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TEDxGalway- Lionel Pilkington- Performing,. Performance & Ireland

Performing, performance and IrelandThis short talk considers some of the ways in which the word 'performance', with its exuberant and conspicuous theatricality, has been adopted by a business-oriented culture as a synonym for accelerated efficiency. My argument is that 'performance'--understood especially in the Irish context where it has such deep historical roots and is often associated with the role stage Irishman—points more fruitfully to the ways in which innovation is grounded in critical thinking and thinking differently. This a mode of thinking that is capable of viewing the normal as constructed, performed, subject to change. Bluntly, my argument is that Ireland needs the humanities now more than ever: understood in this way, performance encapsulates what the humanities do best--critical thinking for a thinking society.Lionel Pilkington is Senior Lecturer in English and Head of the School of Humanities at NUI, Galway. His book Theatre & Ireland will be published by Palgrave/Macmillan in summer 2010.About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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