The Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) London is kindly inviting you to participate in the 2nd Postgraduate Conference 2014 entitled “From the Speech to the Act – Performativity on the Margins” which will be held on June 13, 2014 in London, United Kingdom.
The word and the body, sound and movement can shape realities on the margins of neoliberal homogenizing discourses. Linguistic utterances and acts can create social realities; they have transformative power and speak directly to both individual and collective identities. The 2014 CCLPS Postgraduate Conference will explore the potential of performativity (both as speech and as action) in the construction of alternative realities within the globalized scenario.
We invite papers that investigate the performative traits of culture, the potential of the oral, the new ‘aesthetic of the performative’ in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Areas of inquiry could include, but are not limited to: theatre, oral storytelling, improvisation, comedy, performance, music and singing and may emanate from a diverse range of research fields such as: literature, theatre, philosophy, performance, history, art, cultural studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, etc.
Selected papers will be published in the SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research.
Charles Tripp is Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East and a Fellow of the British Academy. His research interests include the nature of autocracy, state and resistance in the Middle East, the politics of Islamic identity and the relationship between art and power. He is currently working on a study of the emergence of the public and the rethinking of republican ideals across the states of North Africa. Together with other colleagues in the department he has been one of the founders of the Centre for Comparative Political Thought at SOAS.
His publications include Islam and the Moral Economy:
- The Challenge of Capitalism (Cambridge University Press, 2006);
- A History of Iraq (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
- The Power and the People: Paths of Resistance in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Panels and Presentations
Beyond Boundaries: Dynamics of Geography
- Katja Janssen – University of Leipzig: “Choosing Palestine, Choosing Marginality“
- Ying Cheng – SOAS, University of London: “Mi Ò Ní Choice – Performing Uneven Mobility in Contemporary Nigerian Theatre“
- Geetha Creffield – Goldsmiths, University of London: “South Asian Migrant Diaporic Performativity in Singapore’“
Mediums of Performative (Re)Production
- Angela Becher – SOAS, University of London: “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: China’s Iconic Architecture in Animation Films“
- Katia Tzarkova Pisetzky – SOAS, University of London: “On Being Tibetan: The Online Poetics of Writing a Nation and the Silences of Crafting a State“
- Alexandria Milton – SOAS, University of London: “A Legacy of Performative Rhythms in the Latin American Short Story“
Forging New Paths: Performance and Resistance
- Ignacio Agrimbau – SOAS, University of London: “The Ghanaian Xylophonist Kobom Woma: To Follow or Not Follow the Cows“
- Irene Fernández Ramos – SOAS, University of London: “Storytelling, Agency and Community-building through Playback Theatre in Palestine“
- Deborah Newton – Leeds Metropolitan University: “Performativity and the Performer-Audience Relationship: Shifting Perspectives and Collapsing Binaries“