ENGAGE - Performance and the Maternal

06-10-2020 to 03-11-2020

Location: Online

Audience: Public

Cost: Free

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We invite you to join ENGAGE….conversations conceived across performance studies and the maternal. Delivered as part of Performance and the Maternal this series of online forums will consider, through different artistic and academic perspectives, how maternal performance helps us to understand the lived condition of motherhood. Each forum responds to a themed-provocation (question) and features a panel of guest speakers plus a Q & A.

Performance and the Maternal is an 18 month research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council delivered by Dr Emily Underwood-Lee and Georgina Biggs at the University of South Wales (Cardiff) and Dr Lena Simic at Edge Hill University (Ormskirk).


Register for each forum you want to attend. You are sent separate details on how to access the forum or forums you have chosen.

Tuesday 6 October

Maternal Performance (Artist Forum)

Performance and the maternal are allied as durational, embodied, relational practices. What might be unique about a maternal performance aesthetic?

Speakers: Dyana Gravina and Lynn LuJodie Hawkes, Kristina Gavran and Tina Hofman (Not Now Collective), Ruchika Wason Singh

Tuesday 13 October

Storytelling and Mothers

What maternal narratives might we want or need to tell and hear in these times? How might we represent the diversity of maternal experiences?

Speakers: Laura Godfrey IsaacsTracy Breathnach-EvansRoiyah SaltusChristine Watkins, Alison Perry, Zoe Brigley and Jude Brigley

Tuesday 20 October

Performing Climate, Gender and Maternal Futures

How might a maternal inclination help us to re-imagine the future? What maternal futures might we want to create?

Speakers: Ben SpatzRosemary Lee, Hannah Davey (Liberate Tate), Natalie Loveless and Sheena Wilson, prOphecy sunChantal Bilodeau

Tuesday 27 October

Migration and (Maternal) Citizenship in Performance

How can the maternal migrate, cross borders and enable us to think globally with responsibility and care towards one another? Is it possible to envision a maternal citizenship?

Speakers: Elena Marchevska, Jennifer VersonUmut Erel, Jina Valentine, Sara C Motta

Tuesday 3 November

Health, Policy and Impact – Maternal Performance Matters

What are the pressing questions for maternal health and policy? How might performance help us to explore those questions?

Speakers: Prue ThimblebyHelena Walsh, Vicky Karkou and Emma Perris, Michelle Hartney, Leah Salter