This group seeks to focus and foster conversations by and about the relation between anthropology and performance. This can be in the form of anthropology as performance, performance as anthropology, or anthropology of performances or the performative.
It could also be used to exchange literature, information about upcoming events, and general discussion.
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Anthropology, Theatre, and Development: The Transformative Potential of Performance, edited by Jonas Tinius and Alex Flynn. 2015, Palgrave Macmillan.
You can download the introduction 'Reflecting on Political Performance: Introducing Critical Perspetives' (pp.1-28) as a free pdf from the Palgrave website:
Get in touch with me if you are interested in a free review copy.
From Pussy Riot and the Arab Spring to Italian mafia dance, this collection provides an interdisciplinary analysis of relational reflexivity in political performance. By putting anthropological theory into dialogue with international development scholarship and artistic and activist practices, this book highlights how aesthetics and politics interrelate in precarious spheres of social life. The contributors of this innovative interdisciplinary volume raise questions about the transformative potential of participating in and reflecting upon political performances both as individual and as collectives. They also argue that such processes provide a rich field and new pathways for anthropological explorations of peoples' own reflections on humanity, sociality, change, and aspiration. Reflecting on political transformations through performance puts centre stage the ethical dimensions of cultural politics and how we enact political subjectivity.
The following events by the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network might be of interest to members of the group:
PERFORMANCE AND ITS OBJECTS: From Collective to Collection
- with Alan Read and Georgina Guy
- with Laura Cull and Eirini Kartsaki
As a collaborator of Bruno Latour’s AIME team and as a member of the PP network, I have posted a contribution about performance philosophy (http://www.modesofexistence.org/inquiry/?lang=en#a=CONTRIB&c[le...) on the website of « An Inquiry into Modes of Existence ». The contribution was welcomed with interest, since performance philosophy seems to have some interesting points of connection with AIME: the substitution of a philosophy of experience to a philosophy of abstract thesis; questions about the embodiment of thought; "domains", "institutions", "fields" and the way they can either empower or divide the beings that we value, and so on. Thus, if some of you have read Latour’s book and/or know about the inquiry, I just want to let you know that an eventual contribution of your behalf about PP and its connections to AIME will be welcomed with great interest.
You can find all explanations you would need here: www.modesofexistence.org.
You can also email me with any question at email@example.com.
the following seminar at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH) in Cambridge may be of interest to you and/or colleagues. Please excuse cross-posting and share with anyone interested. More information on the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network can be found here.
To sign up to the Network’s mailing list, contact Clare Foster (firstname.lastname@example.org) Jonas Tinius (email@example.com) or visit https://lists.cam.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/ucam-performance-network. Tell us about events related to the idea of performance by emailing: Ucamfirstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing many of you there.
From Primitivism to Transnationalism: Dance as Ethnography in the 1913 Rite of Spring and in Pina Bausch's Cultural Olympiad
Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network Seminar
Monday, February 10, 2014 at CRASSH (Room SG1)
5-7pm. Open to all.
Dr Kate Elswit (Theatre and Performance, University of Bristol)
Dr Lucia Ruprecht (MML, University of Cambridge)
Chair: Daniel Siekhaus (Management/Creative Industries, University of Cambridge and University of St. Andrews)
Kate Elswit is an academic and dancer whose research on performing bodies combines dance history, performance studies theory, German cultural studies, and experimental practice. After a PhD at Cambridge (2009) and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at Stanford University she is now Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Bristol. She won the Gertrude Lippincott Award from the Society of Dance History Scholars for her 2009 essay in TDR: The Drama Review, and the Biennial Sally Banes Publication Prize from the American Society for Theatre Research for her 2008 Modern Drama essay, and is an editor of Dance Theatre Journal. Her book Watching Weimar Dance is forthcoming (OUP, 2014) and she is at work on Movers, Shakers, and Circulators: Structures at Work. She will talk about Pina Bausch’s late style and the Cultural Olympiad.
Lucia Ruprecht’s current research project explores the concept of expression, and its relation to forms of authorship, in the literature, cinema and dance of German Expressionism. Her book Dances of the Self in Heinrich von Kleist, E.T.A. Hoffmann and Heinrich Heine (2006) won a Special Citation for the 2007 de la Torre Bueno Prize. She is co-editor of Performance and Performativity in German Cultural Studies (2003), Cultural Pleasure (2009), and New German Dance Studies (2012). She has completed a project on charisma and virtuosity which was carried out from 2005 to 2010 in collaboration with the research centre Kulturen des Performativen at the Free University Berlin. This resulted in a series of articles on virtuosity, especially in Vaslav Nijinsky’s choreography, and the work of Robert Walser and W.G. Sebald.
Daniel Siekhaus is a final-year PhD candidate in Management Studies at Judge Business School, Cambridge, and an Associate Researcher of the Institute for Capitalizing on Creativity at St Andrews, Scotland. His research project involved a one-year comparative ethnographic study of four European Opera Houses in London, Lyon, Munich, and St Petersburg. Trained as a choreographer at the Ernst Busch Academy of Drama in Berlin, Daniel has a keen interest in dance and recently choreographed the Marlowe Festival’s opening production, Dido Queen of Carthage.
This conference might be of interest to some of you. It takes place in Berlin, 31 Jan to 2 Feb. Some very interesting speakers and discussions on art, theatre, performance, intervention, anthropology. Would be great to see some of you there.
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