How do performance and philosophy encounter one another? Where do thinking and performing overlap? These are fundamental questions that are currently stimulating the ideas of philosophers, theatre and literature scholar and performers alike. Our international symposium offers a forum for this cross-disciplinary debate by focusing on tragedy and comedy as exemplary sites on which the tensions between theatre, philosophy, and performance are played out. Genre studies returns as a foil with which to reframe the discursive cultures that performance and philosophy offer. We seek to trace the future of genre in its philosophical and performative dimension. Our goal is to think the productive clash between generic structure and performative flow.

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In English

Simon Critchley
Erika Fischer-Lichte
Russell Ford
Rupert Glasgow
John Morreall
Nikolaus Müller-Schöll
Freddie Rokem
Jennifer Wallace
et al

Organized by

Organized by Ramona Mosse, Anna Street, and Maïté Marciano, founding members of the Performance Philosophy Working Group Tragedy and Comedy: Genres of Dramatic Thought, in cooperation with the Dahlem Humanities Center and the ICI Berlin, with support of the Center for International Cooperation at the Free University Berlin.

The event, like all events at the ICI Berlin, is open to the public, free of charge. The audience is presumed to consent to a possible recording on the part of the ICI Berlin. If you would like to attend the event yet might require assistance, please contact Event Management.

KV Tragedy and Comedy