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15 Nov 2018 10:00 - 17:00

Protest, Performativity, Post-Truth - The Legacy of 1968

With its three main panels - Protest and Performativity, Gender and Dissent and Living in Post-Truth – this symposium invites academics, artists and activists to explore the legacy of the 1968 Prague Spring and other global resistance movements through the perspective of art theory, gender, performativity and post-truth politics.

The ‘performative turn’ affecting the study of culture towards the end of the 20th century placed a new emphasis on the production, processes and reception of cultural phenomena. In the intervening decades, however, performativity has taken on dimensions previously inconceivable. Political protest has traditionally aimed at communicating the truth of its message — but what happens when performativity itself has displaced any notion of truth? This symposium will address this question through consideration of the history of protest as performance, starting from Iron Curtain dissidence — and Václav Havel’s famous injunction to ‘live in truth’ — through the democratic convulsions of recent years, which often took direct inspiration from the Changes of 1989, to the current predominance of untruth and affect in political dynamics.

Admission free, registration via Eventbrite rquiered

Event hosted by the Czech Centre London, UCL IAS, the UCL European Institute, and the UCL FRINGE Centre. Supported by Austrian Cultural Forum and Embassy of Lithuania in London.

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Programme


10.15-10.30: Welcome and Introduction

10.30-12:00: PANEL I: PROTEST AND PERFORMATIVITY
Explores how the need to catch and hold attention brings protest into the orbit of artistic expression in general and theatricality in particular. Consideration of performance both as utterance and as silence; as positive expression, manipulation and censorship.

Speakers:
Nikolai Khalezin - director, playwright and co-founder of Belarussian Free Theatre
Dr Klara Kemp-Welch, Lecturer in 20th Century Modernism at The Courtauld Institute of Art
Dr Paul Clarke, artist, theatre director and Senior Lecturer in Performance Studies at University of Bristol

Chair: Dr. Peter Zusi, Associate Professor in Czech and Comparative Literature, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies

12-12:45: Lunch

13:00-14.30: PANEL II: HIDDEN HISTORIES: GENDER AND PROTEST
Explores how gender dynamics have shaped, and sometimes divided, movements of dissent both currently and historically (e.g., overlooked role of women in Iron Curtain dissent; the ‘de-silencing’ in #MeToo).

Speakers:
Irene Aristizabal, curator and head of exhibitions at Nottingham Contemporary
Ivanka Lefeuvre, psychologist, Czechoslovak dissident, Charter 77 signatory
Libora Oates-Indruchová, Professor of Sociology of Gender, University of Graz
Chair: Rosie Cooper, Head of exhibitions at De La Warr Pavillion

14.30-15:00: Coffee break

15.30-17:00: PANEL III: LIVING IN POST-TRUTH
Examines how the sort of truth claims that any meaningful protest must raise might respond to a socio-political environment in which truth no longer occupies the privileged regulatory position it has traditionally held.

Speakers:
Dr Tom Stern, UCL Philosophy 
Giedrius Sakalauskas, director of NGO “Res Publica” and civic activist (elf) coordinating cyber-resistance movement
Dr Uta Staiger, Executive Director, UCL European Institute
Chair: Dr Tim Beasley-Murray, Senior Lecturer, UCL

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Part of czech100, a festival of exciting cinema, theatre, visual arts, design and music celebrating the Czech Republic’s centenary (28 October - 9 December 2018).


 

 

 

 


Venue:

UCL, IAS FORUM, SOUTH WING, Gower Street London WC1E 6BT

Date

15 Nov 2018 10:00 - 17:00

Organizer:

Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event


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