Performing the Political Self: Dramaturgical Techniques for Exploring Identity-Driven Conflict

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Building on her earlier work integrating communication theory with Drama for Conflict Transformation (DCT), the author presents a new approach to excavating the cultural understructure of social conflict. She suggests several new techniques for adapting role-playing exercises and creativity theory as ethnographic tools, focusing on the normative influence of post-industrial tribalism on self-perception and its propulsive role in political tension. Some hands-on practice is included in the session.

Keywords: Drama for Conflict Resolution, Cultural Identity, Drama Method, New Ethnography, Anthropology and Theatre
Stream: Research Methodologies, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
Paper: Performing the Political Self

Dr. Kerric Harvey

Associate Professor, School of Media and Public Affairs, Suite 400, Media and Public Affairs Building, The George Washington University, 805 21st St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20052  USA, George Washington University
Arlington, Virginia, USA

A tenured associate professor at George Washington University, Dr. Kerric Harvey is also a working playwright and screenwriter who explores intercultural conflict in a variety of historical periods and places. She is the Playwright-in-Residence at the Aldebaran Drama Group as well as the Founding Director of the Oxford International Institute for Documentary and Drama in Conflict Transformation, a private arts and research organisation which uses theatre, film, video, and new media to address social and cultural conflict.

Ref: I08P0122