Carol Sorhaindo and I were awarded travel bursaries to present the project at the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Cultural Engagement Showcase hosted by University of Liverpool. This took place on Thursday, 30 January 2014. As Cultural Partner on the Transportation Transformation: Migration Teleportation and Railway project, it was the first opportunity for Carol to meet with officials and share her thoughts on the project. We did a collaborative 40 minute presentation as a part of a larger panel. The project presentation was well received and Carol was exceptional in her contribution as a cultural partner and emerging scholar.
The first paper on the project, titled PerformingTransportation Transformation: Migration, Teleportation, and Railways, was presented at the 2013 FIRT/IFTR International Federation for Theatre Research (http://www.firt2013barcelona.org/) which took place in Barcelona, Spain 22nd – 26th July. This year’s conference theme was Re-Routing Performance and the project’s paper was presented as a part of the Experimental Research Panel. The conference paper used performance as the point of convergence to bring together and exploit three seemingly disparate understandings around the process of journeying, highlighting concepts of and challenges to identity and belonging.
It was a pleasure to be a part of the more than eight hundred international delegates gathered researching religion/spirituality, politics, gender, race/ethnicity, war, translation, architecture, community and family structures, science, history, science, and geography through the lens of theatre and performance.