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13 Oct 20232:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Common Salt: The Symposium

James Arnott Theatre

Common Salt is presented by the College of Arts & Humanities, The Hunterian, and Theatre Studies as part of Black History Month, considering several invisible entangled histories.

Reflecting on their acclaimed ‘table-top’ performance Common Salt, the two makers Sheila Ghelani and Sue Palmer defined it as:

A retelling of several invisible entangled histories: a hedge seeded across India by the British to collect a cruel salt tax; the life of a female naturalist called Eliza Brightwen; our research journey; enclosures; what the UK’s wealth is built upon; where some of the collections we stare at in museums come from.

The Common Salt symposium is an interdisciplinary research event intended to celebrate Sheila and Sue week-long residency of performances and workshops in the College of Arts and at The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow.

To mark the residency, a number of researchers in the College of Arts have been invited to respond to the themes of Common Salt and to mix their research with Sheila and Sue’s own research into Imperialism, Colonial Economics, Environmentalism, Natural History, Curating and Material Cultures.

The symposium will be comprised of:

  • An artists’ talk by Sheila and Sue on Common Salt in which they explore what artistic research is and how it functions in/as performance;
  • a series of short ‘sharings’ on Common Salt in which researchers in the College of Arts bring their own knowledges of economics, history, colonial racism, textiles, decolonial curation, activism, geography and imperialism to bear on the performance. Respondents are: Peggy Brunache, Andrew MacKillop, Vassiliki Kolocotroni, Zandra Yeaman, Gonca Yalcin, Deborah Dixon, Suchitra Choudhury and Stephen Mullen;
  • A public discussion about the feelings and thoughts that watching Common Salt provoked.

Wine reception to follow in the Hunterian Art Gallery.

This is a public event and everyone is welcome. The symposium is free but ticketed.

The symposium and residency have been supported by the College of Arts, The Chancellors Fund, The Hunterian and Theatre Studies.

Common Salt

  • Four performances of Common Salt at 12pm and 3pm on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 October – Tickets here
  • A free public workshop at Kelvin Hall, 2-4pm on Thursday 12 October – Tickets here
  • A Public Symposium on Friday 13 October, 2.00-4.30pm on Friday 13 October, including responses from colleagues across the College and beyond: Peggy Brunache, Andrew MacKillop,  Zandra Yeaman, Gonca Yalcin, Deborah Dixon, Suchitra Choudhury and Stephen Mullen – Tickets here