Full Name: Claire Hampton
Annual Conference Theme (if applicable):
What were the main points that emerged from your WG this year?
The working group included a broad range of papers that defined, critiqued and interrogated populism in multiple ways. Delegates offered analyses of diverse performance practices that ranged from protest, craftivism, scenographic activism, body building, baking and martial arts to ‘age transvestism’, carnivalesque performance and disco dancing. Over the course of 3 days the group considered resistive / resistant bodies, bodies of/ in protest, playful bodies and regulated bodies along with ethics, rupture, excess, dissensus and politics. Debate and deliberation was energetic, critical and rigorous following all of the panels and conversation felt urgent, relevant and timely. Some of the key themes to emerge were:
What was discussed at your business meeting?
Types of contributions:
Papers (unfortunately the delegate presenting via a performance workshop had to withdraw)
Number of formal contributors (those listed in book of abstracts) 14
Approx. overall number of delegates who attended your WG Sessions A core group of approx 17 with 35 present at the open panel session
Composition of WG (PG, ECR, etc.)
PG, ECR, MCR and senior academics including Professors
Did you have any non-UK participants? Yes
If your WG hosted an Open Panel, do you have any feedback?
The open panel, ‘Bodies at Play: Reimagining Place, People and the Power of Performance in a Populist Climate’, included papers by Professor Janet O’Shea, Professor Adrian Kear and Dr. Arabella Stanger. The three presentations drew on a range of performance contexts including martial arts, disco dancing and the politics of theatricality. The session was extremely well attended which led to robust, critical and lively conversation following the three presentations, where the WG’s main theme of populism was interrogated and debated. However, there were more delegates than seats which is something that needs to be considered for future conferences.
Any additional points or feedback not covered above?
We would like to thank Salford University and all those involved in the organisation of this years conference; it was convivial, energetic (glittery!) and a good time was had by all.
Claire, Broderick and Victor would also like to officially thank Royona and Patrick for their commitment and dedication as WG convenors. We will do our best to continue to make the group a place of diversity and criticality.