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PPi Tenth Anniversary Lecture: Professor Diana Taylor: ¡Presente! The Politics of Presence
Lecture Cancellation Notice:
It is with deep regret that the Performance and Politics international (PPi) 10th Anniversary Lecture scheduled for Tuesday 6th June has had to be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and look forward to welcoming Professor Taylor back to Aberystwyth in the Spring of 2018. With thanks to all for your understanding.
¡Presente! can be understood as a war cry, an act of solidarity and/or witnessing, a way of being in the world, compliance to roll call, a showing, display, or declaration of presence. ¡Presente! announces a different way of being present, physically and politically, an act of embodied form of engagement with others and “situated knowledge” (Haraway) that takes us beyond the disciplined and restrictive ways of knowing that our Eurocentric traditions offer us. In my new book, I join fellow travellers fleeing from disciplines, the academy, to search for alternative epistemic practices elsewhere—in art, performance, and other forms of world-making. ¡Presente! envisions knowledge not as something to be harvested and commercialized but, rather, as an engaged knowing, as a process of being with, walking and talking with others with all the pitfalls, complications and contradictions that entails. Can presence help us re-imagine our disciplinary practices so that we collectively participate in the decolonialization of knowledge production? The talk, focusing on performatives and animatives, invites us to think together.