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James Harding : The Invisible Vanguard: Reflections on Political Movements and Contemporary Avant-Garde Formations

"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, TDRPerformance InternationalTheatre JournalTheatre SurveyModern 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.