Guest Editor, Professor Victor Merriman

Guest Editor, Professor Victor Merriman

The results of an international colloquium held at Edge Hill University have been published as a special edition of the academic journal Kritika Kultura, which will be launched at an event in the Arts Centre on Monday 23 September.

Hosted by the Department of Performing Arts in March 2013, Colloquium on Performance and Domination, explored how performance can be used as a form of social resistance to State austerity projects. It featured speakers, performers and exhibitors from Nigeria, Palestine, Rwanda, Ireland and the UK offering perspectives from around the world on this provocative topic.

The special issue, Forum Kritika, includes 11 essays presented at the colloquium, five of which are by Edge Hill staff, plus an introduction by Professor Victor Merriman as guest editor.

The colloquium and essays provided the impetus for a new research initiative, Performance and Civic Futures, which will also be launched at this event. The research group – which will have a strong focus on radical comedy – is investigating the potential of the city as a location for developing the Flourishing Society, and to explore how those who make and interpret performance can enable that to happen.

Kritika Kultura is an international peer-reviewed electronic journal of language and literary/cultural studies which addresses issues relevant to the 21st century, including language, literature and cultural policy, cultural politics of representation, the political economy of language, literature and culture, pedagogy, language teaching and learning, critical citizenship, the production of cultural texts, audience reception, systems of representation, effects of texts on concrete readers and audiences, the history and dynamics of canon formation, gender and sexuality, ethnicity, diaspora, nationalism and nationhood, national liberation movements, identity politics, feminism, women’s liberation movements, and postcolonialism.

Monday 23 September, 6.00pm, Arts Centre Foyer, EHU