Intersections 2018

UNMENTIONABLES: ‘no-go’ areas in performance practices and research.


The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s annual Intersections Conference will be held on Thursday the 18th and Friday the 19th of January 2018. Led by the Research Degrees community at Central, Intersections seeks to engage with current theoretical and conceptual discourses in performance research, not only to highlight the diverse research interests at Central, but also to host a range of national and international scholars from a variety of backgrounds and institutions, addressing points of intersection between disciplines, fields and modes of research. Panels are composed of researchers whose papers may potentially speak to each other not within the confines of perceived fields of performance (as defined by genres of performance, for example), but through concepts, concerns and issues which may be common to a wide range of researchers in performance, including crossing boundaries between practice-as-research and so-called ‘conventional’ research.

The postgraduate community at Central invites proposals for papers, panels, provocations and performative lectures. The theme of this year’s conference is: UNMENTIONABLES: ‘no-go’ areas in performance practices and research.

We’ve seen it all – the scandalous, the sacrilegious and the outrageous. In some arenas of art and performance it seems that there are no more boundaries to cross, no thresholds to raise. Artists have performed sexual acts, bled and even killed in the making of their work. Theorists have shattered totems and broken taboos. We are unshockable.

Or are we? Do we, however tacitly, subject ourselves and others to different forms of censorship? Do we police language? Do we confine ourselves to echo chambers and suffocate the free exchange of ideas? Even artists, perhaps especially them, who had previously been agitators and provocateurs often find themselves in the position of a shocked audience, forced to respond to provocative gestures made by politicians, celebrities and other public figures. When global leaders can scandalize the world with a tweet, what role does art play in challenging norms and frontiers?

Intersections 2018 peeks at the unmentionables of performance practices and research. Its aim is to seek out the contours, the edges and the boundaries we encounter, be they self-imposed, externally enforced, or simply the limits of our own ability to understand and to articulate our experience. Where do artists and theorists still come up against blockades? Where have the lines been drawn in our disciplines and where do we draw the line?

Click on panel titles in order to view times, rooms, paper abstracts and presenter bios.


9:30 – 10:00 Registration (Reception)
10:00-10:15 Welcome: Dr Tony Fisher (RCSSD) and the Conference Committee
10:15-11:30 Keynote address by Dr Anna Birch (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 2010 – 2017)

Respondent: Dr Amanda Stuart Fisher (RCSSD)

10:30-11:50 Coffee Break
11:50-13:20 PANEL 1: Oversharing
PAPER 1: “Revealing the Invisible: The politics of sharing lived experiences of ‘addiction’ and ‘recovery’.”  Cathy Sloan
PAPER 2: “Ethical border zones: the tortured female refugee body as performer/ victim/ activist.” Rebecca Hayes Laughton
PAPER 3: “Voicing Domestically Abuse Against Woman through Digitized Theatre in India.” Nivedita Gokhale
13:20-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:30 PANEL 2: Embarrassing Bodies PANEL 3: Politically Incorrect
PAPER 1: “Embarrassing Utopias: Locating Hope in Homophobia” Joe Parslow PAPER 1: “Welfare Melancholia” Pilar Costa
PAPER 2: “Playing ‘Yindao’ in China” Chengyu Tan PAPER 2: “Intersections between theatre practice, disability and phenomenology: Debating the lived experience of professional directors and disabled actors” Nina Michelle Worthington
PAPER 3: “From Pretty Orifice of a Morphing Creature: pleasure and pain in Hoax Theatre’s absurdist eco comedy Stuck” Jillian Wallis PAPER 3: “Silent soldier will laugh: performing taboos in post conflict society” Maja Milatovic-Ovadia
PAPER 4: “Bodies as Sites of Struggle: Embodying Shock and Chaos in the Caring Teaching Practice” Christina Vasileiou
16:00-19:00 Wine reception



9:30-10:00 Registration (Reception)
10:00-11:15 Keynote address by Dr. Nina Power (Roehampton)

Respondent: Dr. Rachel Cockburn (RCSSD)

11:15-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-13:00 PANEL 4: Dangerous Methods PANEL 5: Persona non grata
PAPER 1: “Trans* Bodies, Queer Movements:Queer Trans* Methodological Approaches to Movement Practice”Jae Endris PAPER 1: “Documenta 14: Subject or Agent of Censorship?” Sozita Goudouna
PAPER 2: “Towards a (New) Dramaturgy of Knowledge” Clio Unger PAPER 2: “Discourses in experiential performance research?” Ioana-Florentina Manciu
PAPER 3: “A 20min paper (between article and lecture-performance): diagramming censorship(s) across research-in-writing” Paula Caspão & Ingrid Cogne PAPER 3: “Exchanging Artistic Assumptions: Debating Ownership and Censorship in Manchester’s “Memories of Partition” Project?” Asif Majid
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 PANEL 6: Unauthorised Personnel PANEL 7: Deleted Scenes PANEL 8: PAPER/ PERFORMANCE: What are you doing there? Dr. Kiki Selioni
PAPER 1: “Live Art, Dead Art: Ethics, Audiences, and (Dead) Animal Bodies in Taxidermy-Performance” Francis Wilson PAPER 1: “Minute of Silence” Karoline Moen
PAPER 2: “How do we practice the end of the world?” Yaron Shyldkrot PAPER 2: “The aetiology of surveillance -the structure of trauma and the grammar of the internet” Lior Lerman
PAPER 3: “Reason and Resonance and Sea Monsters: The semantic limits of conventional radio dramaturgy” Farokh Soltani Shirazi PAPER 3: “Snapping up some Deviant Other: How Labouring Animals Ate Up a Queer Black Kid’s Objective Aims” Ezra Tafari Rose
15:30-15:45 Coffee Break
15:45-16:30 Reflections