Justus-Liebig-Universität GießenInstitut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft

Being Moved: Body and Affect in Contemporary Dance

BA 04/05
MA 01/04
CuP 01/02/07/08/09

Since the 'affective turn' in humanities beginning of the new millennium, more and more thinkers have started to explore theories around the idea of affect to conceptualize experience beyond the predominant paradigm of representation. Building upon thoughts of the philosopher Baruch Spinoza, these theories draw attention to the body for its capacity to affect as well as being affected – in equal measure as the mind. Movement is a central idea: Many theories highlight the moving body - human and / or non-human - as medium to enter spheres of experience. Against this backdrop it's hardly surprising that theories of affect have played an important role in concrete artistic processes as well as in theory construction within the realm of contemporary dance. In this seminar, we will explore the relation of body and affect: Reading Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, Brian Massumi and others, we will trace the notion of affect and its implications for possible conceptions of the body. The ideas of Erin Manning, Bojana Cvejić and other dance scholars will be discussed in regard to an application of these ideas to concrete artistic practices.
Please take into consideration that this seminar will take place from 16:00 to 17:30.