"The Invisible Vanguard: Reflections on Political Movements and Contemporary Avant-Garde Formations" Lecture by James Harding
UH Manoa, Burns Hall
Harding is a Professor of Performance Studies, University of Maryland, College Park. His work focuses on the history of experimental theatre, on post 9/11 theatre and performance, on the intersection of surveillance and performance, and on performance studies more generally. He has just finished a new monograph entitled Performance, Transparency and the Cultures of Surveillance, and he is the author of three previous monographs: The Ghosts of the Avant-Garde(s): Exorcising Experimental Theatre and Performance(Michigan, 2013), Cutting Performances: Collage Events, Feminist Artists and the American Avant-Garde (Michigan, 2010), and Adorno and "A Writing of the Ruins": Essays on Modern Aesthetics and Anglo-American Literature and Culture (SUNY, 1997). He has co-edited five anthologies, the most recent of which is entitled The Sixties, Center Stage: Mainstream and Popular Performances in a Turbulent Decade and will be published in early 2017. His articles have appeared in Performing Arts Journal, TDR, Performance International, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, Modern Drama, and PMLA. During the 2016-2017 academic year, he will be a research fellow at the Freie Universität, Berlin’s International Research Center / “Interweaving Performance Cultures” working on a new monograph tentatively entitled, Performance Beyond the Pale: Politics, Sacrifice and Bodies in Extremis.