Performance, Activism and Social movements, 7.5 credits

About the education

The course explores the creative and intellectual tensions and overlaps between Theatre Studies and Performance Studies by focusing on activist rallies and social movements that occupy public spaces. The course analyzes not only how the performing arts provide a vital public forum to debate issues of welfare, democracy and human rights, but also how theories and methodologies from Theatre and Performance Studies can be applied to the study of demonstrations, protest rallies and activist interventions. The course applies historical and contemporary perspectives and offers examples from the civil rights movement, HIV and AIDS activism, feminist and anti-racist struggles as well as the global justice movement to study how they use theatrical and performative means and expressions to convey their political messages. The course also thematizes how increased social surveillance and state-sanctioned violence have affected contemporary manifestations in public spaces since 9/11.

Subject: Performance Studies

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Area of interest: Arts and Humanities

How are different cultures created and how do they affect us? Arts and Humanities is an area of interest that includes a wide variety of subjects such as Archaeology, Philosophy, History, Religion, Ethnology, Literature, and Theatre and Performance Studies. In one way or another these subjects are an expression of how culture affects human beings and society. As a student you will improve your analytical skills and learn to identify different lines of development, often in an interdisciplinary context.

Studies within Arts and Humanities give you broad general competence that is very useful in the job market, where autonomy, analytical and communication skills are in great demand.

Department responsible for education

Department of Culture and Aesthetics