P&P&P Finale 2016

A collabaration between Women’s Studies & Drama and Theatre Studies, University College Cork.Wednesday 14th September in CACSSS Seminar Room, ORB. 2pm – 5.30pm

2pm-3pm: Key note 1: Sarah Thornton, Collective Encounters, Liverpool, UK. “Theatre for Change: Collective Encounters’ and the Multitude of Opposition.”

3-3.15 Tea/coffee break

3.15-4.15 Keynote 2: Pieter Verstraete, Lecturer, University in Ankara, Turkey. “How Did We Get Here?”Protest Culture, Political Theatre and Performative Protest in Turkey

Short break
4.20- 5.30 Roundtable discussion: What’s the academy got to do with it?
The roundtable brings together a range of perspectives across the arts and academy to consider the current culture of crisis and crisis in cultures. Each speaker will offer a brief provocation on their own approaches and perspectives on the intersections of arts, activism and the academy. As a final event to the Performance & Politics & Protest event supported by the Strategic Research Fund we hope you will join us for a lively conversation to kick off the new semester.Participants will include: Sarah Thornton, Pieter Verstraete, Julie Kelleher, Sandra McAvoy, and others to be confirmed.

This is the final instalment of a series of symposia over the last year incudling:

Performance & Politics & Protest
https://performancepoliticsprotest2015.wordpress.com/

BodyStories 2016
https://bodystories2016.wordpress.com/schedule/

These events have been funded by the UCC Stategic Research Fund
https://www.ucc.ie/en/research/funding/finding_funding/strategic_research/

Video of Bodystories and P&P&P: k https://youtu.be/HFqiHg09YBA

ARCHIVE: Sept. 2015

Keynote slides: http://www.slideshare.net/vacall/skillful-digital-activism-cultivating-media-ecologies-for-transformative-social-change

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Recent international political movements–such as Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring, the Euromaidan demonstrations in Ukraine, and the Maple Spring student protests in Quebec, and the Marriage Equality changes in Ireland and the USA–ask us to consider how sweeping socio-political change emerges. As a starting point this symposium will consider a range of on-going issues: What role, if any, do the arts play in moments of (dramatic) political change? In the on-going decade of crisis, how can performance and the arts more broadly both provoke and respond to change? How can the immediacy of performance enable political action? What is the role and efficacy of the arts in the (r)evolution of our thinking, law-making, policy decisions, etc.? As the metrics of efficacy permeate every aspect of contemporary life, in what ways can performance engage other registers of what matters or ‘counts’? Does performance have the potential to engender a sea-change in public attitudes that interrupts or re-configures the mandate of daily life? In what way does performance offer an alternative to violent eruptions?  Does it diffuse momentum or empower action? How do the arts make us aware of the complexity of violence, asking us to question its systematization, representation and formation? Can participatory arts practices engaging communities at local levels develop progressive and sustainable change? What are the tensions and synergies between the street and the screen as sites of activism? Where is change located? How do international networks and social media generate momentum from grassroots organizations, which both raises consciousness of and challenges gender/raced/classed-power relations? With the on-going performance actions by groups like IMELDA (Ireland Making England the Legal Destination for Abortion) and the viral performance of ‘Pantigate’, Repeal the 8th protests, and the Right to Water group marches alongside the international movements for change, this is an opportune moment to examine modes, methods and tactics of protest and to explore what role performance plays in effecting socio-political change.

In this context UCC’s Women’s Studies, School of Applied Social Studies, Drama & Theatre Studies (School of Music & Theatre), and ‘Culture as Performance/Performance as Culture’ research cluster, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures are hosting a one day symposium to reflect on the intersections of performance and political life, the efficacy and strategies of performance, and ways in which performative actions can enable protests and processes of political change to remain open, non-violent and represent the complexities of the issues at stake.

Confirmed keynote speaker: Vikki Callahan, Associate Professor of Practice in the Division of Media Arts + Practice, University of Southern California, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses focused on the integration of theory and practice with attention to issues of digital culture, social media + remix, transmedia, and media strategies for social change. See:  http://goo.gl/pLJfzc

This event is supported by funding from the School of Music and Theatre, MA in Women’s Studies, Department of Applied Social Science and the Graduate Studies Masterclass Series, University College Cork.

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