Justus-Liebig-Universität GießenInstitut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft
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Performance Theory II


BA 03 / 04
MA 01 / 03 / 04
CuP 02 / 08


Whereas the first part of this seminar dealt with some of the basic texts of performance theory as it has developed since the 1950s, the second part will look at more recent theories of performance and performativity. The seminar will introduce students to a wide range of approaches from Judith Butler’s now famous gender theory to Karen Barads’ posthumanist redefiniton of performativity and look at their potential implications for theatre and dance. Following Jon Mckenzie’s notion of the „performance imperative“ that has become the norm in contemporary Western societies we may also ask whether performance theroy’s emancipatory potential has a critical downside. The seminar will be held in English. It may also be attended by students who did not enrol in the first part.