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Lecture by Prof. Dr. Helen Gilbert (University of London, United Kingdom)  | Thursday, 25 November 2021, 16:00-18:00 CET, Online (Zoom) | The lecture is the final event in the ‘Politics and Performance’ Speaker Series, co-organized by Elize  Mazadiego and Sruti Bala.

Event details of Indigenous Cultural Resurgence and Environmental Justice on the Global Stage 
Date 25 November 2021
Time 16:00 -18:00
Sinking Islands, Unsinkable Art installation, i-Kiribati Pavillion, Venice Biennale, 2017. Photo: Helen Gilbert

Once largely ignored beyond their local contexts, the ecological concerns of indigenous groups now register to broad international constituencies, in both public and scientific arenas, as they increasingly align with evidence of our planet’s precarity as a life-sustaining system. This situation has lent traction to campaigns demanding recognition of traditional ecological knowledges, even as schisms emerge between mainstream and indigenous environmental movements. With examples drawn from Australia, Canada and the Pacific, my presentation focuses on embodied arts that draw instrumentally on indigenous ways of knowing and doing to perform (and inform) their activism, offering, in the process, new insights into the conceptual apparatus of the Anthropocene. Discussion of how the campaign for environmental justice inflects such insights will be informed by Rob Nixon’s theorisations of incremental ecosystem destruction as a ‘slow violence’ dispersed across time and space.

Helen Gilbert is Professor of Theatre at Royal Holloway University of London and author or editor of several volumes in postcolonial theatre and performance studies, including, most recently, Marrugeku: Telling That Story (2021) and In the Balance: Indigeneity, Performance, Globalization (2018). Her research explores arts-based activism in marginalized societies in Canada, Australia, South Africa and Oceania, with a current focus on environmental issues, notably climate change and other Anthropogenic disruptions to the water cycle. In 2015, she was awarded a Humboldt Prize for career achievements in international theatre and performance studies.

The lecture is the final event in the ‘Politics and Performance’ Speaker Series, co-organized by Elize  Mazadiego and Sruti Bala.

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