Cultures of the Left in the Time of the Pandemic - 1st May 2020
This is the first in our series of conversations under the working title "Cultures of the Left in the time of the Pandemic". This first session held on May 1st, The International Workers' Day included our JNU partners Bishnupriya Dutt and Ameet Parameswaram joining us from New Delhi, Emine Fisek from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Olivera Jokic form CUNY, New York, Igor Stiks from the Faculty of Media and Communication in Belgrade, and Milija Gluhovic and Silvija Jestrovic of SCAPVC tuning in from Birmingham and Leamington Spa, respectively. The following three articles were our point of departure:
'Performing Worksites of the Left' - our Studies in Theatre and Performance Journal special issue is now out!
Edited by Silvija Jestrovic and Ameet Parameswaram, this special issue explores how theatre and performance offer ways of seeing and experiencing the Leftist thought-in-action: as it unfolds within specific time/space frameworks, through distinct rhythms and on different scales, as accumulated critical legacy of the past, and how it exposes new forms of inequalities in the present. 'Performing Worksites of the Left' covers a range of case studies from UK, India, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Germany, featuring contributions from: Milija Gluhovic, Bishupriya Dutt, Silvija Jestrovic, Ameet Parameswaram, Janelle Reinelt, and Igor Stiks, as well as the original cover artwork by Dragan Todorovic.
Our special issue is available in print and on-line:
This conference asks how could both the historical legacy of the Left and its current manifestations and performances contribute to formulating an aesthetic of resistance not only as a reactive practice, but as a way to sustain the politics of inclusion, equality, care for the commons and social justice? We invite contributions from different geographical and political contexts including Latin American, African and Asian countries, as well as case studies from areas that we have been researched more closely within our project: India, Europe, USA.
The conference will take place from April 15th-17th, 2019, at the premises of Warwick University in Venice.
700 word abstracts and short bios to be sent by January 8th, 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org.