Advanced Topics in Performance Studies: Imagining Anticolonial Performance Practices|
Fall 2020 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate, Queer Studies, Sustainability and Environmental Justice|
Performance studies is an interdisciplinary field (brushing up against anthropology, theater studies, linguistics, critical race studies, psychoanalysis, and queer theory) that orbits conceptions of "the live." We will use "performance" as both a practice and lens to explore art, theater, dance, music, everyday performances, and presentations of the self. In addition to introducing students to some of the key debates in the field of performance studies, this class will pay particular attention to decolonial and anticolonial performance practices. With a specific attention to Native North American politics, practice, art, and performance, we will study examples of contemporary Indigenous art in order to imagine performance's potential ability to work toward the anti-normalization of settler colonial logics and laws. Student projects will take the shape of semester-long critical research papers.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)(THEA)
"Postdramatic Theater", Hans-Thies Lehmann
"The Transformative Power of Performance: A New Aesthetics", Erika Fisher-Lichte
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|Examinations and Assignments: |
Students will work on individual research papers (15-20 pages) throughout the semester. Research topics are due by the end of the first month of classes; a polished draft of the paper (7-10 pages) will serve as the mid-term; additionally, students will give an oral presentation of their research during the final week of classes. Shorter oral presentations are due throughout the course. Possible topics are (but not limited to): acting/ritualizing; modes of presence; embodiment; dance in the context of performance studies; the visual arts and performance; ritual practices in experimental performance; new rituals; ritual and diasporas; urban United States, tradition, and cultural rites; public performance as social ritual; music in ritual and performance; spectatorship in ritual, theatre, and ritual theatre; embodiment in ritual and performance; comparative analysis of different rituals/ritualized practices.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The course combines lecture and seminar formats. Students will engage in independent research. Students are invited to bring additional readings on their research projects to class discussions. Recommended for students with a background in the performing and visual arts or religious/ritual studies. Please contact the instructor via e-mail if you have questions.
This course fulfills the Religion Department "Thematic Approaches" major requirement.
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