Dr Amanda Rogers to give a Dillwyn Medal Lecture in 2018

On 8 February 2018, Dr Amanda Rogers (Department of Geography) will give a public lecture lecture entitled 'From War to Peace? Post-conflict Performance in Contemporary Cambodia'.

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'From War to Peace?
Post-conflict Performance in Contemporary Cambodia'

Amanda Rogers - Dillwyn Medal Lecture 2018 (2)This lecture discusses how contemporary Cambodian dance-drama responds to the legacies of war and genocide. During the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979) around 90% of Cambodian dancers were executed owing to their association with elite society.

Much of the reconstruction and revival of Cambodian dance has emphasised narratives of survival and survivors. In this process, the restoration of dance is linked to the restoration of the nation and its cultural identity. However, a younger generation of dancers – and increasingly, their elder master counterparts – are developing new modes of expression. In moving beyond associations with the violence of the Khmer Rouge era, the contemporary Cambodian dance world navigates a series of problematic issues. These include: the relationship between national identity and globalisation; the desire among international audiences for Khmer Rouge stories; and issues of self-censorship and social expectations. Drawing upon on-going fieldwork in Cambodia, the lecture discusses these dynamics by exploring recent dance productions.

Amanda Rogers - Dillwyn Medal Lecture 2018

Dr Amanda Rogers (pictured left receiving her award) is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography in the Department of Geography at Swansea University.  She is currently researching the performing arts, particularly theatre, and is part of an expanding group of creative cultural geographers establishing the field of the GeoHumanities.

The Learned Society of Wales Dillwyn Medals, celebrate the contribution of early career researchers working in, or with a connection to Wales. These awards meet the Society’s strategic objective of publically celebrating Welsh scholarship in the sciences, arts and humanities. 

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Date:  Thursday 8 February 2018

Drinks will be served beforehand at 17:00 in Science Central, Wallace Building, Singleton Park Campus, Swansea University.

The lecture will start at 18:00 until 19:30 in the Grove Lecture Theatre, Grove Building, Singleton Park Campus, Swansea University.

This free lecture is open to all – registration is not required

Contact: Anna Ratcliffe (Email: a.c.ratcliffe@swansea.ac.uk) - Telephone:  01792 295235