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Performance and Politics III

The Grammars of Politics & Performance

8 November 2011


Millburn Studio G 53

Featured Speakers:

Professor Jenny Edkins, (Politics, University of Aberystwyth)

Jenny Edkins' research focuses on personhood and political community. She examines the workings of sovereign power, the instrumentalisation of life, and the possibility of alternatives through detailed studies of famine, security, humanitarian crises, traumatic memory, missing persons, the photograph and the face.

Dr. Sophie Nield, (Drama, Royal Holloway, University of London)

Sophie Nield works on questions of space, theatricality and representation in political life and the law, and on the performance of ‘borders’ of various kinds: the US/Mexico border; the former site of the Berlin Wall; the problem of the corpse in representation. She also has research interests in film (particularly Expressionism, New German Cinema and US paranoia film) and nineteenth century stage-craft.

Dr. Derek Paget (Theatre & Television, University of Reading

Derek Paget specialises in fact-based drama across all media but with a concentration on documentary theatre and television docudrama. His working methodology involves archival sources, theatre and television history, detailed study of performance methodologies, and textual analysis of form and style.


9.30 Coffee and Welcome
10.00-11.00 Plenary 1: Sophie Nield; Jenny Edkins
11.00-11.30 Discussion
11.30-12.30 Plenary 2: Derek Paget ; James Brassett
12.30-1.00 Discussion
1.00-2.00 Lunch
2.00-3.00 Plenary 3: Susan Haedicke; John Parkinson
3.00-3.30 Discussion
3.30-4.00 Tea break
4.00-5.30 Screening: Four Lions
5.30-6.30 Discussion of film over wine and wrap-up


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