Performance and Politics: Symbols, Structures, Agency - Not offered in AY 2022-23

Undergraduate Program Status

3rd year
Politics and Society
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Course Open to: 
Students on-site
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Course Description: 

This course explores performance as a site and mode of critical and creative engagement with the politics in everyday life and other social and cultural activities. Students will analyze how performance (in the broad sense of the term) represent, enact, and change political discourse and practice, engaging with issues such as the power relations of gender/sexuality, race, and disability; belonging and displacement; environmental crisis; and science and technology. Students will also develop their own performance projects, experimenting with their political effects and implications.

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Discuss major promises, challenges, and ramifications of approaching performance for critical engagement with the politics in the transnational context;
  • Analyze how performing arts (and other forms of performance) have engaged with important political agendas;
  • Also, a student will have first-had experience with developing one's own performance piece, as a way of learning and engaging with the political agendas.