Ballrooms of Romance: Women, Dance & Gender Performances
Unsere exchange-Lektorin aus Irland ,Barbara O’Connor hält am 15. Mai um 18.00 Uhr in der GesWi am Rudolfskai 42 im HS 380 eine Public Lecture, zu der jedeR herzlich willkommen ist.
Sie wird über DIE gesellschaftliche Aktivität Mitte des 20ten Jahrhunderts sprechen – über das Ballroom Dancing und dessen emanzipatorische Bedeutung für die Frauen:
„The dance hall space, it is proposed, was constructed as a ‚romantic utopia‘ – a space that was special, glamorous and modern and in which women could play out the ’staged dramas of everyday life‘ (Illouz, 1997). It is argued that these dance performances both reflected and fostered shifting forms of identities for women; a move towards individualism, a hyper-feminity in the ‚presentation of self‘, a swell as an increasing identification with urban modernity and consumption. There were contradictions in the ‚romantic utopia‘ too. And, while the dance hall was an escape from everyday reality, a place of fantasy and pleasure, it was also a space of displeasure and gender work because of the imbalance of gender power both in the dance-hall and in the society at large.“