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Performance Matters: Strategy, Critique and the Politics of Romani Representation in the UK and Beyond

Thursday, November 06, 2014 - 09:00am - 06:00pm

There has been a Romani presence in the British Isles that stretches over 500 years, and, over the course of the twentieth century into the twenty-first, multiple waves of Romani migration have contributed to diverse, vibrant Romani communities across the UK –many of whom have family, cultural and community ties throughout Europe and the Americas.  Romani survival in Europe, over the course of a millennium, has been contingent upon the adoption and practice of a number of strategies, including oral history, storytelling, music, dance and theatre, as well as upon everyday narratives, that perform intelligible Romani identities for Roma and non-Roma alike. These shared histories and their multifaceted forms of representation provide the basis for this conference on Romani performance practices in the diaspora, post-colonial Britain, Europe and the Americas.  Organized by Ethel Brooks (Rutgers University) and Jane Collins (University of the Arts, UK).  If unable to attend, this event will be live streamed at:
10:00am Opening Remarks by Ethel Brooks and Jane Collins
10:30am - 12:30pm Sites of Performance, Sighting Performance
  Daniel Baker (Artist)
  May Joseph (Pratt Institute)
  Petra Gelbart (New York University)
  Snezana Otasevic (Rutgers University)
12:30 - 1:15pm Performance Provocation(s) and Discussion
1:15 - 2:30pm LUNCH BREAK (on your own)
2:30 - 4:30pm Communities of Performance, Performing Community
  Fatimah Asghar (Poet & Performer)
  Aimee Cox (Fordham University)
  Delaine Le Bas (Artist)
  Siv B. Lee (New York University)
4:30 - 5:00pm Conversation, Closing, Next Steps
5:00pm Reception
Location   Alexander Library, Teleconference Lecture Hall, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick NJ, US, 08901


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