Live conversation for Forum of Disappearing Futures TRAUMA AS DURATIONAL PERFORMANCE with Diana Taylor and Chanatip Tatiyakaroonwong on December 9, 2021

The first forum speaks from the literal fractures in the people’s body, as state violence spills over the walls of hidden torture facilities and the frames of CCTV footage leaked from police stations. Our social structures and economic policies are designed by the ruling class to break bodies on an everyday basis, and this ubiquitousness leads to a self-blinding acceptance that these fracturing circumstances are the ‘norm’ for the majority of the population.

Taking its title from performance studies scholar Diana Taylor’s phrase, Trauma as Durational Performance, this forum thinks about past violence that lives on in the body and repeats itself in the present. Through the inarticulable spaces of our personal and collective memory, we aim to forge a new critical vocabulary and poetics across the limits of the language of human rights and performance, as well as to reorient our relationship to past violence that continues to work its power onto the future. While justice is perpetually deferred, the body continues to perform the claim.

In the midst of ongoing cases of torture and enforced disappearances in Thailand and elsewhere, we invite Diana Taylor, whose scholarship on performance engages with torture and enforced disappearances in Latin America, such as Argentina’s Dirty War and Chile under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in the 1970-80’s, find resonances in the continuous violence committed by the Thai state against its people.

This conversation also invites Chanatip Tatiyakaroonwong, a former human rights researcher and NGO worker in Thailand’s Deep South, to exchange his insight about Thai society’s historical and legal relationship to torture and enforced disappearances, as well as everyday practices imbued with varying degrees of violence that seeps into the people’s consciousness. The Forum team hopes that discussion will expand our understanding of these crimes beyond the rigid framework of international human rights law or the normative politics of activism, allowing for new sets of questions that consider the corporeal and affective mechanisms that enable such atrocities, and to ultimately ask what forms of remembering and healing are possible.

This live conversation will be conducted in English, and released with Thai subtitles afterwards. Registration link: https://zoom.us/…/tJwpc-ytqTIoE9KDM2qoEtorlFlsrCcZdfHL

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