FACING_DRAG in Popular Cultures and Performing Arts
Drag, a key concept in Gender Studies, has been theorized as a practice of queering, of re-signifying. Against the backdrop of manifold articulations of colonialism and racism, this transdisciplinary conference aims at re-thinking „drag". It brings together scholars and artists from different parts of the globe to address, to historicize and to contextualize – to face – practices of othering and of mimesis in performing arts and in popular culture.
organized by: Evelyn Annuß, Silke Felber, Julia Ostwald
Universität für darstellende Kunst und Musik
Fanny Hensel Saal
or online via Zoom-Link
Meeting-ID: 670 3390 9369
Please note that a registration is not required.
We welcome masking – in this case to protect our guests, i.e. please bring a FFP2 mask and do test yourself before the conference, if possible.
|Thu, 23 June||5 pm — 8 pm (CET)|
Evelyn Annuß, mdw-Gender Studies
Keynote: Creolisation, ‘Indigenisation’, Ethno-masquerade
Zimitri Erasmus (Johannesburg)
Artist Talk – Beyond Drag
Nora Chipaumire (New York)
Jay Pather (Cape Town)
|Fri, 24 June||10 am — 6 pm (CET)|
Karin Harrasser (Linz): Jesuit Drag. Shamans as Priests, Priests as Shamans
meLê yamomo (Amsterdam): When a lover says "I love you", is it the words or is it the sayer that matters?
Aurélie Godet (Paris): Festive Drag in Context: Historicizing Transvestism in New Orleans from the Eighteenth Century to the Present
Nadia Davids (Cape Town): Creolisation, Cosmopolitanism and Queerness in the District Six Carnival
Elaine Frantz Parsons (Kent State): Masks of Whiteness/ Masks of Blackness: Deadly Race Play in the Reconstruction Era United States
Eric Lott (New York): Blackface from Time to Time
|Sat, 25 June||10 am — 3 pm (CET)|
Media and Performances
Raz Weiner (London): A Nation Among Nations of Nature: Zionist Blackface in Kibbutz Educational Performances
Katrin Köppert (Bochum): De-Facing Affect: On Digital Blackface
|Coffee and Finger Food|
Nanna Heidenreich (Vienna): Whose Portrait? Fabulations and triangulations in Shirley Clarkes Portrait of Jason (USA 1967)
Julia Ostwald (Vienna): Performing Exoticism in European Dance Modernism: Japonist Entanglements