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Seminar Blogs

“Locally Manifested Global Injustices” – Hymke Theunissen

Many highly influential global movements that strive to end injustice have traveled via social media across the ocean from the United States to Europe. #MeToo, the global movement against sexual harassment, and Black Lives Matter, the global movement against racism, originated in the United States but have ever since spread across the world. These movements…

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“Mixing Episteme and Doxa – The Key to Increase Engagement in Business Design Thinking” – Liang Yue

Since Nobel Prize laureate Herbert Simon had first described “design thinking” in 1969, the methodology of design thinking and its variations have been adopted by all walks of life. It is an iterative process in which alternative strategies and solutions are developed to tackle the human-centered problem, generally including five phases: empathy, define, ideate, prototype,…

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“Landmark Building: The Interface with the Past” – Liang Yue

In the seminar of “The Cardiff Race Riots (1919): retraced, redrawn”, Mike Pearson, Professor Emeritus of Performance Studies at Aberystwyth University, shared his research project undertaken with National Theatre Wales about the Cardiff Race Riots. Personally speaking, among all the elements he used to retrace the historical event, those landmark buildings on the map of…

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“History as Art, or Vice-Versa” – Bernice Ong

Mike Pearson, Professor Emeritus of Performance Studies at Aberystwyth University and Researcher for the Cardiff Race Riots series, walks us back to 1919 in the seminar session on 16 Dec 2020, through a ‘live’ reading of the reconstructed event with accompanying slides of old Butetown and character mugshots. Historically, the neighborhood was known to have…

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“In Search of Lost Places (and Their Histories): Situating and Performing the 1919 Cardiff Race Riots with a Digital Graphic Novel” – Danny Steur

How are histories usually told? Though I am no student of history, I would say this most commonly occurs by chronicling the actions of history’s greatest persons: their remarkable, heroic undertakings, or maybe rather their horrendous activities. Naturally, a wide variety of forms of conveying histories exist, but a remarkable practice that I was unfamiliar…

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“Retelling of History through Performance” – Elena Roznovan

Through images and dramaturgy of text, Mike Pearson transports the audience’s imagination to the events of the Cardiff Race Riots of 1919. He describes in detail what transpired on the consecutive days of the riot, between June 11 and June 14, 1919. In Pearson’s historical reconstruction based on a local historian’s account and numerous newspaper…

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“Retraced, Redrawn, Retold” – Floor Mijland

With his steady narration, Mike Pearson (Professor Emeritus of Performance Studies at Aberystwyth University) transports us back in time, to the streets of Cardiff in June 1919. Accompanied by images of street corners, houses, men, families, we are emerged in the mayhem that took place over the course of four days and nights. We hear…

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“Cultural Forgetfulness” – Daniël Everts

In my recent academic endeavors, I have been focussing on memory on a cultural level. Primarily, I have been interested in the way some memories are given precedence over other memories in digital social media. However, when performance studies scholar Mike Pearson of Aberystwyth University spoke of his contribution in re-creating a particularly dark moment…

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“Expanding and Enacting Historiographies” – Hannah Harder

A professor of performance studies, Mike Pearson developed the theater piece Wild Scenes at Cardiff in 2019, a dynamic performance of a local history. This project brings the audience through the four days of the Cardiff race riots, describing the broad movements of the events and the actors involved. Certainly a weighty task, Pearson describes…

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