Women crossing borders: activist bodies, performance and social change.
Dr Kat Low and Dr Gareth White
When refugee, migrant and asylum seeking women cross geographical borders and enter the UK they are also negotiating political, legal and cultural boundaries. Their bodies in the nation space, as they reject discriminatory labelling and fight for their human rights, can be seen as an act of protest and transgression. The women’s lived experience, embodied knowledge and activist narratives are like de Certeau’s “story” that “cuts across” what the official map “cuts up”.
My research explores performance practices that foreground these stories and experiences, and interrogates if and how this provides visibility for and representation of refugee women on their own terms as they campaign for social change.
Part-time second year research student at RCSSD.
Freelance Community Theatre Director / Producer, current projects include:
Other work includes:
Previous work as a television Production and Studio Manager 1993-2014 includes:
From Autumn 2017:
Visiting Tutor, MA / MFA Advanced Theatre Practice, RCSSD
Visiting Practitioner, MA Applied Theatre, RCSSD
Jan 2018: Intersections
12 & 13 Dec 2017: Crisis in Humanities Symposium
Surviving the Neoliberal University: Revaluing the labour of the Performing Arts
in advance of an upcoming special issue of RiDE (Chair: Professor Kim Solga)