GRiT: Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal, ‘The Value of Authenticity’ – 2 November 2017

Join us tomorrow, Thursday 2 November, 4-5pm, in G04, 43 Gordon Square for our first GRiT session of the academic year:

Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal (Birkbeck PhD candidate), ‘The Value of Authenticity’

This presentation will explore the notion of ‘the authentic’ in service and hospitality work, comparing it with the search for ‘truthful’ or ‘authentic’ performance in theatre. Using workplace training documents which provide instructions for employee’s behaviour and emotional labour, it will consider what role these social performances play in generating value, and why ‘authentic’ experience has become so prized by businesses and consumers in today’s economy.

GRiT (Graduate Research in Theatre) is Birkbeck’s research seminar series on theatre and performance research, drawing on Birkbeck’s PhD students and academics and invited speakers. Everyone is welcome, including MA students considering PhD research in future.