This panel will explore theatre and performance as they take place on stages and in daily life in order to explore the entanglements of political theatre; theatrical politics; normative and innovative performance; and resistance, cooptation, and appropriation. Panelists will examine how an oppressive ideology is maintained by performances of populist political actors; the roles of self-presentation in the communication of value during a political campaign; the shift from scripted to innovative performances in political theatre; the power of innovative performances in fighting the spread of lethal violence; the powerful’ s appropriation of practices of resistance among Bhutanese refugees and within Trump-era hashtagging; theatre as a way of “reaching beyond” the “tired tropes” of film and television in the portrayal of refugees; and recent developments in New York experimental theatre as a force of political change and community building.
Theater of Resistance
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My first teaching experience was in Nepal, at Godavari School, about eight miles outside of Kathmandu. After spending two years teaching geography there, I moved to Chicago, and taught sociology at Loyola of Chicago. Next, I moved to Meadville, where I taught sociology and anthropology, and served as the chair of the sociology and anthropology department. Finally, I came to Erie, and Gannon, where I have been teaching sociology and anthropology for over a decade. I have always loved sports, both as participant and spectator, and love to draw and paint. At Gannon, my interest in anthropology led me to go with Professor Suzanne Richard on two archaeological digs, as the dig artist. These expeditions are to Jordan, to Dr. Richard's dig at Khirbat Iskander.
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Brooklyn based theater artist
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SUNY, University at Buffalo
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Joseph R. Stadler is a PhD candidate in sociocultural anthropology at the University at Buffalo. Currently, he holds the position of Visiting Professor of Sociology at Gannon University in Erie, PA. Stadler’s research interrogates the impacts of global economic shifts, the rise of neoliberal governance, and the decentralization of the welfare state in Erie, Pennsylvania, a vulnerable rust belt city, and on its most vulnerable new residents: Nepali-Bhutanese refugees. Through this, he seeks to understand what effects locale has on new refugee immigrant populations and in what ways these immigrants affect their new locale.
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Arthur Vincie recently wrote and directed the fiction webseries "Three Trembling Cities," an intimate portrait of the inner lives and daily struggles of NYC immigrants. The show is available online and is an official selection at the T.O. Webfest, the Universe Multicultural Film Festival, and the Katra Screening Series. It's screened at Revolution Books, the New York Public Library's Immigrant Heritage Week open house, and the "Not Normal" performance/discussion series at the Irondale Theater. His previous project, the "lo-fi" sci-fi feature "Found In Time," is available on VOD and BluRay. It went to 26 film festivals and won six awards, including Best Feature at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, and Best Sci-Fi Feature at Shriekfest. Focal Press just published "Preparing For Takeoff," his non-fiction book on preproduction. His short films have screened at festivals and art venues across Europe and the USA. Arthur also line produced over a dozen features and numerous shorts, industrials, pilots, and other projects. He holds a B.F.A. from NYU.
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