2012 Symposium: Politics, Performance and Popular Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain


(Arts Building, University of Birmingham (Edgbaston Campus), 19-20 April 2012)

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You are invited to join us for a two-day symposium in Birmingham, at which we will explore the relationship between politics, performance and popular culture in nineteenth-century Britain. 
This builds from our 2011 project conference, reveiwed in the British Theatre Guide and the newsletter of the Popular Culture Research Network newsletter (Nov, 2011)


In what ways might popular culture have defined politics?  How might ‘performance’ be addressed as a concept by which better to understand crowd behaviour, whether for example at hustings or in protest?  How did politicians and others conceptualise their audience?  If, as Patrick Joyce argues, the late-Victorian audience in a context of political reform were ‘rightful heirs to the democracy of pleasure’ (Visions of the People, 1994, p. 309), how can we define the relationship between audience, politics and pleasure? Can we identify a discursive relationship between political and performance culture?


Our speakers have been confirmed, but we welcome participants for roundtable discussions and other contributions. 


Mike Sanders (Manchester): on Platforms, Correspondences and Theatrical Metaphor.

Jim Davis (Warwick): Victorian pantomime and the Politics of Gender Variance

Jane Pritchard (Victoria and Albert Museum): on Ballet, class and identity

Jill Sullivan (Independent): on The Irish question in regional pantomime

Marcus Morris (Lancaster): on Labour leaders, political rhetoric and performativity

Richard Gaunt (Nottingham): on Peel as actor-dramatist (parliament itself as theatrical institution)

Caroline Radcliffe (Birmingham): on Theatrical hierarchy and Cultural capital: East and West London

Anselm Heinrich (Glasgow): on Gladstone, national theatre and contested didactics of theatre.

Janice Norwood (Hertfordshire): on East End Socialism, performance techniques in protest/marches

Peter Yeandle (Lancaster): on Christian Socialism and performing arts: politics, theology and theatricality
Kate Newey (Birmingham): 'Bubbles of the day'


Costs: £35 (£20) postgraduate. Further information about local accommodation upon request.

For further information, please contact Peter Yeandle (p.yeandle(at)lancaster.ac.uk)
DIRECTIONS TO BIRMINGHAM (Edgbaston Campus): http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/contact/directions/index.aspx
Peter Yeandle,
11 Apr 2012, 06:11