P224
Performing creativity and creating performances: dialogues and tensions on experiencing culture and making places

Convenors:
Paulo Raposo (ISCTE-IUL)
Vânia Cardoso (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina)
Discussant:
Esther Jean Langdon and John Dawsey
Location:
Tower B, Piso 3, Room T15
Start time:
19 April, 2011 at 11:30
Session slots:
4

Short abstract:

Drawing on the well-established history of anthropology of performance, in all its analytical variations, we propose to discuss the manner through which place and its identity are tensely and creatively performed in social and aesthetic dramas, in performative acts and narratives.

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Drawing on the well-established history of the anthropology of performance, in all its analytical variations and redefinitions, we propose to discuss the modes through which creativity and performance are foundational dimensions of the production of place and the engendering of the world. Experiences of the world and the construction of place and its identity, in diverse contexts and different instances, are creatively enacted in social and aesthetic dramas, in performative acts and narratives. We seek to critically reflect upon how the tense dialogues and narratives that produce and define human creativity are articulated in those places and through those creative experiences. Performances, as local expressive forms and creative manifestations, take on different forms of dramatizing meaning, experiencing the world, and producing individuation and collectivization. Those expressions destabilize and place in contention the very concept of creativity, thus demanding critical reflections that move beyond the classic oppositions between innovation and convention, individual and society, the extraordinary and the everyday, and improvisation and tradition. We welcome contributions resulting from ethnographic experiences that focus on performance as creative expressions of the social processes of production of identity. We encourage approaches that highlight the tense dimensions of creativity and the manner through which performances take up a role as arenas of social and cultural conflict. We also seek contributions that creatively work with and put in tension the very concepts and frames used in the analysis of performance, in their various forms and expressions.

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