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Theatre and the politics of engagement

This book is about science in theatre and performance. It explores how theatre and performance engage with emerging scientific themes from artificial intelligence to genetics and climate change. The book covers a wide range of performance forms from the spectacle of the Paralympics Opening Ceremony to Broadway musicals, from experimental contemporary performance and opera to educational theatre, Somali poetic drama and grime videos. It features work by pioneering companies including Gob Squad, Headlong Theatre and Theatre of Debate as well as offering fresh analysis of global blockbusters such as Wicked and Urinetown. The book offers detailed description and analysis of theatre and performance practices as well as broader commentary on the politics of theatre as public engagement with science. It documents important examples of collaborative practice with extended discussion of the Theatre of Debate process developed by Y Touring theatre company, exploration of bilingual theatre-making in East London and an account of how grime MCs and dermatologists ended up making a film together in Birmingham. The interdisciplinary approach draws on contemporary research in theatre and performance studies in combination with key ideas from science studies. It shows how theatre can offer important perspectives on what the philosopher of science Isabelle Stengers has called ‘cosmopolitics’. The book argues that theatre can flatten knowledge hierarchies and hold together different ways of knowing.

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The Republic and Northern Ireland since 1990
Michael Parker

Ireland in the early 1980s who backed the Catholic Church’s 9780719075636_4_001.qxd 6 16/2/09 9:23 AM Page 6 Contexts opposition to abortion sought to prevent the Irish Constitution ever legalising the procedure. They proposed an amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing the foetus ‘the right to life’. Their proposals were put to a referendum in September 1983, and won the day; of the 50 per cent of the electorate who voted, just over 42,500 more people supported the amendment than opposed it. The same year witnessed Senator David Norris’s attempt to

in Irish literature since 1990
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Geoffrey Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and John Lydgate’s Troy Book
Heather Blatt

open, access to corrective reading. Furthermore, 11/23 of these texts can be classified as religious in focus, suggesting concerns that perhaps respond to the restrictions of Arundel’s Constitutions. Published in 1409, the Constitutions are often credited with creating a perilous climate for writers, translators, and readers of devotional material, because of concerns about being affiliated with Wycliffitism.42 While critical discussion in recent years has nuanced long-standing perceptions about the repressive influence of the Constitutions, certainly the discourse

in Participatory reading in late-medieval England
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Syrian displacement and care in contemporary Beirut
Ella Parry- Davies

and intersubjective care. In the particular context of art making by and about refugee populations, this stands to challenge not only dominant representations of refugees as victims (as suggested with Alhayek and Jeffers above), but also to problematise critical narratives in which migration and displacement have been employed as metaphors that celebrate rupture and transformation. As Sara Ahmed notes in her book Strange Encounters ( 2000 ), which interrogates the discursive co-constitution of the figure of the (migrant) ‘stranger’ in dialectical opposition to

in Performing care
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Antipodean life as a comparative exercise
Sarah Comyn

concerning the social, political, and economic formations of the Australian colonies in the nineteenth century. 5 Examining newspaper representations of settler colonial life in Australia, it reveals the surprising and imaginative ways that settlers both identified with and rejected the antipodean mythologies of the southern hemisphere. With a focus on the three decades following the discovery of gold in Australia (1851), the passing of the Australian Constitutions Act (1850), and the achievement of responsible government (1855–56), the chapter’s analysis of newspaper

in Worlding the south
Martine Pelletier

had been brokered, soon followed by a similar cessation of violence on the part of the loyalists. In spite of numerous difficulties a fragile peace has been established thanks to the constitutional arrangements contained in the 1998 Good Friday Peace Agreement, opening in Seamus Heaney’s words ‘a space – and not just in the political arena but in the first level of each person’s consciousness – a space where hope can grow’.5 In the wake of the Agreement, Irish people were asked to vote in a referendum to modify the two articles of the Constitution which laid claim

in Irish literature since 1990
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Representations of the house in the poetry of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Vona Groarke
Lucy Collins

(March 1987), p. 197. Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space, trans. M. Jolas (Boston: Beacon Press, 1994), p. 5. Divorce legislation in Ireland was prohibited by the Constitution of 1937. A referendum seeking to amend this position was decisively defeated in 1986, but in 1995 a narrow majority voted to permit divorce for couples that had lived apart for four years. The Constitution’s prohibition on abortion was challenged by referendum in 1983 but, while the amendment was enacted, the absence of appropriate regulations has made the practical effects limited. The

in Irish literature since 1990
Jayne Lloyd

constitution of the sensory home. The laundry lines that these practices are interwoven with thus participate in the making of home as a place-event. ( 2012 : 76–7, original emphasis) The laundry lines of a domestic home are specific to the inhabitants that continuously create and maintain them and, as Pink’s research attests, integral to the ongoing formation of an individual’s home. In care homes, the inhabitants do not do their own laundry. The laundry lines are disjointed as different aspects of the laundry process are performed by different people often out of view of

in Performing care
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Gender and a new politics in Achebe
Elleke Boehmer

challenge of his investigation depends heavily therefore on his portrayal of the new leaders, their style of politics and, in particular, on the viability of the class and gender constitution of the reformed ruling group. In The Trouble with Nigeria, the pamphlet which Achebe wrote as an injunction to Nigeria just before the 1983 election scandal that ended in military takeover, light is shed on the political conception behind Anthills of the Savannah. ‘The trouble with Nigeria’, as Achebe cites the popular expression in that text, is, quite bluntly, the ‘indiscipline’ of

in Stories of women
Sustaining literature
Claire Colebrook

sense of that which appears; one never grasps the world itself, even if it must be presupposed as the receding and withdrawing condition of experience. The real would be such that it always exceeded any inscribing mark or determination. One might say that the very constitution of the world as sustainable, or as remaining the same through time, generates a presupposed ‘we’ and a future that could not be constrained or determined by the very humanity that it implies: this is why Derrida, discussing Edmund Husserl’s ‘Origin of Geometry’, follows Husserl in arguing that

in Literature and sustainability