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History, Memory, Event and the Politics of Performance

During the week of November 8th, staff from the School of Theatre, Performance, and Cultural Policy Studies (Warwick) and staff from the School of Art and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi), will meet to discuss an archive of materials they have jointly constructed. The archive focuses on the years 1970-1990 and maps the politics of performance in India and selected sites in the West, showing the connections and the developments that flow between/against India and the European-American-world scenario.

Building on previous discussions held in Delhi last March, this dialogue will develop such themes as:

  • codifying the political within the body
  • the crisis of complex temporalities in cultural negotiation
  • the process by which narratives about the nation enter into representation, and thus into collective memory.

An open public event will be held on Thursday 11 November to highlight several aspects of this collaboration, and also report on several other collaborations between the University of Warwick and JNU scholars. The programme for the afternoon also includes the book launch of two volumes by JNU and Warwick scholars and a keynote on the relationship between film and theatre through documentary by Warwick film studies Professor Stella Bruzzi.

The programme will take place in Millburn House, Film Studies A0.28:

2.00    Keynote by Stella Bruzzi, Dept. Of Film Studies
3.00    Round Table Report on History/Memory/Event Archives project
4.00    Round Table on other JNU/Warwick collaborations
4.30    Nicolas Whybrow on his new book, Art and the City (I.B. Tauris)
5.00    Bishnupriya Dutt and Urmimala Sarkar on their new book,
            Engendering Performance: Indian Women performers in search of an identity (Sage Publications)
6.00    Reception

For more information please contact Professor Janelle Reinelt j.reinelt@warwick.ac.uk