Artist-Activist-Academics: (Re)thinking Identity through Migration and Performance

October 29, 2018
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Research Commons 350B 18th Ave Library
Workshop

This three-part workshop will explore where migration studies and performance studies intersect around identity, gender, place/space, and mobility (for speaker bios please scroll to the end of this email).

Part OneDanielle Schoon will share a work in progress, “The Art of Presence: Staging Roma Bodies in Istanbul,” for discussion and feedback. Drawing on Bakhtin and Asef Bayat, this paper explores how Roma (Gypsy) performances in Istanbul enact the carnivalesque to temporarily subvert the established hierarchy. Danielle proposes that Turkey’s urban Roma engage public performance as a strategy to assert their visibility and presence without explicitly resisting the hegemony of the state. By creating temporary spaces of proximity, they push back against the ideological and physical distancing that defines their marginal existence.

Part Two: On Board(hers) is an all-woman dance project, based on the testimonies of 15 female immigrants. This choreography aims to show how global mobility is gendered. Lucille Toth will give an overview of the project, how she recruited the women she works with, and the emotional, artistic, cultural and moral challenges and questions explored during the monthly workshops.

Part Three: Be the Street is an OSU Discovery Theme project that employs applied theatre techniques to create performances by, with, and for community members in The Hilltop area. Through embodied and oral storytelling practices, BTS strives to engage and expand participants’ perceptions of themselves and others across their differences, as well as strengthen social networks essential to marginalized communities. Through a participatory exercise, Moriah Flagler, Artistic Director of Be the Street, will lead a short devising process with the audience that explores the concept of home.  

FOR PRE-CIRCULATION OF THE MATERIALS: PLEASE RSVP TO migrationstudiesworkinggroup@gmail.com BY NOVEMBER 9.

The event is sponsored by the Migration Studies Working Group.

Please feel free to circulate the flyer attached with students, colleagues and friends.

The Migration Studies Working Group is an interdisciplinary graduate student-led and founded organization which aims to create an inspiring and productive interdisciplinary environment for a range of migration studies scholarship at The Ohio State University. This event is free and open to all. Refreshments and cookies will be provided.

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