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Drama Quorum Seminar Series: Aylwyn Walsh – 16th November
16th November 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Quorum is a series of research seminars in the drama department at Queen Mary. All events are free and open to everyone. Drinks and snacks provided. Continuing our themes of capital and imperialism, we welcome Dr. Aylwyn Walsh.
Spectacles of punishment: The cell, the body and the state | Arts One building, RR2 | Wednesday 16th November | 6-8pm
This presentation contributes to my wider project about theorising prison cultures. I will introduce South Africa’s constitutional court art exhibit, Rideout’s replica cell in the gotojail project (2012 – present) and Laurie Anderson’s production Habeas Corpus (2015). Though I use examples from South Africa, the UK and Guantanamo Bay, I am not trying to universalise a singular or definitive prison culture. Rather, I’m offering a research methodology that attends to time, aesthetics and ethics of prison and simulated cells by drawing on Diana Taylor’s thinking in The Archive and the Repertoire (2003). In doing so, I aim to recuperate a political understanding of how prisons (current, operational institutions and prison museums, performances or exhibits) maintain, operationalise and reinforce their regimes of power through nationalistic discourses.
Aylwyn is programme leader of the MA in Applied Theatre & Intervention at University of Leeds’ School of Performance and Cultural Industries. Prior to this she was senior lecturer at the University of Lincoln’s School of Fine and Performing Arts where she headed up the Practice as Research cross-disciplinary group. She has recently worked on projects including the Arts of Logistics about the politics and poetics of infrastructures, counter-logistics and mobility with QMUL’s Shane Boyle. Her current project relates to Prison Cultures, mapping performance, resistance and desire in women’s prisons.
Some of her publications have been on arts and migration in Performances of Crisis, Capitalism and Resistance and Theory in Action; about protest in Qualitative Inquiry; Cultural Studies ßà Critical Methodologies; Journal of Arts and Communities. She has also published about arts and health Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance as well as prison and performance in Crime, Media, Culture and Contemporary Theatre Review. She was co-editor of Remapping ‘Crisis’: A Guide to Athens (Zero Books, 2014).