Event Title

Running from the Circus: Opposition and Identity among New Circus Artists in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Presenter Information

Anita Bacher, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 4:00 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

Since the resurgence of Argentine circus following the end of the military dictatorship in 1983, the city of Buenos Aires has experienced a transformation of the circus arts. Using theories of identity, exclusion, and public space, I explore in my thesis the factors present in the formation of identity of circus artists in the city. I primarily use the work of anthropologist Stuart Hall on the process of identity construction to inform my conclusions about the dialogic creation of identity through artists constructions of the Other. I draw on my fieldwork conducted by using semi-structured interviews and participant observation during the summer of 2013 to inform my research. I conclude that the opposition of the circus community and the Buenos Aires Polo Circo, an entity of the municipal government, presents a fundamental problem in the creation of programs for the circus community, and even the greater artistic community in the city because of its implications in democratization of arts and artistic citizenship.

Faculty Sponsor

Sahan Dissanayake

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Economics Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

348

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Running from the Circus: Opposition and Identity among New Circus Artists in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Since the resurgence of Argentine circus following the end of the military dictatorship in 1983, the city of Buenos Aires has experienced a transformation of the circus arts. Using theories of identity, exclusion, and public space, I explore in my thesis the factors present in the formation of identity of circus artists in the city. I primarily use the work of anthropologist Stuart Hall on the process of identity construction to inform my conclusions about the dialogic creation of identity through artists constructions of the Other. I draw on my fieldwork conducted by using semi-structured interviews and participant observation during the summer of 2013 to inform my research. I conclude that the opposition of the circus community and the Buenos Aires Polo Circo, an entity of the municipal government, presents a fundamental problem in the creation of programs for the circus community, and even the greater artistic community in the city because of its implications in democratization of arts and artistic citizenship.

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