[NetBehaviour] Brunel Research Seminar next week: Choreographing the Politics of Touch / “Either we'll survive the sea or we'll die:”

Johannes Birringer Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk
Wed Feb 10 21:48:39 CET 2016

Please join us next week for our next Performance Research Seminar featuring two distinguished guests:

Wednesday February 17
4 PM - 6:00 PM
Drama Studio, Gaskell Building 048, Brunel University London, Cleveland Rd.

Royona Mitra  (Brunel, Theatre) “Choreographing the Politics of Touch”

Maria Kastrinou (Brunel, Anthropology):  “Either we'll survive the sea or we'll die:” From Syria to War”

Royoa Mitra is the author of Akram Khan: Dancing New Interculturalism (Palgrave, May 2015). She has a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London (2011) on the British-Bangladeshi artist Akram Khan, an MA in Physical Theatre from Royal Holloway, University of London (2001) and a BA (Hons) in Theatre & Performance from the University of Plymouth (2000). She trained in classical and contemporary South Asian dance in India and specialised in physical theatre in the UK. Royona was the founding member and performer with Kinaetma Theatre, an intercultural physical theatre company that made work between India, UK and Portugal from 2002 to 2007. Prior to joining the Theatre Department at Brunel, Royona was a Senior Lecturer in the Drama Department at University of Wolverhampton where she was also the MA Drama Course Leader.

Maria Kastrinou is a political anthropologist whose work examines power relations in the construction of states and subjects through an ethnographic focus on ‘sectarianism,’ energy (geo)politics, statelessness and refugee. She has conducted long-term fieldwork in pre-war Syria (2008–2010) looking at contested identities and politics between the Druze sect and the Syrian state. Her research has incorporated political economy and historical sociology approaches in an ongoing project on energy and resource conflict in Syria, initiated through a research fellowship at Durham Energy Institute (2013-2014). Since the war erupted, Maria has been carrying out new research with Syrian refugees in Greece and Lebanon, and on energy politics and belonging in Lebanon and the Occupied Syrian Golan Heights.

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Piotr Cieplak is a Lecturer in Documentary Practice. Prior to joining Brunel in September 2013, he was a senior teaching fellow in African film and video at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and worked for Africa Research Institute, a Westminster-based policy think-tank.

Piotr’s Memory Cards (film) - a project challenging and subverting the clichés and stereotypes present in how Africa appears to Westerners - was exhibited at the last Research Seminar when he kindly stepped in to replace Prof. Mondal who had to cancel. His introduction to his film work is available online

ALL WELCOME    Free talk  /  contact:  +44  (0)1895 267 343

Performance Research Seminar Coordinator:  Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk
Dept. of Arts & Humanities

THEME:    Precarity and the Politics of Art:  Performative and Critical Empowerment after Democracy

Forthcoming Events:  http://people.brunel.ac.uk/dap/ResearchSeminarSeries.html
all seminars are up-streamed to https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC2ijZ2U-avidCh9OsHJeWDe8t5Ib75rm

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