GL RY – A (w)hole Lot of Woman Trouble: NIV Dramaturgies and Feral Pedagogies

Date/Time: Mon 11 Sep / 12:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Monash University, Drama Theatre, Performance Arts Centre, 55 Scenic Blvd, Clayton campus

Centre for Theatre and Performance

Research Seminar

GL RY – A (w)hole Lot of Woman Trouble: NIV Dramaturgies and Feral Pedagogies

This paper stems from a practice-as-research performance installation, GL RY, led by the author in a public square throughout the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne and then in a new form in Belfast, 2016. The paper argues that there is a gaping hole in representation of women living with HIV in contemporary performance in countries like Australia. I propose two main concepts: conversation – in form as well as process – is a key part of a contemporary dramaturgy of HIV; and, building on that, this dramaturgy of conversation might be productively merged with queer ideas of kinship and family to form what I am calling ‘feral pedagogies’: a queerly de-domesticated idea of how we teach and learn, in this case about HIV. 

Alyson Campbell’s research, artistic practice as a director, teaching and activism converge around gender and sexuality, particularly queer performance and dramaturgies and contemporary representations of HIV and AIDS. Her next collection, ‘Viral Dramaturgies: HIV and AIDS Performance in the Twenty-First Century’, with Dr Dirk Gindt, Stockholm, is forthcoming (Palgrave, 2017/18). Alyson is committed to queer representation and works closely with the community, largely through her work with Outburst Queer Arts Festival, Belfast, for which she established and convened a performance research programme Queer at Queen’s at Queen’s University. She co-founded the Queer Futures Working Group for the International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR), which is a vibrant network developing the work of queer performance scholarship. Her main areas of research and supervision are in gender and queer theory/performance, directing and dramaturgy, phenomenological approaches to performance, social justice and disability in the arts. She is committed to developing modes of practice led/as research throughout her teaching at all levels.

Monday 11 September

TIME 12:00am – 1:00pm

Monash University
Drama Theatre
Performance Arts Centre
55 Scenic Blvd
Clayton campus

RSVP by 9 September

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