Critical Perspectives on Re/presenting First Nations and Indigenous Cultures
September 27, 2008, Kings College London, England
Deadline for Abstract Submissions: June 1, 2008
The representation of non-western cultures in opera has long been a focus of critical inquiry. Within this field, the diverse relationships between opera and First Nations and indigenous cultures has received far less attention. ‘Opera Indigene’ will take this subject as its focus, and examine it in three different aspects:
1. Historical and contemporary representations of colonised peoples at a distance from Europe;
2. Historical and contemporary representations of colonised peoples from within post-colonial nations with inherited history of colonisation; and
3. Artistic collaborations initiated by or including First Nations’ cultures.
This conference will examine how representations of indigeneity are negotiated in opera, and how these representations of First Nations’ cultures relate to historical and contemporary constructions of cultural and national identity. The separation of the word ‘re/presenting’ in our title seeks to address this distinction between how representations of indigenous identity have been constructed in opera by non-indigenous artists, and how indigenous artists have utilised opera as an interface to present their cultural traditions in more recent collaborations.
Please submit abstracts of 300 words maximum to Dr. Pamela Karantonis at Pamela.Karantonis@uwe.ac.uk and Dylan Robinson at D.W.Robinson@sussex.ac.uk.
Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre
University of Sussex
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