Advanced seminar: HS: Theatre Ecologies - Details
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Semester SS 2022
Current number of participants 6
maximum number of participants 20
Home institute Englische Literaturwissenschaft
participating institutes ZZZ_Literaturwissenschaft (Anglistik/Amerikanistik)
Courses type Advanced seminar in category Teaching
Next date Tue , 05.07.2022 15:45 - 17:15, Room: (D 1003)
Type/Form Bitte beachten Sie: Dieses Hauptseminar ist nur für Studierende der Master- und Lehramtsstudiengänge geöffnet, nicht aber für Bachelor-Studierende!
Pre-requisites Einführung in die Literaturwissenschaft
Performance record Regular attendance and active participation; thesis paragraphs, written term paper.
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird in Präsenz abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Literaturhinweise • A reader containing relevant secondary material will be provided in the first session.
• A detailed reading list will be made available at the beginning of term.
ECTS points 8-10

Course location / Course dates

(D 1003) Tuesday: 15:45 - 17:15, weekly (13x)

Module assignments


If the task of the environmental humanities is to investigate “the productive conceptual tension between humans’ agency as a species and the inequalities that shape and constrain the agencies of different kinds of humans, on one hand, and between human and nonhuman forms of agency, on the other” (Heise 2017: 6), then drama and the theatre (even in their post-dramatic radicalizations) seem predestined to carry out aesthetic reflections on such tensions. Possible topics for seminar work and further research include:
- Eco-Drama/Theatre: Drama and theatre studies within the field of environmental humanities;
- Eco-Spectators: What are the theatre’s ecological responsibilities towards spectators? How are affects and emotions involved in the representation of ecological issues in drama and theatre?
- Eco-Spaces: Theatre spaces as ecological spaces;
- Eco-Aesthetics: theatre aesthetics and its ecological potential; questions of genre and its effects: does ecological drama and theatre form a genre of its own or is it part of other, already existing genres? Which chances and limitations do genre conventions represent for an aesthetics of theatre ecology?
- Eco-Ethics: Transnationalism and cosmopolitanism as ecological and ethical questions; stage responses/responsibilities to globalised ecologies; theatre and ecology as counter-discourses to neoliberal utilitarianism;
- Eco-Networks: Theatre, ecology and questions of intersectionality: how are questions of gender and/or race inequality connected to theatrical ecologies?
- Eco-Anthropology: Theatre and the ecological ‘real’: the difficulty/impossibility of representing the spatial and temporal dimensions of ‘ecological deep time’ and the theatre’s aesthetic reactions to these difficulties; the planetary outlook of text and performance in the Anthropocene.

The seminar will turn to the following plays:
- Ella Hickson, Oil;
- Caryl Churchill, Far Away;
- Stef Smith, Human Animals
- David Finnigan, Kill Climate Deniers.
- a variety of short examples from CLIMATE CHANGE THEATRE ACTION.

The playtexts will be provided.

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