Next London Theatre Seminar, 21 January 2016 with Aoife Monks (QMUL)

Please see below for details of the next London Theatre Seminar on 21 January 2016 at 6:30 PM, with Aoife Monks, Queen Mary, University of London. The event will take place in the University of London Senate House, Room G34.

We hope to see you there!

Broderick, Louise, & Jen

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This paper considers the systems of value that undergird the selection and scrutiny of artworks in theatre and performance scholarship, and argues theatre scholarship is often practiced as a form of modernism in its attachment to formalist estrangement as a mode of critique and as a source of solace. I will ask why it is that “bad art” is so much easier to co-opt into scholarship when it’s safely in the past and I will also think about the feelings provoked by scholarship and the ways in which artists, artworks and objects function as decoys for the complicated affects and transactions that comprise academic research. I will do all of this by asking: how do we solve the problem of Michael Flatley?

Dr Aoife Monks is a Reader in Theatre Studies at Queen Mary University of London. She is the author of The Actor in Costume and Readings in Costume (both Palgrave Macmillan), and is Consulting Editor for Contemporary Theatre Review journal.