Cultural History, Performance & Politics: A Dialogue

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In light of the "post-truth" politics governing current events, this panel invites historians and performance theorists to discuss historical approaches and methods for studying the politics of performance. With the aim of better understanding how memory (individual and collective) has been mobilized in a variety of political performances of the past and what this implies for the present and the future of both politics and performance, scholars from the NYU Performance Studies department will join with historians from the International Society for Cultural History to discuss recent shifts in the theorization of performance relative to developments in transnational and "connected” histories.

Panelists include: Alessandro Arcangeli (Univ. Verona), Christian Biet (Univ. Paris-Nanterre, NYU), Elizabeth Claire (CNRS-EHESS, Paris), Mariem Guellouz (Univ. Paris-Descartes), Felicia McCarren (Tulane Univ.), Ida Meftahi (Univ. of Maryland), VK Preston (Univ. of Toronto), Richard Schechner (NYU PS), and Diana Taylor (NYU PS). 

Co-sponsored by the International Society of Cultural History (ISCH). 

*Seating is limited and first-come, first-serve.*