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Popular Culture and World Politics 8: Keynote performance

Keynote performer: Dr Catherine Charrett, University of Chichester
About the performance
Politics in Drag: Sipping Toffee with Hamas in Brussels is a 45 minute performance which attempts to re-envision the EU’s response to Hamas’s electoral success in the Palestinian legislative elections through a hyperbolic, melancholic and parodic telling of conversations that never took place. Hamas is a movement listed on the EU’s terrorist list and in 2006 the movement won elections that the EU had monitored and declared to be free and fair. The EU’s response was to diplomatically, financially and politically sanction the democratically elected body, which analysts argue was an opportunity missed to engage politically with Hamas. This live performance stages alternative encounters between the EU and Hamas by performatively addressing the vulnerabilities, intimacies and subjugations of their ritualised being not-together. It presents interviews with Hamas leaders and EU representatives conducted between 2012-2013 through the theoretical and aesthetic mode of the drag performance. By re-fictionalising the response to the 2006 elections, this performance imagines politics anew, allowing for different conversations to arise from performing what normally remains hidden in political encounters.
About the performer
Dr Catherine Charrett is an Associate Lecturer for the Department of History and Politics at the University of Chichester. Catherine completed a PhD in International Politics from Aberystwyth University, Wales in September 2014. Catherine also holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics (2008) and a BA in International Relations and Political Science from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (2006). Catherine’s doctoral research explored EU-Hamas relations after the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections. This project involved extensive field research in Gaza and in Brussels. Catherine employs an interdisciplinary methodological approach to security and diplomacy, drawing on performance and cultural studies to ask questions about the impact of agency, institutional rituals and discursive apparatus on policy-making. This approach is grounded in Judith Butler’s work on the performativity of gender. Catherine’s research interests include Critical Security and Terrorism Studies and Gender Politics.
About Popular Culture and World Politics 8
PCWP8 continues to reimagine and foreground questions of both popular culture in world politics and the world politics of popular culture. Bringing scholars from a  variety of academic disciplines into an interdisciplinary space, previous PCWP conferences have encouraged critical, creative and collaborative engagement with a broad range of topics.
PCWP8 seeks to interrogate the cultural, ethical and political significance of worlding in contemporary global politics.

You can find out more information about PCWP8 on the conference website.

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