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November 2012 Events

Coriolan/us Symposium

Aberystwyth University

Monday, November 26th

The Performance and Politics Research Group at Aberystwyth is organising a one-day symposium on Monday 26 November to discuss the innovative and exciting production of Coriolan/us by National Theatre Wales. Professor Mike Pearson will begin by showing extracts from a DVD of the performance and offering his thoughts as director of the production. We will then have presentations by Dr Andrew Filmer (TFTS, Aberystwyth), Professor Adrian Kear (TFTS, Aberystwyth) and Prof. Dr. Patrick Primavesi (Universität Leipzig).Described by The Observer
as “an outstanding production that makes several big points about the theatre today…an unforgettable political and personal drama: rich, tough and resonant,” and by The Financial Times
“a production that brilliantly conveys the confusion, unpredictability and opportunism of civil strife,”
this was a inspiring promenade performance that took place in an aircraft hanger on a military airfield west of Cardiff during the summer.We would like to extend an invitation to colleagues from the Warwick Politics and Performance Network to join us. The day should be worth the journey!

A flyer is attached:

Performance and Politics Research Group:

Further information: Professor Jenny Edkins, or Professor Mike Pearson,

International ConferenceImages of Terror, Narratives of (In)security:

Literary, Artistic and Cultural Responses


23rd and 24th April 2013

University of Lisbon

One of the greatest paradoxes of the 21st century is the fact that, even though western societies have reached an outstanding scientific and technological development, fear and insecurity continue to be very much alive in public discourse as well as in our private life. Concerns about terrorism, urban criminality, global epidemics, computer piracy and organized crime and, more recently, about the outcomes of the financial and economic crises circulate widely in the media and their highly politicized representations shape much of our everyday life.

Since the launching of the "war on terror" in the wake of the September 11th attacks, anxieties about security have grown intensively, justifying the strengthening of security policies and practices, not only in the US but all over the world. Despite this trend, other less "spectacular" forms of terror continue to have actual repercussions in our lives. In fact, a survey by the European Commission (released in November 2011) found that 34% percent of Europeans consider the financial situation rather than so-called "terrorism” as the biggest threat to European security. To what extent are many of these (in)securities real, exaggerated or constructed? What explains the disparate amount of attention paid to different sources of insecurity? Why do certain forms of "terror" achieve the status of "spectacles" and "memorable events", while others receive comparatively little attention by the media and popular discourse?

In this conference we aim to examine how literature, art and culture have dealt with notions of insecurity and to what extent they have provided significant challenges and responses to hegemonic discourses. Participants are encouraged to examine notions of insecurity from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Issues to be discussed might include, but are not limited to:

Philosophical approaches to (in)securityLiterary approaches to (in)securityPsychoanalytic approaches to (in)securityPolitics of (in)securityThe relation between insecurity and artInsecurities associated with economic/financial crisis(In)securities in Visual CultureRepresentations of the "War on Terror"Critical readings of "9/11" novels/filmsRepresentations of the terrorist attacks in London and/or MadridUrban (in)securities and their representationsDepictions of the Arab SpringThe role of the media in the construction and/or dissemination of (in)securitiesThe role of technology in the construction and/or dissemination of (in)securities

Confirmed Guest Speakers:
Professor Liam Kennedy (University College Dublin, Ireland)
Professor David Murakami Wood (Queen's University, Canada)
Professor Kristiaan Versluys (Ghent University, Belgium)

We are accepting proposals for:
* individual proposals for a 20-minute paper
* joint proposals for thematic panels consisting of 3 papers (20 minutes each)

Please include the following information in your proposal:
a) the full title of your paper / of your panel and respective papers;
b) abstract (ca. 200 words per paper);
c) your name;
d) your institutional affiliation;
e) your e-mail and postal address;
f) a short biographical note (ca. 100 words).

Please submit your abstract and inquiries to: (subject header: abstract proposal)

Deadline for proposals: 20 November 2012
Notification of acceptance: 12 December 2012Selected papers delivered at the Conference will be eligible for publication.
Working languages: English and Portuguese

For more information please check:


Analysing truth commissions through the lens of performance

Workshop @ the University of Warwick, 16th of November 2012

There have been over 40 truth commissions held around the world since the mid-1970s, with truth commissions now standing as one of most common tools of transitional justice. This one-day workshop, which will be held in London on 16 November 2012, will analyse truth commissions through the lens of performance. Here ‘performance’ is understood both as embodied, oral ways of conveying knowledge (including songs, dances, gestures), and behaviour that is rehearsed (for example, behaviour defined by its context, whether by a law court, or sports field).

