Please join us next week in next Performance Research Seminar featuring two
Wednesday February 17
4 PM - 6:00 PM
Drama Studio, Gaskell Building 048, Brunel University London, Cleveland Rd.
Royona Mitra (Brunel, Theatre) “Choreographing the Politics of Touch”
Maria Kastrinou (Brunel, Anthropology): “Either we'll survive the sea or we'll
die:” From Syria to War”
Royoa Mitra is the author of Akram Khan: Dancing New Interculturalism
(Palgrave, May 2015). She has a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London
(2011) on the British-Bangladeshi artist Akram Khan, an MA in Physical Theatre
from Royal Holloway, University of London (2001) and a BA (Hons) in Theatre &
Performance from the University of Plymouth (2000). She trained in classical
and contemporary South Asian dance in India and specialised in physical theatre
in the UK. Royona was the founding member and performer with Kinaetma Theatre,
an intercultural physical theatre company that made work between India, UK and
Portugal from 2002 to 2007. Prior to joining the Theatre Department at Brunel,
Royona was a Senior Lecturer in the Drama Department at University of
Wolverhampton where she was also the MA Drama Course Leader.
Maria Kastrinou is a political anthropologist whose work examines power
relations in the construction of states and subjects through an ethnographic
focus on ‘sectarianism,’ energy (geo)politics, statelessness and refugee. She
has conducted long-term fieldwork in pre-war Syria (2008–2010) looking at
contested identities and politics between the Druze sect and the Syrian state.
Her research has incorporated political economy and historical sociology
approaches in an ongoing project on energy and resource conflict in Syria,
initiated through a research fellowship at Durham Energy Institute (2013-2014).
Since the war erupted, Maria has been carrying out new research with Syrian
refugees in Greece and Lebanon, and on energy politics and belonging in Lebanon
and the Occupied Syrian Golan Heights.
Piotr Cieplak is a Lecturer in Documentary Practice. Prior to joining Brunel in
September 2013, he was a senior teaching fellow in African film and video at
the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and
worked for Africa Research Institute, a Westminster-based policy think-tank.
Piotr’s Memory Cards (film) - a project challenging and subverting the clichés
and stereotypes present in how Africa appears to Westerners - was exhibited at
the last Research Seminar when he kindly stepped in to replace Prof. Mondal who
had to cancel. His introduction to his film work is available online
ALL WELCOME Free talk / contact: +44 (0)1895 267 343
Performance Research Seminar Coordinator: Johannes.Birringer@xxxxxxxxxxxx
INTERDISCIPLINARY PERFORMANCE RESEARCH SEMINAR SERIES 2015-16
Dept. of Arts & Humanities
THEME: Precarity and the Politics of Art: Performative and Critical
Empowerment after Democracy
Forthcoming Events: http://people.brunel.ac.uk/dap/ResearchSeminarSeries.html
all seminars are up-streamed to
+ + + +