All the World’s a Stage: Performing Identity in Everyday Life

All the World's a Stage: Performing Identity in Everyday Life


1 July    
All day


University of Bristol
3-5 Woodland Road, Bristol

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One-day inter-disciplinary conference at the University of Bristol, 1st July 2016

Keynote Speakers: Dr Angela McShane, Royal College of Art/ V&ADr Eleanor Standley, University of Oxford/ Ashmolean Museum

This conference will explore the concept of performance and its role in the construction of individual and communal identities. From a person’s choice of dress in the morning to what they eat at night: When and how should we conceive of such everyday actions as having a role in the performance and construction of identities? How have public acts and rituals been used to construct and contest group identities? And how have the meanings of these performative acts endured or changed over time?   This conference seeks to interrogate the diverse ways in which performance theory can enhance our understanding of the construction of identities. It aims to draw together researchers from a broad range of disciplines, including: History, Art History, History of Design and Material Culture, Anthropology and Archaeology, Theatre, English, Classics and Film Studies.

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Kindly supported by BIRTHA, AHRC and AAH