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Presentation by Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca (Amsterdam University of the Arts, NL) in the Performance and Politics Series organized by Sruti Bala and Elize Mazadiego | Respondent: Jeff Diamanti (Environmental Humanities, University of Amsterdam) | Contact:

Event details of Performance Philosophy and Animals: Towards a Radical Equality
Date 27 May 2021
Time 16:00 -18:00
Sheep Pig Goat (2020) by Fevered Sleep with Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca. Photo by Malachy Luckie

Can art allow humans to occupy the worlds of non-human animals? How can performance contribute to addressing anthropocentrism, speciesism and the violence toward animal bodies such perspectives enable? Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca will address the importance and challenges of including animals in how we think about the relation between politics and performance according to an intersectional approach that considers how animal oppression connects with other forms of structural violence and inequality.

Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca is Lector, Head of DAS Graduate School and Head of Research at the Academy of Theatre and DanceAmsterdam University of the Arts in the Netherlands. Her current research project is the AHRC-funded Leadership Fellowship, Performance Philosophy & Animals: Towards a Radical Equality (2019-2022). Her recent books include: The Routledge Companion to Performance Philosophy (Routledge, 2020) and Encounters in Performance Philosophy (Palgrave, 2014), both co-edited with Alice Lagaay. She is a founding core convener of the international research network, Performance Philosophy, joint series editor of the Performance Philosophy book series with Rowman & Littlefield, and an editor of the open access Performance Philosophy journal. Laura originally trained as an artist at the Slade School of Art in London and presented performances internationally including Tanzquartier Wien (2015); ICA London (2008); Serpentine Gallery, London (2008, with the artists’ collective, SpRoUt); and TATE Britain (2003).