Race and Racism in Performance
Queen Mary, University of London
Area of Study
Race Studies, Theater, Visual Arts
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
This module explores how race is performed in theatre, art, and popular culture. Of particular interest are performances that trouble how we think or talk about race, especially as it intersects with other identity categories like gender, class, sexuality and disability. Why are race and structural racism such difficult topics to discuss, especially in the context of performance? What does it mean to label a performance racist, and how can we as artists develop anti-racist performance practices? The topics this seminar covers could include histories of blackface minstrelsy, debates over ¿colour-blind¿ casting, the politics of cultural appropriation in pop culture for example.
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
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