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PERFORMANCE AND POPULISM: Mobilization, Popular Power and Embodiment on the Left


03-05 November 2021 via Zoom


DAY 1  

WEDNESDAY, 03. 11. 2021.

17.00 Belgrade – 08.00 San Francisco – 20.30 New Delhi - 00.00h Melbourne - 11.00 New Jersey - 13.00h Viedma - 16.00 London - Mykolaiv / Athens 18.00 - 12.00 São Paulo.

Duration: 04h05min.

16.45-17.00 (CET)




Welcome and Introduction Word

Conference Organisers and Curators:

Goran Petrović Lotina (University of Warwick; Sciences Po The Paris Institute of Political Studies)

Angela Marino (University of California-Berkeley)



Keynote 1: MARíA ESPERANZA CASULLO (Universidad Nacional de Río Negro)

When the Body Speaks Before It Even Talks: Populism and Synecdochal Representation.

In conversation with: Yannis Stavrakakis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)



Panel 1: Left-Wing Populist Politics and Social Mobilization.

Chair: Igor Štiks (Singidunum University; University of Ljubljana)

1. The Gender and Class-Based Symbolic Representation of the ‘People’ and the Homeland in Spanish Left Populism: Possible Alliances With Feminist Politics?

  • Paloma Caravantes (Rutgers University)

2. Rhetoric of Indignation and Performance in Discourse of Populist Parties Podemos and the Servant of the People.

  • Alina Mozolevska (Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University in Mykolaiv)





Pop-up Performances

Disrupting the City - Public Speaking As a Performative Political Act.

  • Danae Theodoridou (Fontys University of Applied Sciences; Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
  • Luc Debouvry and Lisa Loigge (participant of The Practice of Democracy/ An Analogue Campaign)



Panel 2: Mobilizing the People Through Artistic Performances.

Chair: Milija Gluhović (University of Warwick)

  1. Palmares, a "theatre of the masses" in Brazil: Analysis of the 1944 Performance, During the Populist Period of Getúlio Vargas.
  • Sara Mello Neiva (University of São Paulo)
  1. In The Name of Shivaji: Tracing the Possibilities of Alternative Populism in Maharashtra Through Contesting Genealogies of Performance.
  • Aiswarya Walvekar (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  1. ‘It Can't Happen Here’ in Contemporary Australia.
  • Adam Broinowski (The Australian National University)



THURSDAY, 04.11.2021.

17.00 Zagreb – 08.00 San Francisco – 20.30 New Delhi - 00.00 Melbourne - 11.00 New Jersey - 13.00 Viedma - 16.00 London - Mykolaiv 18.00 - 12.00 São Paulo.

Duration: 04h10min.

16.45-17.00 (CET)



Keynote 2: SREĆKO HORVAT (Philosopher, Author and Political Activist)

Revolution After the Apocalypse?

In conversation with: Vijay Prashad (Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research)



Panel 3: Socialist Pasts and Socialist Futures.

Chair: Silvija Jestrović (University of Warwick)

1. Peronist Mechanics of a Vanished Past: The Argentina Pavilion at the 2015 World’s Fair.

  • David Sheinin (Trent University)

2. A Day of Joy: A Slovak Happening in the 1970s as a Utopian Populist Gesture.

  • Sam Čermak (Queen Mary University of London)

3. The Aesthetics of Defeat: from Melancholy to Mobilisation.

  • Igor Štiks (Singidunum University; University of Ljubljana)




Panel 4: Protest Art and Protest Iconography.

Chair: Silvana Mandolessi (University of Leuven)

1. Space, Movement(s), and the Body of the Community as a New Aesthetics.

  • Marina Gržinić (Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts; Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)
  • Jovita Privtošek (Academy of Visual Arts Ljubljana; Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)

2. The Emperor’s New Clothes: Staging Popular Power through Performative Objects.

  • Sian Rees (University for the Creative Arts)


Panel 5: Public Spaces and the Aesthetics of Resistance.

Chair: Janelle Reinelt (University of Warwick)

1. ‘Unswept stone, besmeared with sluttish time’: Anti-Racist Activism and the Performativity of Statues.

  • Tom Drayton (University of East London)

2. “I am the people”: Performing Solitary Resistance as Anti-Authoritarian Populism.

  • Jason Luger (Northumbria University)
  • Zihan Loo (University of California-Berkeley)



FRIDAY, 05.11.2021.

17.00 Berlin – 08.00 San Francisco – 20.30 New Delhi - 00.00 Melbourne - 11.00 New Jersey - 13.00 Viedma - 16.00 London - Mykolaiv 18.00 - 12.00 São Paulo.

Duration: 03h35min.





Panel 6: Populism as Performance?

Chair: Michael Saward (University of Warwick)

  1. Style, Symptom, Real: A Critique of the Performative Approach to Populism and ‘Paranoia’ in America.
  • Reid Kleinberg (University of Essex)
  1. Performing the Populist Repertoire: An Interdisciplinary Reinterpretation of the Stylistic Approach.
  • Théo Aiolfi (University of Warwick)



Panel 7: The Popular Versus the People.

Chair: Alina Mozolevska (Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University in Mykolaiv)

  1. Remembering the People: Popular Education, Culture, and Class in 1980s Urban Mexico.
  • Brad Wright (Kennesaw State University)
  1. The Refusal of Black Populism: Ideology and Epistemology in Sun Ra’s Musical and Intellectual Performances.
  • Lorenzo Santoro ( Hannah-Arendt-Institut für Totalitarismusforschung e. V. an der TU Dresden)





Artist presentation and talk: Endangered Human Movements.

  • Amanda Piña


Keynote Roundtable: Commune: Mobilizing Popular Power from Geo-Political Souths.

Moderator: Rebecca Struch (University of California-Berkeley)

  • Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson (Highlander Research and Education Center)
  • Meyby Soraya Ugueto Ponce (Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research: IVIC)
  • Charlie Braxton (Poet, Playwright, Journalist)
  • Geo Maher (Vassar College, Global Centre for Advanced Studies)


Closing Remarks



Transcription service will be available after the conference for recorded material. If you require an additional accommodation, please email with 2 days notice in advance of the event.

Organisational Committee

Goran Petrović Lotina | Théo Aiolfi (University of Warwick, UK)

Angela Marino | Rebecca Struch (University of California-Berkeley, US).

Steering Committee

John Burden, Milija Gluhović, Ramón Grosfoguel, Silvija Jestrović, Shirin Rai, Shannon Steen.


The conference Performance and Populism. Mobilization, Popular Power and Embodiment on the Left is organized in partnership between the Institute of Advanced Study, the School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures, the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, and the Politics and Performance Network of the University of Warwick, and the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies of the University of California, Berkeley.


This conference has been conceived and co-organised by Goran Petrović Lotina, as part of his IAS WIRL-COFUND fellowship, jointly funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions COFUND scheme; grant agreement number 713548) and the University of Warwick.


This conference has been co-organised by Angela Marino and funded by the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies of the University of California, Berkeley.



A free registration is required to attend the conference. Registration will open in October.

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