Cultivating Research: Performing Romani Identities

The second Cultivating Research seminar of this semester will take place on Thursday 10th March, 5.30pm in the Ben Elton Room (SL01) of the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, University of Manchester. 
 
Prof. Jane Collins (University of the Arts, London) and Prof. Ethel Brooks (Rutgers University, NJ): ‘Performing Romani Identities’ 
 
Romani culture is marked by a history of critical performance and performativity. Romani survival in Europe, over the course of a millennium, has been contingent upon the adoption and practice of a number of performance strategies, including oral history, storytelling, music, dance and theatre, as well as upon everyday narratives that perform intelligible Romani identities for both the community itself and for non-Roma.  What is the relationship between Romani performance, Romani iterations of performativity, and hegemonic knowledge production? What are the slippages amongst these practices? What is the potential in these slippages and iterations for different forms of agency, especially in light of the current violence confronting Romani subjects across Europe?
 
The presenters are the lead investigators for the AHRC-funded network project, ‘Performing Romani Identities: Strategy and Critique’ (2015-16). Jane Collins is Professor of Theatre and Performance at Wimbledon College of Arts (UAL). She is a writer and theatre-maker who works all over the UK and internationally. She co-edited Theatre and Performance Design: a Reader in Scenography (Routledge, 2010). Ethel Brooks is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology at Rutgers University, USA), and is author of the award-winning monograph Unraveling the Garment Industry: Transnational Organizing and Women’s Work (U of Minnesota Press, 2007).
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