The burning circle: (pre)history, performance and public engagement

Berger, C. and Robertson-Kirkland, B. (2017) The burning circle: (pre)history, performance and public engagement. Scottish Journal of Performance, 4(1), pp. 29-53. (doi: 10.14439/sjop.2017.0401.03)

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n recent years, there has been a change of culture in the academic environment: researchers are now strongly encouraged to collaborate across disciplines and develop strategies to engage non-specialist publics with the processes and results of their work. Often, artistic researchers are brought in to provide the ‘window dressing’ that allows other research disciplines to more effectively communicate their ‘hard data’. However, in Burning the Circle, a project that emerged from a collaboration between researchers in Archaeology, History, Music and Theatre Studies, and industry partners Northlight Heritage and National Trust for Scotland, emphasis was given to how artistic activities, in this case performance, produce formally specific insights through their particular mediality and the modes of sensorial engagement they produce. In this article, we approach the event from our perspective as artist-scholars in performance-based disciplines to begin to consider how performance might play a more central and productive role in interdisciplinary public engagement events.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:BtC was made possible thanks to support from the Graduate School of Arts at the University of Glasgow and National Trust for Scotland.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Robertson-Kirkland, Dr Brianna and Berger, Dr Cara
Authors: Berger, C., and Robertson-Kirkland, B.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Scottish Literature
College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Scottish Journal of Performance
Publisher:The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
ISSN (Online):2054-1961
Published Online:17 September 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Scottish Journal of Performance 4(1):29-53
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License
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