr Mischa Twitchin (Queen Mary University of London)

Anthropologist Dr Paul Connerton and theatre researcher and practitioner Dr Mischa Twitchin will explore how politics, collective memory and performance intersect. To what extent is ‘making memory’ grounded in the theatrical? What can concepts in performance tell about the struggles over memory?

Paul Connerton is the author of How Societies Remember (Cambridge University Press, 1989), How Modernity Forgets (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and The Spirit of Mourning (Cambridge University Press, 2011). His talk is taken from his upcoming book On the Nature of Relic.

Mischa Twitchin is a British Academy Post-doctoral Fellow at the Drama Dept., Queen Mary, University of London: http://www.sed.qmul.ac.uk/staff/twitchinm.html. His book The Theatre of Death: The Uncanny in Mimesis will be published by Palgrave Macmillan this summer. Besides his academic work, he also makes performances, examples of which can be seen on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/user13124826/videos.

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Open to all.  No registration required.
Part of the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network (CIPN), series.

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