Bodies in Crisis? Rethinking Narratives of Gender and Self-Injury in Performance

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Endurance, suffering, and self-injury are recurring characteristics in the global history of performance art. While critical responses to this work range from dismissiveness to veneration, there is a curiously gendered component to analysis of self-injury on stage that, to date, has not been thoroughly interrogated.

This seminar will explore some of the key questions emerging from my new research project, which aims to challenge and reframe established readings of self-injury in both mainstream and subcultural performance. I resist the narrative of ‘masculinity in crisis,’ instead seeking to formulate a new analytical approach for understanding the aestheticisation of violence and self-injury in contemporary performance practice.
Period13 Mar 2019
Held atSchool of Health in Social Science