Our research theme: Absence / Presence

Our research theme this year, Absence/ Presence, has provided a provocative focus for a number of activities, and we plan further work exploring this theme in 2017-18. The centre-piece of our research activities in 2016-17 was our three-day Symposium held in April and entitled Absence, Presence, Embodiment. We were delighted to be joined by Vikki Bell, Arely Cruz-Santiago, Jill Greenhalgh, Elaine Harrisson, Mike Pearson, and many others for an exciting few days of discussion and engagement. The Symposium was held in conjunction with the Footprints of Memory exhibition, organised by Danielle House, and its originator, Alfredo Lopez, and one of the mothers of the disappeared, María de Jesús Tlatempa Bello, joined us by Skype from Paris. The exhibition is now touring Europe.

Our plans for 2017-18 include further events exploring this theme, together with Distinguished Speakers who work on questions of disappearance and missing people such as Cath Collins, Milija Gluhovic, Claire Moon and Hester Parr. We also hope to welcome back Diana Taylor, whose work in this area is very highly regarded and whose visit to Aberystwyth launched PPi, to give our tenth anniversary lecture in the Spring. We are also putting together a volume entitled Presenting absence: performance and the politics of disappearance that will bring together our research in this area.


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