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Where Theory Belongs: Jen Harvie

29 Apr 2015

Where Theory Belongs is a series of ten lectures programmed and chaired by Dr. Stephen Wilson as part of CCW’s General Theory Forum, which places the excitement of theory back into the hands of the speaker and the audience. In an increasingly resistant culture of auto‐regulated art-speak, art theory is in a constant need for reflective governance.

This series will offer a platform that brings together art theorists, anthropologists, sociologists, humanists, queer theorists, artists and political economists… theory will be addressed by those voices that write and speak it, thereby suggesting Where Theory Belongs.
In this session, Professor Jen Harvie will be in conversation with Professor Paul Goodwin on topics related to her lastest book, Fair Play – Art, Performance and Neoliberalism.
Professor Jen Harvie
is Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance at Queen Mary University of London. Her research examines the cultural politics of contemporary theatre, performance and art in their material and cultural contexts of production and reception, including their structures of funding, urban sites and social histories.

She is author of Fair Play – Art, Performance and Neoliberalism (2013), Theatre & the City (2009) and Staging the UK (2005), as well as co-author of The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance (2nd revised edition, 2014) and co-editor of special issues of Contemporary Theatre Review on The Cultural Politics of London 2012 (2013) and Globalisation and Theatre (2006), Making Contemporary Theatre: International Rehearsal Processes (2010) and the Palgrave Macmillan series Theatre &. She is currently collaborating with Split Britches theatre company co-founder Lois Weaver for a book on Weaver’s forty-plus years in feminist and lesbian theatre, performances, teaching and activism (forthcoming in 2015).
Professor Paul Goodwin is an independent curator, urbanist and lecturer based in London. From 2008 to 2012 he was Curator of Cross-Cultural Programmes and then Curator of Contemporary Art at Tate Britain. He curated a pioneering programme of talks, symposia, workshops and events – the Tate Cross-Cultural Programme – that included ground-breaking and internationally renowned events and exhibitions such as The Status of Difference international seminars, Conversation Pieces artists’ talks and performances, Global Modernities (Tate Triennial conference), Afrodizzia Late at Tate and Afro Modern: Journeys Through the Black Atlantic (consultant curator).

His recent curatorial projects include the exhibitions Thin Black Line(s) in 2011 and Migrations: Journeys Into British Art in 2012, both at Tate Britain and Charlie Phillips: The Urban Eye at New Art Exchange, Nottingham in 2013. He is director of Peckham Space and a trustee of film lab. Goodwin is currently Curatorial Director of the 3-D Foundation in Verbier, Switzerland; a Curatorial Fellow at Kings Cultural Institute, Kings College London and a member of the Royal College of Art’s MELA curatorial team.

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