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.
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Dr. David Barker has served as Chairperson for the Social Services Department and continues to serve as Program Director of Sociology. During 2006 and 2007 he participated in the development of a new Ph.D. program in Organizational Learning and Leadership and was appointed Program Director in August, 2007. Currently he serves as Chairperson for the Department of Social and Organizational Studies which includes the Ph.D. Program for Organizational Leaning and Leadership. During his tenure at Gannon he was elected chairperson of several standing committees, including the Faculty Research Committee and the University Review Council. In 1999 he was elected President of the Faculty Senate. He has also served as a working group chairperson for three Middle States Commission reviews.
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Christopher N. Magno is an associate professor in the Criminal Justice Program at Gannon University. He earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at Indiana University, Bloomington, and his Master's in Sociology at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. He is the 2013 recipient of Gannon's three-year Cooney-Jackman Endowed Professorship. For three years under the professorship, Dr. Magno popularized the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) among faculty and students at Gannon University. Dr. Magno also supervised and organized a series of community-based mapping projects and exhibits. He has been a member of Gannon’s Criminal Justice Program for 6 years, where he has been teaching courses on Geographic Information System for Environmental Engineering, Business and Marketing, and Criminal Justice majors. He presented and authored numerous articles on urban crime, urban cartography, and political capital in professional conferences and academic journals.
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Indiana University Bloomington
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Philip C. Parnell earned his Ph.D. in social and cultural anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. His ethnographic research has focused on the anthropology of law, crime, and the state in rural Mexico and the urban Philippines. He is Director of Southeast Asian Studies in the School of Global and International Studies and an associate professor in the Departments of International Studies, Anthropology (adjunct) and Criminal Justice (adjunct) at Indiana University, Bloomington.
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