The Feminist Research Working Group is a diverse collective of feminist scholars working in various strands of drama, theatre, and performance.
The Feminist Research Working Group is a diverse collective of feminist scholars working in various strands of drama, theatre, and performance. It is one of the longest-running and largest Working Groups. In addition to our annual meetings at IFTR, our group has sponsored panels, and produced a number of publications. The most recent of these is Performance, Feminism, and Affect in Neoliberal Times, edited by Elin Diamond, Denise Varney and Candice Amich (London: Palgrave, 2017) https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137598097.
In 2020, the Working Group will meet at National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) from 13-17 July. The Call for Papers is available on this website. Our process is to circulate the papers in advance, so that members can read them before we meet. We normally also meet with local theatre artists whose work is of interest to our membership.
People who are not members of the Working Group are welcome to attend our sessions during the conference.
For more information, please contact Indu Jain (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lisa Fitzpatrick (email@example.com)
Over the past two years, members of the Feminist Research Working Group have shared work and passionate discussion about performance, feminism, affect and activism in the era we are calling our neoliberal times. Symptoms of these times include: the marketization (commodification, monetization) of everyday life; pervasive precarity as economic fact and affective condition (what David Harvey calls a “new habit of the heart”); the dismantling of state funding supporting health, education, housing, and arts institutions; the privatization of industries formally in the public trust; the aggressive unraveling of collectively won gains in gender and racial equality in favor of the new cultural fetish: the virile entrepreneurial individual. Read more