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CCMPS Research Seminar- Dr Ali Fitzgibbon
Online via Teams

Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies - Research Seminars

Teams (Term 1) Wednesdays 4pm-5pm

17th November 2021 Dr Ali FitzGibbon, Queen's University Belfast [link to meeting] 

The devaluation of the artist in theatre and theatre policy, evolving or recurring?

Much has been written about the precarity of the artist and their dependency on institutions. Precarity is a de-economisation of individual artists on which the economy and public policy of theatre relies. This working paper tries to bring together pre-COVID and Rapid Response research. It suggests that the separation of the artist from the language, public policies and policymaking, financial mechanisms, business practices and decision-making of professional subsidised theatre represents a structurally complicit and unethical faultline within the form. The creative and aesthetic processes on which professional theatre depends for its value must be re-embedded within its value systems. COVID19 interrupted and transformed production and delivery and also sent this research in a new direction. How does one avoid a return to an unethical system? What lessons can be taken forward?

Dr Ali FitzGibbon is a Senior Lecturer and Subject Lead for Arts Management and Cultural Policy at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research focuses on decision-making and the ethics and ecologies of contemporary cultural production. particularly performing arts and freelancers/artists. Her doctoral research on the artist as stakeholder was shortlisted for the 2020 ENCATC Research Award and she has published in a range of international journals. She has over 25 years’ experience as a multi-arts producer, programmer and consultant, including conceiving the world’s first Baby Rave in 2005. In 2020, she worked as a creative consultant to the Department for Communities (NI) on proposals for a Arts & Cultural Recovery Strategy, leading to the establishment of the Arts, Culture & Heritage Taskforce. She is Co-Investigator on ‘Freelancers in the Dark’ (ESRC) and ‘Future Screens NI’, part of the UK Creative Industries


24th November 2021 Dr Mafalda Dâmaso, Kings College London [link to meeting]

Based in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, Dr Mafalda Dâmaso's recent publications are: (2021) with Andrew Murray. The EU’s Dualistic Regime of Cultural Diversity Management: The Concept of Culture in the Creative Europe Program (2014-2019; 2021-2027) and in the Strategy for International Cultural Relations (2016–), Journal of Cultural Management and Cultural Policy. (2021) with Culture Action Europe. The situation of artists and cultural workers and the post-COVID-19 Cultural Recovery in the European Union: Background Analysis and Policy Recommendations, Research for the CULT Committee of the European Parliament. Follow @MafaldaDms.

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History Research Seminar - Sudhir Hazareesingh
Online via Teams

Department of History Research Seminar (Online)

Sudhir Hazareesingh (Oxford): ‘Republican fraternity in action: Toussaint Louverture and the Saint-Domingue revolution’

Discussant: Dexnell Peters

Please see this link to register via Teams. You will need to scroll down to week 8 on the list.

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Interdisciplinary French Studies Seminar - Naomi Waltham-Smith
Online via Teams
Naomi Waltham-Smith (Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, Warwick)
Silent Feeling: What French Thought can Tell Us About the Limits of Free Speech