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Cynthia Steele
HUM 597
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in the Humanities

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Prof. Diana Taylor and Cynthia Steele

Working at the intersection of scholarship, artistic expression and politics, performance explores embodied practice as a vehicle for the creation of new meaning and the transmission of cultural values, memory and identity. How would our disciplines and methodologies change if we took seriously the idea that bodies (and not only books and documents) "produce, store, and transfer knowledge"? This two-part workshop will explore methodologies of studying performance and the intersection between performance and politics. The readings are available in pdf form at the following Catalyst site, which is accessible to anyone with a UW address:

Meeting One: Cynthia Steele Tuesday, May 8, 3:30-5:30 pm, Communications 202

1. Taylor, Diana. “Chapter One: Acts of Transfer.� The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas. Durham: Duke UP, 2001. Pp. 1-15. 2. Taylor, Diana. “Chapter Nine: Lost in the Field of Vision: Witnessing September 11.� The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas. Durham: Duke UP, 2001. Pp. 237-65. 3. Taylor, Diana. “You Are Here: The DNA of Performance.� The Drama Review 46.1 (Spring 2002): 149-169.

Meeting Two: Diana Taylor Monday, May 14, 3:30-5:30 pm, Communications 202

1. Brecht, Bertold. “A Short Organum for the Theater.� In Brecht on Theater: The Development of an Aesthetic. Ed. And Trans. John Willett. NY: Hill and Wang, 1964. pp. 179-205. 2. Schechner, Richard.. Chapter Two: “Restoration of Behavior.� Between Theater and Anthropology. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1985. Np. 3. Roach, Joseph. Preface and Chapters One and Two: “Introduction: History, Memory and Performance� and “Echoes in the Bone.� Cities of the Dead. Circum-Atlantic Performance. NY: Columbia UP, 1996. Pp. xi-xiii and 1-71. 4. Thiongo, Ng#g# wa. “Enactments of Power: The Politics of Performance Space.� The Drama Review 41.3 (Autumn 1997). Pp. 11-30.

Meeting Three: Diana Taylor Lecture Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 pm, Kane 220

Diana Taylor Katz Lecture: Taking to the Streets: Arts and Activism in the Americas�

Meeting Four: Diana Taylor Wednesday, May 16, 3:30-5:30 pm, Communications 202

1. Deleuze, Gilles. “Postscript on Control Societies.� Negotiations 1972-1990. NY: Columbia UP, 1995. Pp. 317-321. 2. Cárdenas, Micha, Amy Sara Carroll, and Brett Staulbaum. “The Transborder Immigrant Tool: Violence, Solidarity, and Hope in Post_NAFTA Circuits of Bodyelect(on)/ic.� Mobile HCI 09 (Sept 15-18 2009). Np. 3. Carroll, Amy Sara and Ricardo Domínguez , dir./ Electronic Disturbance Theater. Sustenance: A Play for All Trans [ ] Borders. Nd. 4. Fusco, Coco. “On-Line Simulations: Real-Life Politics.. A Discussion with Ricardo Domínguez on Staging Virtual Theater.� The Drama Review 47.2 (Summer 2003): 151-62. 5. “The Recombinant Theater and the Performance Matrix.� Pp. 56-81.

Meeting Five: Cynthia Steele Tuesday, May 22, 3:30-5:30 pm Communications 202 Wrap-up of discussions and readings.

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Last Update by Cynthia Steele
Date: 03/12/2012