Entertainment, Politics and Culture: Perspectives on a Historical Relationship
Hosted by the Institute of Historical Research, University of London in the Wolfson Conference Suite
Deadline for Registration: 31st May 2018
Throughout history, political power has used different forms of art and entertainment to buttress its legitimacy, or to express its ideology, values, and political agenda. From the Roman circus and popular religious festivities to the contemporary entertainment industry, all societies have developed mechanisms of popular entertainment and public rituals in which political views, interests, and demands can be expressed. Furthermore, entertainment and cultural manifestations have functioned as a form of resistance. Artists, performers, and other cultural figures have demanded their autonomy to freely express their values and opinions. At our conference we will be considering this crucial historical relationship throughout history and across the globe through a variety of papers delivered by new and early career researchers.