Nightlife and Queer Utopias – Saturday 23 Feb 2019 at V&A Museum
The LGBTQ dancefloor has long been celebrated as a utopian space to express identities and desires. But London’s club scene has undergone a worrying transformation in recent years, with over 50% of venues closing. While the Mayor of London has pledged to safeguard LGBTQ club culture, is enough being done to defend – and revive – the dancefloor? Join our panel as they discuss why nightlife matters and what more needs to be done to reinvent the scene in London and beyond for everyone on the LGBTQ spectrum.
Professor Ben Campkin
Professor of History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism, UCL
Associate Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies, London College of Fashion
Professor Ramón H. Rivera-Servera Chair
Department of Performance Studies, Northwestern University
Dr Flora Pitrolo
Associate Lecturer in Theatre Studies, Birkbeck University of London
Performance by Hannah Milan and BAM BAM 007
DJ set by Opi Resident DJ of Maricumbia
Organised by Society for Dance Research in partnership with The British Academy and the V&A
Filmed and live streamed by David McCormick at Snake Oil Media
Cold War Politics and the Modern Arts – Tuesday 30th April 2019 in collaboration with Roehampton University Dance Department
This two-part research forum explored key political perspectives on dance and other modern arts during the Cold War, taking a global approach through an in-depth investigation of salient case studies and intersections in the United States, South Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
The invited speakers will illuminated their research and discussed possible synergies or divergences between each other’s work. Then, the discussion opened to include the audience and give opportunity for Q&A.
Dr Jens Richard Giersdorf
Professor of Dance Studies, Marymount Manhattan College
Dr Gay Morris
Dance and art critic and historian, Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University
Dr Victoria Phillips
LSE-Columbia University Visiting Professor, Department of International History, Columbia University, European Institute, Harriman Institute, Department of History