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This symposium will investigate the role of the imaginative and aesthetic dimension in the diffusion of global modernity through performative practices.
Associate Professor Chris Hudson
Chris Hudson is Associate Professor of Asian Media and Culture in the School of Media and Communication and Co-Director of the RMIT Communication, Politics and Culture research centre.
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Associate Professor Bart Barendregt
Bart Barendregt is an associate professor at the Leiden Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology.
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Professor Chua Beng Huat
Chua Beng Huat is visiting from the National University of Singapore.
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Professor Terrell Carver
Terrell Carver is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bristol, UK.
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Professor Barbara Hatley
Barbara is a Professor Emeritus in Asian Studies at the University of Tasmania and an honorary adjunct of the School of Languages, Culture and Linguistics at Monash University.
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Professor Jeroen de Kloet
Jeroen de Kloet is Professor of Globalisation Studies and Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS) at the University of Amsterdam.Professor Jeroen de Kloet
Professor Peter Eckersall
Peter Eckersall is Professor of Asian Theatre at the Graduate Centre, City University of New York.
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Associate Professor Tania Lewis
Tania Lewis is an Associate Professor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University.
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Dr Fridus Steijlen
Fridus Steijlen is researcher at the KITLV.
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Dr Will Peterson
William Peterson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama at Flinders University and former Director of the Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash University.
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Leonie Schmidt is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis and a lecturer in the Media Studies department of the University of Amsterdam.
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The Centre for Communication, Politics and Culture in the School of Media and Communication at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne, Australia and the Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Cultural Anthropology, University of Leiden, Netherlands present an international symposium: Performative Publics and Global Modernities in Asia: An International Dialogic Symposium, at RMIT Europe, Barcelona on 3-4 November, 2014.
Global flows of culture are so deeply embedded that local or national environments may now be imagined as having a global span. The imagination has become an organized field of social practices, and a form of negotiation between sites of agency and globally defined fields of possibility, as Appadurai famously pointed out. An expanded field of the imaginary is a key component of the global order (Appadurai, 1996). Questions still arise, however, about how the imagination of life with a global span is made possible at the level of everyday social practices.
Performance and performativity offer a fertile field in which to think about the ways in which individual or collective identity and agency are constructed, recognised and reproduced in expanded fields of possibility. Urban spaces and media can become the locations of new publics – stages on which subjects can create and perform transformed identities. Performative interventions in Asia can generate a re-imagining of local publics, both spatially grounded and mediatised, and help to renegotiate the connection between the local and the global.
Abstracts will be posted on this website in June.
Associate Professor Chris Hudson, Co-director, Centre for Communication, Politics and Culture, and Associate Professor Bart Barendregt, Director of Studies, Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden.