This international doctoral and post-doctoral seminar held at Inter University Centre Dubrovnik covers wide variety of topics dealing with theatrical, philosophical, cultural, political issues, as well as issues in the field of cognitive studies.
We organize Theatrum Mundi seminars on a yearly basis.
We are exploring:
- identity politics and political consciousness,
- topics connected to performing gender
- dynamics of self identity and cultural identity
- the politics of self-determination and self-determination disputes of political groups
- identity and political participation
- political discourse genres, their structure and their performative dynamics
- interdisciplinary approaches to consciousness and the self,
- cognitive psychology in political science,
- autopoetic performance, identity and cross-cultural stiorytelling
- self and first-person phenomenology
- performance, phenomenology, and the cognitive turn
- cognitive studies in cultural history
- perfomance strategies, communication networks
- actor-training and cognition
Theatrum Mundi 7: Performing Others in the Self.
Sub-topic: Performing (Europe’s) Others In/Between Different Fields of Artistic and Scientific Research
Dubrovnik, Inter-University Center
“Stiff shudderings shook the heav’nly thrones! France, Spain, and Italy
In terror view’d the bands of Albion, and the ancient Guardians,
Fainting upon the elements, smitten with their own plagues!”
William Blake: America: The Prophecy (1793)
“Shadows of men in fleeting bands upon the winds
Divide the heavens of Europe;
Till Albion’s Angel, smitten with his own plagues, fled with his bands.
The cloud bears hard on Albion’s shore,
Fill’d with immortal Demons of futurity”
William Blake: Europe: The Prophecy (1794)
This inter-disciplinary course covers wide variety of topics dealing with theatrical, philosophical and political issues, as well as issues in the field of cognitive studies (for example, the potential impact of cognitive science on performance theory; general cognition for theatre audience, social cognition in spectating and cultural cognition in history). We are particularly interested in exploring some of the relations between political discourse and political cognition, as well as in analyzing political discourse genres, their structure and their performative dynamics.
The very concept of Europe contains the idea of the Other as its constitutive element. The motto of this year’s is taken from two umbiguously «prophetic» texts of William Blake, «America: A Prophecy» and «Europe: A Prophecy». Blake uses the “principle of rhetorical indeterminacy”, forcing the contemporary reader into an active role of having to interpret the complementarity of these two poems beyond the canonized cultural, historical and political interpretative (and valuing) contexts of Blake’s time, and even beyond the interpretative logic inscribed into and read out of Blake’s poetic “visionary anarchism” and rebellion against the abuse of class power.
Postmodern ethics once again allows that “Other” as the next door neighbor, to enter into the very heart of the moral self to come back from the desert of “calculated interests” where the Other was living in exile. The Other is defined as the “crucial character” in the process through which the moral self has to go to find itself. But is it still possible – in view of the increasingly aggravating refugee crisis – to share Zygmont Bauman’s optimism from the early 90s? Is it still possible to see in the post-modern the opportunity to move out of the blind alleys into which the radical ambitions of modernity led the moral self?
Theatrum Mundi: Theatre and Politics (2010)
Theatrum Mundi: Theatre and Politics II. (2011)
Theatrum Mundi: Theatre and Ritual (2012)
Theatrum Mundi: Europe’s Eros – Art and Politics (2013)
Theatrum Mundi: Theatre of the Political Mind (2014)
Theatrum Mundi: The performing mind: the politics of the self and the other (2015)