David Odai Johnson
Explorations of current research in the humanities, most frequently with interdisciplinary emphasis. Offered by selected UW faculty and scholars-in-residence.
This interdisciplinary graduate seminar will explore how performance functions to recover or rebuild identity in threatened populations, past and present. It considers the sensitive, enduring, and courageous problem of how culture and memory survive through performance, and how performance resists erasure and allows preservation in ways no other text can. The course will introduce students to the methodologies disparate disciplines use to approach common and contextual issues of documenting, archiving, and accessing performance and the cultural memory behind it, including strategies for storying individual and collective experiences, for recording performance practices, and for reconstructing or reanimating performance texts as a form of cultural remembering.
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