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Live Chat: Bodies of Memory: Identity Politics in the Early Cancan

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From the release:

TODAY, Tuesday, February 24, 2015

5:30 - 7pm, CHAT Lounge

Gladfelter Hall, 10th fl., Temple University

Live-streaming at www.temple.edu/boyer/dance/RR

About Bodies of Memory: Identity Politics in the Early Cancan

“What do you think of when I say the word ‘cancan’?” In this seminar, Dr Clare Parfitt-Brown unpicks our cultural memories of the cancan, revealing spurious ‘origins’, long performance histories, revolutionary allegiances, and an impulse to forget. Drawing on theories of cultural memory in performance, and extensive archival research on the cancan, the seminar will explore how knowledge about this popular dance form has been constructed by privileging certain historical narratives, and erasing others.

About Clare Parfit-Brown

Clare Parfitt-Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Dance at the University of Chichester. Her research focuses on the cultural histories of popular dance practices, particularly the cancan. She is a founding member of PoP Moves, an international working group to develop research into popular performance. Clare is currently an AHRC Early-Career Fellow leading the project ‘Dancing with Memory’, which explores the relationship between popular dance and cultural memory via the case study of the cancan.Clare has co-authored the books Planning Your PhD and Completing Your PhD, and published in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen (Blanco Borelli, 2014) and Bodies of Sound: Studies Across Popular Music and Dance (Cook and Dodds, 2013).

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