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Upcoming events

18 Nov November

Performing Artefacts conference

Monday, 18 November 2019 at 8:30am - Allen Hall theatre
The Performing Artefacts conference considers how peoples’ experiences and knowledge of ‘the real’ are communicated via performances involving artefacts – performances of the everyday, as well as activities explicitly labelled ‘performances.’


Performing Ecologies Conference

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 at 9:00am - Allen Hall Theatre and Orokonui Ecosanctuary
An interdisciplinary conference organised by the Performance of the Real Research Theme.


Mediating the Real 2: Mediations in a 'post-truth' era

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 at 9:00am - Richardson Building, 6th Floor, North, room 4 (R6N4), Dunedin campus
This conference asks and unpacks the interactions of (post) truth, the 'real' and contemporary media.


The performance and performativity of violence

Monday, 19 June 2017 at 10:00am - University of Otago, Dunedin
Keynotes: Prof. Bruce Johnson (University of Technology Sydney, University of Glasgow and University of Turku) and Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick (University of Ulster).

21 Nov November

Performing precarity: Refugee representation, determination and discourses

Monday, 21 November 2016 at 10:00am
A three-day international conference addressing issues around the representation of 'real' crises, in particular the 'refugee crisis'. Keynote speakers include Professor Suvendrini Perera (Curtin University, Australia) and Professor Nikos Papastergiadis (University of Melbourne, Australia)

A Forum Discussion on Manifesto 2083 and Dark Matter

Theme members Dr Suzanne Little, Dr Rosemary Overell, and Dr Sarah Thomasson host a forum and panel discussion with artists from The Rebel Alliance and Martyn Roberts about their Fringe Festival shows Manifesto 2083 and Dark Matter. Both shows aim to bring new light to recent issues or to challenge our perceptions.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Performance of the Real Research Theme: Ritual and Cultural Performance Hui and Symposium

This event investigates the performativity of ritual and cultural enactments, which are integral to many aspects of our lives.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Performance of the Real: Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Symposium

The event asks what it is about representations, mediations and performances of the ‘real’ that makes them so compelling in the contemporary moment.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

It’s a social experiment: Pranks, political activism, and performing marginality for a politically correct mainstream audience

This keynote address from the Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Symposium investigates the phenomenon of so-called 'social experiments', where pranksters perform stigmatised identities in public spaces and places.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Mediating the Real

This conference addresses what the 'Real' might mean in contemporary media studies. Moving beyond common-sense understandings of 'realness' as an objective 'Truth', Mediating the Real specifically applies psychoanalytic and Lacanian understandings of the Real to mediated cultures.

Wednesday, 31 August - 2 September 2016

Performing Precarity: Refugee representation, determination and discourses

This interdisciplinary conference aims to draw together scholars from a wide variety of fields to examine the ethics and politics surrounding refugee representation, determination, and discourses.

Monday, 21 November - 23 November 2016