ISFC 2022 GUEST SPEAKERS
3rd Annual International Symposium on Festival Culture (ISFC)
Virtual Symposium - Registration Free
12 June 2022
Digital On-line Festival Communities and Communication
Dr. Hanna Klien-Thomas
Dr. Klien-Thomas' research is situated in the field of media anthropology focusing on transnational media circuits, visual culture and digital activism. Her PhD project on Indian popular culture and Caribbean audiences which was funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences, allowed her to spend a year as an affiliate scholar at the Institute of Gender and Development at the University of the West Indies. She published two monographs on Cuban Hip Hop and Hindi cinema as well as a number of book chapters and peer-reviewed articles.
Postcolonial Curriculum and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
Dr. Melanie Marie Haywood
Director of Education Development Service (EDS) at BCU, and has a passion for academic development, quality, and equity in education and leadership. She has worked across the field of education in primary, secondary and higher education, both in the Caribbean and the UK. Her research interests are comparative education studies, postcolonial education, assessment, and pedagogy. She is seeking to strengthen the links between education and festival culture.
South Asian performance, curation, and digital and/or physical archives
Dr. Priyanka Basu
Dr. Basu, is a lecturer in Performing Arts and joined King’s College London in September 2021. She also holds Visiting Fellowships at the Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL and the SOAS South Asia Institute. Before joining KCL, she worked for more than 5 years in the Asia & Africa Department at the British Library as Curator of the AHRC/BEIS-funded ‘Two Centuries of Indian Print’ project. She curated the South Asia Seminar Series as part of this project. She has taught as Guest Lecturer at SOAS, University of Glasgow, Loughborough University, King’s College London, University of Bonn and Shiv Nadar University. Priyanka is trained in the Indian classical dance form of Odissi and has performed in Japan, India and the UK.
Carnival Combined Arts: Making and Remaking and performance (street/stage)
Rubadiri Victor is a multi-media artist from Trinidad & Tobago working in 8 mediums (painting, theatre, music, film, photography, carnival arts, writing & publishing, design & curation, and lecturing). He has an extensive catalog of work in all of these media spanning 20+ years. He is the founder of the Artists’ Coalition of Trinidad & Tobago- T&T’s primary artist representative body. Many current state policies and programs for the Creative Industries were authored or leveraged by Rubadiri and his group. His multi-media work and multiple apprenticeships with Elder Master Artists informed his art and activism and has led him to become a scholar with new critical takes on contemporary cultural theory.
He's the author of ‘Meditation on the Traditions - a photo-essay on Trinidad Carnival's traditional masquerade- and publisher of ‘Generation Lion Magazine’.- the largest glossy magazine in the Caribbean. 'Passion Fruit'- an anthology of his newspaper columns from the country's 2 largest dailies- is to be published later this year.
Rubadiri is also the founder and Artistic Director of the ‘Wire Bend Folklore Theatre’. The troupe combines costumes and sets created by traditional Master Artisans with interactive digital animation and new media onstage to depict ancestral and contemporary folklore.
Rubadiri’s books ANANSI & THE 10 DRAGONS and ANANSI & THE BOOK OF NIGHT are the first and second parts of a 21-part ‘New Adventures of Anansi’ series depicting the adventures of 3 generations of the Anansi family. The series is part of a larger Universe of Magical Realism books by Rubadiri’s Passion Fruit Publishing company entitled 'Myths for a New Time.' This year he will be releasing 4 books of photography & writings with collaborator Dexter Browne.
Festival Fever: The Political Agency of Festival in Museums (festivals and museums)
Dr. Sarah Feinstein
Having worked in the cultural sector for over seventeen years, acquiring skills in collections management and arts administration. Dr. Feinstein worked as a museum technician at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), and as research assistant for the Repatriation Office at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (Washington, D.C.). She worked as a researcher at the Pankhurst Center Heritage Museum (Manchester) and the Prisons Memory Archive (Belfast). Dr. Feinstein is currently a Teaching Fellow at the School of Performance and Creative Industries at the University of Leeds and the Programme Leader for the MA in Audience Engagement and Participation. And previously, worked as a Lecturer in Museology at the Institute of Cultural Practices at the University of Manchester.