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Pop Up Performance: The Impact Smoothie: Queering Neoliberal Metrics With Comedic Performance


A pop-up performance by visiting scholar and performance artist Dr Heather McLean

Start Date

18 May 2018 3:00 pm

End Date

18 May 2018 4:00 pm


Social Sciences room 322, University of Tasmania Sandy Bay campus

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Join visiting UK-based (Canadian-born) scholar Heather McLean from the University of Glasgow as she gives a sneak peak of a new performance ...

Creative-based and performative methods are seeing a (re)surgence in human geography. Much less explored by geographers are the tensions that arise when politicised performance becomes entangled in top-down evaluations and metrics regimes.

Inspired by subversive and playful feminist and queer performance artists, urban geographer and performance artist Dr Heather McLean will use comedic intervention to explore the limits and potential of performance-based creativity for re-workings, for resistances, and for critical collaborations.

This article by Heather gives context to the performance.

Dr Heather McLean is an Economic and Social Research Council Future Research Leader in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Her current research seeks to understand underrepresented artists’ and activists’ efforts to forge cross sectoral solidarities within a paradigm of austerity urbanism. Specifically she is exploring how arts-based social enterprise organisations and artist-run centres support marginalised communities in Glasgow.

Presented by the Institute for the Study of Social Change.


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