OUR RESEEARCH OUTPUTS
Our research around Feral Queer Camp focuses on queer performance and queer pedagogies –
here are some of the research outputs we have produced so far.
Embracing Feral Pedagogies: Queer Feminist Education through Queer Performance (2022)
Alyson Campbell, Meta Cohen, Stephen Farrier and Hannah McCann
Chapter in Gender in an Era of Post-truth Populism (edited by Penny Jane Burke, Julia Coffey, Rosalind Gill and Akane Kanai)
This chapter explores how a series of strategies we are calling ‘feral pedagogies’ can be deployed as a methodology and means of de-domesticating feminist queer knowledges and rewilding the nexus of academic and queer community practice. Here we enlist the definition of feral as ‘the domesticated gone wild’ to conjure up a way to resist the institutionalization of both queer academics and queer knowledge in the academy and attempt – albeit messily – to take queer ideas back into the streets (Campbell 2018, 2019) .
Article in Theatre Topics
Running interference and going feral: twin strategies that work two ways – in to and out from the academy.
I am a queer-identifying teacher, artist and activist operating both within and beyond the disciplinary confines of a Theatre department in a conservatoire training environment – the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne, Australia. I have been struggling for some time now with the ambivalences and contradictions this throws up, and have been asking: ‘As a queer artist (outside!) turned artist-scholar (inside!) who has been utterly domesticated by being subsumed into the normative institution of academia … how [can I] continue to exist within that environment? What inequalities does one have to avert one’s eyes from in order to stay inside, to hold this position?’ (Campbell, 2019: 177)
Going Feral: Queerly de-Domesticating the Institution (and Running Wild)
Chapter in The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics (edited by Peter Eckersall and Helena Grehan)
This chapter is written from the position of the queer-identifying theatre practitioner-scholar and interrogates their relationship to the institutions of theatre, funding bodies, and the academy.
The queer-identified artist, like the queer-identified researcher, is always functioning in a deeply ambivalent position. What does it mean when one of the fundamental principles of queer is that it sets itself up against what is normative, for this queer-identified person to exist within, be paid or salaried within, or seek approval from, one or more of these institutions? What happens to (their) queerness?
The parallels between theatre and the academy are close and multiple, and I suggest this is particularly so around the field of queer Practice as Research (PaR). The chapter examines a recent example of the author’s PaR work on HIV and AIDS in performance, GL RY/WHoLE (Belfast 2016), to argue that the uncomfortably placed queer artist-scholar might appropriate a ‘feral’ modus operandi in order to radically de-domesticate the domesticating strictures and privileges of these institutions. In other words, to take the money and knowledge and run wild.
GL RY: A (W)Hole Lot of Woman Trouble. HIV Dramaturgies and Feral Pedagogies
Chapter in Viral Dramaturgies: HIV and AIDS in Performance in the Twenty-First Century (edited by Alyson Campbell and Dirk Gindt)
This essay stems from a Practice as Research performance installation, GL RY, led by the author in a public square throughout the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne. The essay argues that there is a gaping hole in representation of women living with HIV in contemporary performance in countries like Australia. The essay proposes two main concepts: conversation—in form as well as process—is a key part of a contemporary dramaturgy of HIV; and, building on that, this dramaturgy of conversation might be productively merged with queer ideas of kinship and family to form what I am calling ‘feral pedagogies’: a queerly de-domesticated idea of how we teach and learn, in this case about HIV.
We are working on some exciting new
research outputs – more to be announced soon!
Special issue of Contemporary Theatre Review: What’s Queer about Queer Performance Now?(2022)
Edited by Alyson Campbell, Stephen Farrier and Manola Gayatri Kumarswamy
The Feral Queer Camp is supported by the Creativity and Wellbeing Research Initiative and The Victorian College of the Arts - The University of Melbourne; and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.