2021 Broderick Chow and Royona Mitra

Annual Lecture 2021 ‘Critical listening. Anti-Racism. Institutions.

Speakers: Broderick Chow (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London) and Royona Mitra (Brunel University)

13 May 2021, 4-6pm, hosted by the Critical Pedagogies Reading Group and the Centre for Education and Teaching Innovation, University of Westminster

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About the lecture

In preparation for this Critical Pedagogies Annual Lecture, Broderick Chow and Royona Mitra exchanged a series of voice note conversations. The short recordings of music, sound and text prompted an exercise of what Alexandra T. Vasquez (2013) calls “listening in detail”, a method aspiring to “open up” rather than “pin down”. The exercise also responded to the call by Rajni Shah (forthcoming 2021) to theatre and performance studies for an attentiveness to words, worlds and actions through a “commitment to not-knowing”. The form of this exchange was an attempt to move away from colonial models of knowledge production and exchange such as debates, panels, keynotes towards a coalitional space of growth and learning. The resulting podcast invites colleagues to engage in the same listening exercise undertaken by the authors, which we propose is a methodology for anti-racism in both institutional and pedagogical practice.

In the session, the authors will frame and introduce the podcast, invite colleagues into the critical listening exercise, and initiate a sharing in response between the attendees.

About Broderick Chow and Royona Mitra

Broderick Chow is Reader in Theatre, Performance and Sport and Deputy Dean (Interim) of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. At Central he leads the Repairing the Curriculum project, a process of critical and decentred pedagogic reflection and change. He is co-editor of Performance and Professional Wrestling(Routledge, 2016) and the forthcoming Sports Plays (expected August 2021). His forthcoming book Dynamic Tensions explores the origins of men’s fitness practices in UK/US popular theatre. He also has research interests in Philippine commercial theatre and popular music, economies of theatre, and anti-racist and anti-colonial pedagogies. He is a member of ‘Revolution or Nothing’, a network for Black and Global Majority scholars in UK dance, theatre and performance studies, and an advocate for coalitional approaches towards anti-oppression in the academy.

Royona Mitra is Reader in Dance and Performance Cultures at Brunel University London where she is also Associate Dean of Equality and Diversity for the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences. She is the author of Akram Khan: Dancing New Interculturalism (Palgrave; 2015) which was awarded the 2017 de la Torre Bueno First Book Award by the Dance Studies Association (DSA) and her scholarship contributes to discourses on new interculturalism, antiracism and decoloniality in dance and theatre studies. She is a member of ‘Revolution or Nothing’, a network for Black and Global Majority scholars in UK dance, theatre and performance studies, and an advocate for coalitional approaches towards anti-oppression in the academy.