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Lecture/Seminar CSRS Summer Lectures 2013 - On the Concept of the Face: Regarding the Son of God - Contemporary Theatre and the Secular Moment 2013-07-10 10:30:00

CSRS Summer Lectures 2013

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On the Concept of the Face: Regarding the Son of God - Contemporary Theatre and the Secular Moment
Megan Macdonald, University of London, CSRS Visiting Research Fellow

This talk discusses a piece of controversial theatre from the Italian company Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio in which the treatment of a painting of Jesus during the performance became the focus of protests. Subsequent reviews of the performance highlight a lack of knowledge about the history and influence of Christianity on Western culture. While religious and spiritual themes abound in contemporary Western performances, reviews of the play suggest there is no consensus on what they mean. One way to think about what is happening in this piece of theatre (and in the controversies around the play) is through a reflection on notions of secularism. The theatre has long been seen as a secular space, yet it is clearly far from being comfortable with overtly religious themes and imagery.

Megan Macdonald researches contemporary theatre, performance and rituals. She has published on the performance of belief, performance art and liturgy, and theatre in the public sphere. She has taught at the University of London, UK, and the University of Ottawa.

Wednesday, July 24
Offering Origins, Abdicating Analysis: A Response to the Scholarly Discourse on “Slave Religion”
K. Merinda Simmons, University of Alabama, CSRS Visiting Research Fellow

Related Website http://www.csrs.uvic.ca
Times 10:30:00 to 11:30:00

These lectures are free and open to the public.

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