Inaugural Lecture: Professor Lois Weaver

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21 March 2012

Time: 6:30pm
Venue: ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre, ArtsTwo Building, Mile End Campus

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What Tammy Found Out, a front line report from the back porch, the schoolyard and the dinner table

Lois Weaver
Professor of Contemporary Performance Practice

Chair: Peggy Phelan, Ann O’Day Maples Professor in the Arts, Stanford University

Tammy WhyNot is a performance persona who claims to be a trailer park survivor who gave up a career in country music to become a lesbian performance artist and a university researcher. Tammy is dedicated to the facilitation of public engagement in social and economic justice and experimental forms of democracy. She applies her considerable courage and uncomplicated curiosity to her research project, What Tammy Needs to Know …about education and class; high art and popular culture; performance and human rights; feminism and femininity; and most recently, sex and aging. What Tammy Found Out is a performance lecture that will present findings from her 62 years of research.

Lois Weaver is Professor of Contemporary Performance Practice, Department of Drama, Queen Mary, University of London and an independent performance artist and activist. She was co founder of WOW Theatre in New York and has been a collaborator with the Split Britches Company since 1980. She was Director of PSi12: Performing Rights, an international conference and festival on performance and human rights in 2006 and is currently Artistic Director for Air Project, an initiative that nurtures and sustains Live Art practitioners in the UK. Her practice based research uses performance to initiate conversations on human rights in women’s prisons with the project Staging Human Rights; technology design with Democratising Technology; and the role of democracy in public engagement with The Long Table. Tammy WhyNot has accompanied Lois since 1978 as her alter-ego, performance partner and research associate.

A reception will follow the lecture