Associate Professor Shannon Steen (Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies) will present research from her project “Creative Class Civil Wars,” which explores the ways our concepts of creativity are shifting to exclude those in the arts. Her presentation will examine how those changes are rooted in the history by which “creativity” became a legitimate object of academic research, a history itself based in Cold War international rivalry that now takes China as its primary object of anxiety. Her presentation forms part of her current book project The Pacific Century, on the performance cultures of the Pacific tech triangle (the Bay Area, Tokyo, and Shenzhen, China).
Associate Professor Shannon Steen writes and teaches about race and performance, primarily in the intersection of the African American and Asian American worlds. She is the author most recently of Racial Geometries: The Black Atlantic, Asian Pacific, and American Theatre (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010; part of the Studies in International Performance Series), and is co-editor of AfroAsian Encounters: Culture, History, Politics (New York University Press, 2006). She has published articles in Theater Journal as well as Essays in Theater/Études Théâtrales.
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