Thinking Through Tragedy and Comedy: Performance Philosophy and the Future of Genre

25 November, 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Below please find the detailed program for the upcoming Thinking Through Tragedy & Comedy: Performance Philosophy and the Future of Genre Symposium to be held at the ICI Berlin December 4-5.

All are welcome. 

  
  
  
SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM
PERFORMANCE PHILOSOPHY & THE FUTURE OF GENRE: THINKING THROUGH TRAGEDY & COMEDY
ICI Berlin
 
Thursday, December 4, 2014
 
9:30 – 10:00      Registration and Coffee
 
10:00 –11:00    WELCOME
·       Joachim Küpper (Dahlem Humanities Center, FU Berlin) and Christoph Holzhey (ICI Berlin)
·       Does Performance Philosophy Necessarily Pose the Question of genre?
Ramona Mosse (Freie  Universität Berlin), Maïté Marciano (Northwestern University), Anna Street     
(Sorbonne)
 
11:00 – 12:30   SEMINAR SESSION I
 
§    Seminar ASuffering/Laughter
Moderator: Alice Lagaay (Bremen University)
·         Konrad Bach (Freie Universität Berlin): Laughter as a Phenomenon of Presence
·         Anna Kawalec (John Paul II Catholic University Lublin): Comic Agents. Alfred Gell’s New Paradigm of Comedy
·         Alice Koubova (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic): To Be Ludic or Sacrificed in Performance? On the Ludic Mode of Thinking
·         Gregor Moder (University of Ljubljana): After Catastrophe: From Beckett to Zizek
 
§    Seminar BUniversal/Particular
Moderator:  Ramona Mosse (Freie Universität Berlin)
·         Julien Alliot (University of Paris IV – Sorbonne): The “Uncomely Comedy”: Celebrating the Divided Subject in Contemporary British Drama
·         Karoline Gritzner (Aberysthwyth University): Tragedy and the Persistence of Semblance
·         Kate Katafiasz (Newman University): Comedy, Tragedy and Radicalism in Edward Bond’s Under Room
 
12:30 – 14:30   Lunch Break
 
14:30 – 16:00   SEMINAR SESSION II
 
§    Seminar ASuffering/Laughter
Moderator: Russell Ford (Elmhurst College)
·         Preciosa de Joya (ICI Berlin): The Philosopher Farts and Clowns: Humor and Wisdom in Javanese Puppet Theatre
·         Katja Vaghi (University of Roehampton): Rococo Laughter: Dancing and Laughter in Jiri Kilian’s Birth-Day
·         Daniel Watt (Loughborough University): How Funny Is It Being a Plank of Wood: the Terrible Comedy of Cricot2 Theatre
 
§    Seminar BViolence/Ethics
Moderator: Kristin Flade (Freie Universität Berlin)
·         Kélina Gotman (King’s College London): Exceptionalism, Schizophrenia, Artaud: On Judgment
·         Misha Twitchin (University of London): In Patagonia? Some Notes for a Future Discussion of Beckett’s Catastrophe
·         Audroné Zukauskaité  (Vilnius University): Performative Evolutions: Romeo Castelluci’s Tragedy Endogonidia
 
16:00 – 16:30   Coffee Break
 
16:30 – 18:30   PANEL DISCUSSION I: HOW DO TRAGEDY AND COMEDY MAKE/UNMAKE THE WORLD?
Moderator: Tony Fisher (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)
·         Rupert Glasgow (Independent Scholar): Comedy, Philosophy, and the Paradox of Expecting the Unexpected
·         Joachim Küpper (Freie Universität Berlin): The Function of Tragedy
·         John Morreall (College of William and Mary): The Tragic Vision and the Comic Vision
·         Jennifer Wallace (Cambridge University): “The Real State of Sublunary Nature”: Can Tragedy and Comedy Be So Neatly Divided?
 
18:30 – 19:00   Coffee Break
 
19:00 – 20:30   KEYNOTE LECTURE: HANS-THIES LEHMANN (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main):
                         THEATRE – TRAGEDY - THOUGHT
 
 
Friday, December 5, 2014
 
09:30 – 10:00   Coffee
 
10:00 – 12:00   SEMINAR SESSION III
 
§    Seminar A: Universal/Particular
Moderator: Tony Fisher (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)
·         James Corby (Malta University): Of Comfort No Man Speak: Tragedy, Indifference, Consolation
·         Katrin Trüstedt (Erfurt University): Sea-Change of Comedy: Shakespeare’sTempest and Hegelian Dialectics
·         Paul Monaghan (University of Melbourne): Thinking Through the Senses in Tragedy
·         Mark Robson (Dundee University): The Necessity of a Figure
 
§    Seminar BViolence/Ethics
Moderator: David Savran (CUNY Graduate Center)
·         Florian Becker  (Bard College Berlin): “He Who Does not Learn Also Dies” – Christoph Menke on Tragedy and the Learning Play in Bertolt Brecht and Heiner Müller
·         Matthias Dreyer (Goethe Universität Frankfurt/Main): Caesura of Tragedy – Historicity as Critical Process
·         Rachel Fensham (University of Melbourne): On Watching Tragedy: Black Medeaand the Chorus
·         Andrew Parker (Rutgers University): Marx Shakespeare and Shakespeare’s Marx: Reading Anglish (1862)
 
12:00 – 14:00   Lunch Break
 
14:00 – 14:30   BOOK PRESENTATIONS
·         Magda Romanska (Harvard University): Comedy – An Anthology of Theory and Criticsm (Palgrave Macmillan)
·         Alice Lagaay (Bremen University) and Freddie Rokem (Tel Aviv University):Performance Philosophy Book Series (Palgrave Macmillan)
·         Erika Fischer-Lichte (Freie Universität Berlin) and Torsten Jost (Freie Universität Berlin): Interweaving Performance Cultures, Upcoming Publications
 
14:30 – 16:00   KEYNOTE LECTURE:  ERIKA FISCHER-LICHTE (Freie Universität Berlin):
 THE REBIRTH OF TRAGIC THEATRE OUT OF THE CHORUS
 
16:00 –16:30    Coffee Break
 
16:30 – 18:30   PANEL DISCUSSION II: HOW DO COMEDY AND TRAGEDY PERFORM PHILOSOPHICAL THOUGHT?
Moderator: Alice Lagaay (Bremen University)
·         Russell Ford (Elmhurst College): Deleuze on Tragedy and Comedy
·         Nikolaus Müller-Schöll (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main) : The Comical as Paradigm of the Experience of Modernity
·         Freddie Rokem (University of Tel Aviv): The Philosophical Focal Point Where Tragedy and Comedy Converge
·         Stephen Wilmer (Trinity College Dublin): The Asylum Seeker in Greek Tragedy
 
18:30– 19:00    Coffee Break
 
19:00 –20:30    KEYNOTE LECTURE: SIMON CRITCHLEY (The New School): COMIC VERSUS TRAGIC CATHARSIS
                           
20:30 – 21:30   Closing Remarks and Reception
 
 
All panel discussions and keynotes are free and open to the public (no pre-registration required). Seminar sessions work with pre-circulated papers and require prior registration at info@tragedycomedy.com
 
The symposium is organized by the Performance Philosophy Network’s Working Group “Tragedy and Comedy – Genres of Dramatic Thought”: Ramona Mosse (Freie Universität Berlin), Anna Street (University of Paris IV – Sorbonne) and Maïté Marciano (Northwestern University).

 

This symposium is grateful to the following organizations for their support and partnership:

Performance Philosophy, Dahlem Humanities Center, Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin

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