Current events and collaborative links
In 2016-17, our Distinguished Speaker Series continue, and in addition we will hold workshops, Symposia and exhibitions at Aberystwyth University.
In Sept 2016, the PPi is organising a Symposium on Quarantine's Quartet in conjunction with Aberystwyth's Theatre, Film and Television Studies Department (TFTS). A keynote lecture by Prof Adrian Kear will open the Symposium and speakers include members of the Quarantine creative team as well as performers and spectators of the Quartet.
Our 2016-17 Distinguished Speakers so far include Prof Naeem Inayatullah, Ithaca and Professor Himadeep Muppidi, Vassar; Dr Simon Bayly, Roehampton; and Dr Jenny Hughes, University of Manchester.
We are very excited to be sponsoring the Huellas de la Memoria exhibition at Aberystwyth in April/May 2017 and will host an opening Symposium on the exhbition, which brings the stories of those searching for missing peoples in Mexico. We will also collaborate with the 2017 textiles exhibition "Stitched Voices of Resistance" on Conflict Textiles that is coming to Aber between March and May 2017. In addition, Dr Karen Tucker and Dr Matthew Brown from Bristol University will be visiting us to talk about the The Quipu Project that has recently launched and that enables the voices of those affected by forced sterilisations in Peru to be heard and responded to anywhere in the world.
Other international connections include the University of Queensland’s Visual Politics Research Cluster and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, New York. PPi’s links with Warwick’s Politics and Performance Network were consolidated by Professor Shirin Rai’s visit in 2013 and Professor Emeritus Mike Pearson’s and Professor Adrian Kear’s keynotes at Warwick conferences in 2014. The PPi Distinguished Speaker Lecture by Dr Nick Vaughan‐Williams in 2014 further cemented that connection, leading directly to an ESRC funding bid.
Contributors to our Distinguished Speaker Series come from all over the world and these and other collaborative links have been central to our success, enabling us to develop synergies and vocabularies for interdisciplinary collaboration and establish Aberystwyth as a centre for interdisciplinary research in performance and politics.