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PhD Creative Writing Confirmation Seminar: Cynthia Hiu Ying Lam

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Thursday 24 Sep 2020, 10:00am - 11:00am

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Event search | PhD Creative Writing Confirmation Seminar: Cynthia Hiu Ying Lam

PhD Creative Writing Confirmation Seminar: Cynthia Hiu Ying Lam

Cynthia Hiu Ying Lam will be giving her PhD confirmation presentation at 10:00am on Thursday 24th September 2020 via video-conference in AT2.51 (Auckland), SGP3.64 (Manawatū), 7C34 (Wellington) and via Zoom.

The presentation is entitled Staging Decolonial Voices: Autobiographical performances of Chinese identity and womanhood.

Abstract:

My research explores the impact of colonisation and migration on identity. Through the creation and exploration of my own creative works––a solo memoir play based on the lives of my foremothers, and a second group documentary theatre project––and the critical analysis of contemporary theatre works by Chinese playwrights in Hong Kong and in New Zealand, I will explore how theatre and its creative process can help one to (re)connect, (re)store, (re)claim and (re)imagine ways of belonging in the world.

Employing a decolonial and transnational feminist lens, I will be examining how coloniality––with a focus on colonial structures in Hong Kong and New Zealand––impacts one’s sense of identity and belonging. Employing both practice-led and research-led methodological frameworks, I will demonstrate how the circulatory nature of autoethnography (where practice informs research, and research informs practice) can be a means to understand and situate the self within a particular cultural, social and political context; and in turn foster dialogue and solidarities across transnational communities through explorations of sameness and difference.

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