media release

Making links between politics and performance

March 20, 2014

Janet Webber, SFU Public Square, 778.782.9479,
Kamilah Charters-Gabanek, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

Performance and politics are closely related fields, according to Simon Fraser University professor Peter Dickinson. Dickinson, a professor in SFU’s Department of English, will address the aesthetics and political consequences of different kinds of performances on March 27 at Performance Matters. The talk is part of the SFU President’s Faculty Lecture Series.

Dickinson will also explore the importance and implications of a performance’s setting and audience and what art and culture teach us about our everyday actions.

“If we conceive of performance as a form of doing, then I want people to think about what they’re doing,” says Dickinson. “In the same way that an actor prepares to go onstage, there should be more preparation for your personal, professional and political performances, whether you’re a teacher in the classroom or an MP in Parliament.”

Dickinson is the author of World Stages, Local Audiences: Essays on Performance, Place and Politics, which examines the geographic and historic affiliations between different performance sites and the social bonds created within audiences.

Joining SFU in 2002, Dickinson has served as both the undergraduate chair and graduate chair of the Department of English. He is currently the president of the Board of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and recently collaborated with SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts on a multi-disciplinary dance-theatre piece.

The SFU President’s Lecture Series showcases SFU faculty and their work while fostering SFU’s commitment to community-engaged research and outreach.

The free public lecture is on Thursday, Mar. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville St. Registration is required.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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