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



Seminar B, Session I - Universal / Particular:
Julien Alliot - The "Uncomely Comedy": Celebrating the Divided Subject in Contemporary British Drama
Karoline Gritzner - Tragedy and the Persistence of Semblance
Kate Katafiasz - Comedy, Tragedy, and Radicalism in Edward Bond's Under Room

Seminar B, Session II - Violence / Ethics
Moderator: Kristin Flade
Kélina Gotman - Exceptionalism, Schizophrenia, Artaud: On Judgment
Mischa Twitchin - In Patagonia? Some Notes for a Future Discussion of Beckett's Catastrophe
Audroné Zukauskaité - Performative Evolutions: Romeo Castelluci's Tragedy Endogonidia


Seminar B, Session III - Violence / Ethics :
Moderator: David Savran
Florian Becker - "He Who Does {Not} Learn Also Dies" - Christoph Menke on Tragedy and the Learning Play in Bertolt Brecht and Heiner Müller
Matthias Dreyer - Caesura of Tragedy - Historicity as Critical Process
Rachel Fensham - On Watching Tragedy: Black Medea and the Chorus
Andrew Parker - Marx's Shakespeare and Shakespaere's Marx: Reading "Anglisch" 1862)

  • 12:00 – 14:00 Lunch / Catered lunch for Participants

  • 14:00 - 14:30 Book Presentations
    Alice Lagaay and Freddie Rokem: Performance Philosophy Book Series (Palgrave Macmillan)
    Magda Romanska: Comedy - An Anthology of Theory and Criticism (Palgrave Macmillan)
    Erika Fischer-Lichte and Torsten Jost: Interweaving Performance Cultures, Upcoming Publications

  • 14:30 – 16:00 Keynote 2: Erika Fischer-Lichte

  • 16:00 -16:30 Coffee Break

  • 16:30 – 18:30 Roundtable Discussion II: How do comedy and tragedy perform philosophical thought?
    Moderator: Alice Lagaay
    Russell Ford - Deleuze on Comedy and Tragedy
    Nikolaus Müller-Schöll - The Comical As Paradigm of the Experience of Modernity
    Freddie Rokem - "The Philosophical Focal Point Where Tragedy and Comedy Converge"
    Stephen Wilmer - The Asylum Seeker in Greek Tragedy

  • 18:30– 19:00 Coffee Break

  • 19:00 –20:30 Keynote 3: Simon Critchley – Comic versus Tragic Catharsis

  • 20:30-21:30 Closing Remarks and Reception