Limits and Possibilities: Difference, Identity, and the Public in Post-Liberal Britain – Professor Victor Merriman
It is undeniable that the British people were divided in 2016, with tensions around difference, identity and belonging brought into focus as the UK voted to leave the EU. The determination to ‘take back control’ was explosively expressed across the media, but what was caught up in the crossfire?
In the harsh light of the referendum, Professor Victor Merriman’s lecture asks whether or not longstanding ideas of ‘people as public’ have lost their capacity to bind society together. What consequences can we foresee for life in Britain after such a revolt against the status quo? Most importantly, what can be done to heal the wounds and reinvigorate public interest and public service?
Victor Merriman is Professor of Critical Performance Studies and leads the Performance and Civic Futures Research Group at Edge Hill University. Victor is the Founding Director of the One Hour Theatre Company and is currently working on a book on counter-revolution and dramaturgy in twentieth-century Ireland and researching for a second, Dramatic Worlds as Public Worlds: Performing lives-in-common. He has published widely on Irish theatre, post-colonialism, and the cultural politics of austerity Britain.
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