ZOOMPOSIUM: Performance, Science & Technology

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CPAS presents a Zoomposium on PERFORMANCE, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

About the event

Popular entertainment has always been intertwined with the cutting edge of science and technology. 

It is a versatile frame for interpreting our relationship with technological and scientific advancement. 

This zoomposium will explore the way popular entertainment, including historical science shows, clown acts, magic lantern and robot performances, represent and interact with science and technology. 

Speakers will discuss mad scientists in comics, the link between the Joker and virology, ‘Android Science’, the evolution of Hulk and many other exciting topics. 

Confirmed speakers

  • Prof Stefan Buchenberger (Kanagawa University, Japan)
  • Thomas Conner (UC San Diego, USA)
  • Dr Elisa deCourcy (ANU)
  • A/Prof Carol Hayes (ANU)
  • Dr Rebecca Hendershott (ANU)
  • A/Prof Martyn Jolly (ANU)
  • Dr Lindy Orthia (ANU)
  • Dr Ruth Richards (RMIT University)
  • Dr Yuji Sone (Macquarie University)
  • Dr Brad Tucker (ANU)

This event will be organised by Dr Anna-Sophie Jürgens and Melanie McMahon.

 

INTRODUCTION – PERFORMANCE, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 

 

9.00-9.40am 

Put on a happy face! Welcome and Introduction & Science Stereotypes in Mainstream Comic Fiction

Dr Anna-Sophie Jürgens & Melanie McMahon 

 

PART 1 - SCIENCE AND COMIC PERFORMANCE  

 

9.40-10.10am 

Evil as Performance – Performing Evil: Three Early Clownish Superman Villains: Mr. Mxyzptlk, Toyman and Prankster 

 

Prof Stefan Buchenberger 

 

10.10-10.30am 

Break / Collective Online Coffee Break  

10.30-11.00am 

Reinvention, Transformation and the Darkside of Scientific Ethics in Tezuka Osamu’s Black Jack  

 

A/Prof Carol Hayes 

11.00-11.30am 

"More a sort of clown, actually": Intersections of Science, Ritualised Performance and Clownish Comedy in Doctor Who 

 

Dr Lindy Orthia 

11.30-12.15pm 

Break (offline) 

 

12.15-13.15pm 

 

LUNCH EVENT! Launch of the Book Circus, Science and Technology: Dramatising Innovation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) - PERFORMANCE - and Launch of the Pop Culture Hub at CPAS

(more info soon)

 

 

PART 2 – POPULAR PERFORMANCE AND TECHNOLOGY 

 

1.15-1.45pm 

Pepper’s Ghost and the Augmented Reality of Modernity

 

MA Thomas Conner  

1.45-2.15pm 

Mechanical Clowns, Limber Acrobatics and Pirouetting Dancers within the Apparatus of the Magic Lantern  

 

A/Prof Martyn Jolly and Dr Elisa deCourcy 

2.15-2.45pm 

The Circus and Technologies of Animation 

 

Dr Ruth Richards 

2.45-3.15pm 

Break / Collective Online Coffee Break 

3.15-3.45pm 

A Bit of Fun? Or Harmful Representation? Human Evolution and Savagery in Popular Culture 

 

Dr Rebecca Hendershott 

3.45-4.15pm 

Hiroshi Ishiguro’s Android Science: The Fabulation of "Upstream Engagement" and Entertainment 

 

Dr Yuji Sone 

4.15-4.45pm 

Aliens – Science Fiction and the Search for Them 

 

Dr Brad Tucker 

 

4.45-5.00pm 

Wrap up and Good-Bye