The workshop will focus on the following questions:

What do truth commissions perform, to and for whom, and for what ends? What is the role and rationale of having different kinds of hearings (for example, public, women’s, thematic, institutional, or in-camera hearings)? How are identities (gendered, generational, ethnic, racial, class, religious, etc) performed during and through truth commissions? How do truth commissions ‘stage’ the past in relation to the present, and how is this related to plans for, or imaginings of the future? How do the embodied live events of public hearings relate to final reports and documentation and to what these archives come to represent? How a better understanding of these performative aspects of truth commissions may transfer to other kinds of engagements in conflict resolution, for example, community arts projects, artistic engagements with law, and government agencies who work in comparable contexts?

The workshop will consist of three panels and one roundtable, and is organised by Yvette Hutchison (Associate Professor of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies, Warwick) and Gabrielle Lynch (Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, Warwick) as part of a series of workshops convened by the University of Warwick Politics and Performance Network. Abstracts should be sent to Gabrielle Lynch ( by 21 September 2012.


Workshop @ the School of Law at Birckbeck College, 16th of November 2012


The School of Law Birkbeck is hosting a workshop with Ruth Herz. The focus of the event is her new book, ‘The Art of Justice: The Judge’s Perspective’. This book
presents a unique and intriguing collection of drawings of courtroom scenes by Judge Pierre Cavellat. Throughout a 40-year judicial career in one of France's more
important regional appellate courts, Cavellat produced hundreds of illuminating drawings and paintings depicting the court proceedings and also the main actors: the
prosecutors, defence counsel, his fellow judges, the defendants, witnesses, policemen, the general public, as well as the courtroom itself and its architecture.
The images reveal, in a candid and immediate fashion the deeply hidden emotions, ambiguities and fantasies of a judge going about his work. The author, a judge
herself, interprets the images through the lens of her own judicial experience, exploring how judges think and act and how their thinking is constructed through
their education, professional training, gender and class. In doing so she exposes how personal background, history and experience play an additional, sometimes
conflicting, role in 'judgecraft'.

Discussants include:

Antoine Garapon, a Judge and Director of the Institut des hautes études sur la justice Paris.

David Isaac, partner and head of the Advanced Manufacturing & Technology Services group in the London based international law firm ‘Pinsent Masons LLP’.

Leslie Moran, Professor in the School of Law, Birkbeck. Linda Mulcahy, Professor in the Law Department at the London School of Economics.

Shirin Rai, Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick.

Gary Watt, Professor of Law at Warwick University’s School of Law.

The workshop provides an opportunity for judges, scholars and legal practitioners, in a variety of disciplines, to discuss the themes of the book.

More information about the book

Places are limited. If you want to attend please contact Valerie Kelley,


Workshop @ the University of Warwick, 2nd of November 2012

2-5pm, Wolfson Research Exchange, The Library

You are warmly invited to attend the first Centre for the Study of Women and Gender workshop of the year. It is entitled ‘Gender, Power, Representation and Performance’ and is on Friday 2 November, 2-5pm, Wolfson Research Exchange, The Library (University of Warwick).

Speakers will include:

Rima Najdi, performance artist, Beirut/Berlin: ‘Confession #1: Stereotypes about Arab Women’

Kate Sagovsky, director & movement director/choreographer, teacher & workshop facilitator, London: Practical session: ‘Everyday Performances of Gender’

Gabrielle Lynch, PAIS, Warwick: ‘Representing Women, Performing Justice? Kenya’s Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission and the role of Women’s Forums’

All are welcome and entry is free. But please email Jane Cooper ( to register as places are limited.


A FREE performance @ the Belgrade Theatre, 1st of November 2012

To mark the beginning of Coventry Peace Festival 2012, on THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1st, there will be a performance of AFGHAN MONOLOGUES by the acclaimed London theatre company ICE AND FIRE, at 7.30pm, in the BELGRADE THEATRE.

Admission is FREE.

This event is organised by the Coventry Stop the War Coalition.

Further information from:

Paul McGowan
024 7667 4495