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Thinking Through Tragedy and Comedy A Symposium on Performance Philosophy and the Future of Genre


Maïté Marciano

Maïté is a first year PhD student in Comparative Literature at Northwestern University and has been awarded a Mellon Foundation Award from the Critical Studies in Theatre and Performance Cluster. She holds a Masters of Arts from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, U.K. Her Master's thesis examined tragedy as a philosophical discourse (metaphysics) and focused on the work of Nietzsche and Hegel. One of the purposes of her study was to challenge the reduction of tragedy to a theatrical genre.

Ramona Mosse

Ramona is a Lecturer in Theatre Studies and former Fellow of the International Research Centre "Interweaving Performance Cultures" at the Free University Berlin. She holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She is co-editor with Minou Arjomand of Erika Fischer-Lichte’s The Routledge Introduction to Theatre and Performance Studies (Routledge 2014). She is currently working on a book manuscript on the theoretical and theatrical encounters of tragedy and utopia in Cold War Culture.

Anna Street

Anna Street is a double-doctoral candidate at the University of Paris - Sorbonne (English Studies - Theater) and at the University of Kent (Comparative Literature) and holds a Masters in Philosophy from the Sorbonne. Translator for the book collection Les Petits Platons, she is also a member of the research laboratory VALE (Voix Anglophones: Littérature et Esthétique, EA4085). Along with other members of LAPS, she recently co-organized the international conference "Theater, Performance, Philosophy" held at the Sorbonne in June 2014 ( Her thesis traces the corollary between philosophy's growing reliance upon performative techniques and comedy's simultaneous rise in significance, both on stage and in the field of aesthetics (