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Performance, Activism and Social movements

The course explores the creative and intellectual tensions and overlaps between Theatre Studies and Performance Studies.

Together we will analyze how the performing arts provide a vital public forum to debate issues of welfare, democracy and human rights. Further, we will address theories and methodologies from Theatre and Performance Studies and how they can be applied to the study of demonstrations, protest rallies and activist interventions.

The course applies historical and contemporary perspectives on social movements and expressions to convey their political messages. Also, we will thematize how increased social surveillance and state-sanctioned violence have affected contemporary manifestations in public spaces since 9/11.