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Dance lecturers attend Association of Social Anthropologists Conference in New Delhi

The Roehampton Dance Department will be well represented at the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth’s conference Arts and aesthetics in a globalising world to be held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. 

Posted: 3 April 2012

The Roehampton Dance Department will be well represented at the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth’s conference Arts and aesthetics in a globalising world to be held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi as Dr Ann David, Professor Andrée Grau, and Dr Stacey Prickett will all be presenting.

Grau and Prickett will present as part of a panel entitled Cosmopolitanism, politics, and the (performing) arts. Grau’s paper Mrinalini Sarabhai, nationalism, and cosmopolitan aesthetic, examines the artistic cosmopolitanism of dancer-choreographer Mrinalini Sarabhai and her engagement with social movements in India prior to and after independence and shows how with her husband the scientist Vikram Sarabhai they promoted a new India marrying modernity and tradition.

Whilst Prickett’s paper The popular meets the classical: New cosmopolitanism in Hip-hop's dialogue with Kathak engages with new conceptualisations of cosmopolitanism, as explored in Kathakbox by Birmingham’s Sonia Sabri Company, which moves beyond a performative ‘otherness’ through use of popular (hip-hop) and classical (kathak) dance styles to challenge hegemonic representations of race, religion and nationality.

David will present as part of the panel Transformations in contemporary South Asian ritual: From sacred action to public performance.

Her paper entitled Dance, ritual and thunder dragons: exploring cultural politics and national identities compares elements of embodied Hindu ritual and Bhutanese Buddhist danced ritual in today’s globalised conditions, questioning their place in public performance and asking whether they are still able to speak to today’s cosmopolitan audiences in periods of rapid social, political and economic change.

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