Convenor: Dr. Margaret Coldiron, University of Essex, UK
Southeast Asia’s rich panoply of cultures is home to a wide range of performance forms, many of which transcend the narrow Western categories of music, dance and drama. Ethnographic study, the forces of globalisation, international film, television and the increasing availability of new media have had effect, even upon very remote communities. Traditional performance forms have been revived to promote tourism and new traditions are being invented; transnational performers cross-fertilise taking and making influences, creating issues of ‘authenticity’ and neo-colonialism; issues of gender are questioned, challenged and re-defined. Papers are invited which address these and other issues relating to Southeast Asian performance past and present.
This conference will be held at Durham University from September 7 - 9, 2012. It is the responsibility of individual participants to register and book online for the conference by 15 June 2012.