Performing Activism WG

The Performing Activism Working Group draws on the work being carried out by the Social Performance Network to conceptualise activism as social performance. The PAWG aims to extend focus into power, oppression, inequality, and change, by considering the links between activism and social impact, and repression and resistance.

PAWG is particularly interested in using mass media narrativising of instances of activism to develop insights into dominant ideological (state) positionings of resistance. We are interested on working with activists, artists, teachers, and researchers to develop provocations, discussion panels, and ‘interruptions’ in response to the themes of this group.

To find out more, and/or to get involved, please get in touch with group facilitator Dr Jo Shah at with the subject heading
Performing Activism Working Group’

Performing Activism Working Group

Upcoming Events:

Launch of the Performing Activism Working Group as part of the State Violence Research Network at the University of Manchester 

Digital Activism: Trending Topics or Here to stay change?   

The event will consider the role of digital technology in present day race activism and discuss issues of longevity when using digital platforms for social action. 

Chair: Karis Wakefield 

In Conversation 

Steve Kavuma (Diversity School Initiative)


Colleen CiCi (Founder of Unspoken Series #SafeBlackSpace)


Current Projects:  [Under Discussion]

Dr Jo Shah – facilitator
Reka Polonyi