WHAT IS THE Performance and Memory WORKING GROUP ?
The Performance and Memory working group explores memory through the lens of performance, considered as both a research methodology and a practice. We are concerned both with cultural production that is framed as ‘performance’ (theatre, dance, music, etc.) and with a wider range of memory practices (monuments and sites photographs, social media, protest, etc.) that might productively be framed as ‘performed’ or ‘performative’. We engage with performance in a wide range of interdisciplinary, trans-national and historical contexts and include all creative practices. Moreover, we consider memory within and beyond the trope of trauma to include pleasurable, embodied and sensory memories. We invite scholars and practitioners to join our group as a forum for discussing and practicing the various ways in which performance shapes the global narrative of memory.