MARCH 9, 2010
Multiple cultures and problem of consensus.
Key quotes from Johnson’s article about networking and consensus.
How might this help us think regarding some of the problems we talked
about during the beginning of the term?
Briefly, disability culture is not a monolithic term, which essentializes one
world view or experience of disability, but a term which both presumes a
sense of shared and open-ended identity rooted in disability experience
and which “rejects the notion of impairment difference as a symbol of
shame, and stress instead solidarity and a positive identification” (Barnes
and Mercer 102).
In looking at these disability networks is interesting to look at disability
culture in Canada
“Intercultural theatre remains a robust concept to interpret the mixing of
influences from distinct traditions or cultural practices, but it also opens
discussion to the many meanings of culture, its tensions and histories.”
Suggesting that one of things that goes on:
Mixing of traditions and cultural practices
Open discussion to many meanings of culture
How can people come together when their influences are different?
It’s a good think to have this situation because it opens discussion of
multiple meanings of cultures.
Solidarity VS consensus
Creating institutions that represent common goals depends on a difficult
process of intercultural dialogue between different disability communities
As I hope to demonstrate, this process of finding solidarity has not meant
consensus (Peter 589). Assumption is built into solidarity, where you would be able to speak
publically about the cause.
Kind of like the “Ally” group. Notion of support in solidarity.
What are the implications of saying solidarity has not meant consensus.
Consensus can weaken solidarity? How can it be?
Network and Events
Who is excluded and included. (QUOTE)
Strategy and it is around networking.
Momentum around building a festival.
We’re starting out with an event that has built momentum, and how do we
continue in another form?
Networking and experience
Mixture of people was meant to build new connections and consolidate
emerging relationship while also testing the waters for the value of a
Building possible ongoing relationships, where experienced voices can
gather to share strategies.
Best practice: what is the most effective practice in dealing with something?
(Online forums for communication? Magazine publications, festivals, ETC)
Networks and Difference
Process does not occur without some friction.
Example of a “Deaf” culture
Deafness defined as a culture that perceives the world differently and has
different cultural values, even about the relevance, responsibilities and
purpose of culture.
The realization of a network also means recognizing the differences
embedded within it. Examples: Deafness.
Network implies regular communication.
Development of a network that will allow to support the presentation of the
widest amount of representations? What practices would we need to have
the network function? Without trying to come to some consensus about
what Canadian theatre should be. Best practices (Class discussion)
Self-identification of group, must be unique in some way
Magazines – Regular communication through Publication
Contribute what would be useful to some groups
Online discussion forms
Art Gallery for exchan