Justus-Liebig-Universität GießenInstitut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft
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Queer Readings on Time: Performance and History


BA 3/4/5/9/10/11
MA 1/3/4
CUP 1/2/5/9


In the seminar we will read texts from Queer studies and Feminist studies examining the notion of time. From this perspective we will study how contemporary performance is addressing history and experimenting with temporality. We will explore what constitutes queer time and how queer identities are related to time. Queer time is usually described as time which surpasses the biological and familial chronology, which is beyond reproductive time, which radically changes the notion of kinship. How is such reading of time influencing the temporality of performance, the genealogy and history of performance and the ways how performances practitioners are experimenting with historical time? With the writings of Denis Ferreira da Silva, Judith Halberstam, Catherine Malabou, Elizabeth Freeman, Rosi Braidotti, Trinh T. Minh-Ha, Carla Freccero, we will explore the relationships between performance and history, arising from a queer understanding of time.