2nd Postgraduate Conference: "From the Speech to the Act - Performativity on the Margins" 2014 London

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  • 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.

    Con­fer­ence Theme

    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.

    Keynote Speaker

    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“

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