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Performing Identities: Embodying Knowledge
Interdisciplinary conference

The Department of French Studies at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, in collaboration with the Irish Centre for Transnational Studies, MIC, and members of the ‘Performance, Text and Context’ Research Cluster, UL, will host an interdisciplinary conference to be held at Mary Immaculate College on 19-20 June, 2014.

In his influential work on The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (1959), Erving Goffman highlighted the importance of routine actions and social relationships in the articulation of the self through daily performance. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to analyse performative constructions of the self by interrogating the concepts of performance, identity and embodiment in their broadest sense.
 
Key questions under discussion will include:

1. How are official and/or dominant narratives concerning identity interrogated, deconstructed and reconstructed through performative practices such as language, literature, politics, religion, art, music, dance and sport?
2. How is identity framed, formed, challenged, represented, understood, perceived through performative practices?
3. In what way are individual and collective identities mediated and influenced by performative practices, and to what extent are these practices perceived of as assets in the formation of local, national, international, transnational identities?

Guest speakers include Dr. Cathal Kilcline, National University of Ireland, Galway
and Dr. Anya Royce Peterson, Indiana
 University, Bloomington.

 


 
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