What has theatre ever done for us? A bastard theatre against nation

by Dr Jonas Tinius (Minor Universality ERC, Saarland University)

Wednesday 4th May

Soft start at 18:30 BST with a presentation starting at 19:00 BST via Zoom and in-person in RR2 in ArtsOne on QMUL campus.

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In this talk, I will reflect on more than ten years of engagement with the Theater an der Ruhr, a public-private theatre founded in the early 1980s by the Italian philosopher, actor, director, and clown Roberto Ciulli and two companions, the dramaturge and philosopher Helmut Schäfer and the late stage designer Gralf-Edzard Habben. Since its outset, the theatre has reacted against the aesthetic and political overdetermination of artistic production by a statist cultural logic. This theatre formed labour conditions and a proto-universal stage philosophy of a bastard theatre without fatherland and mother tongue.

Jonas Tinius is a socio-cultural anthropologist and associate member at the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He is currently a scientific coordinator and postdoctoral researcher in cultural anthropology in the ERC project, Minor Universality. Narrative World Constructions After Western Universalism. After studying archaeology and anthropology, he received his PhD (University of Cambridge, 2016) for an ethnography of German theatre and migration. Together with Margareta von Oswald, he is the editor of Across Anthropology: Troubling Colonial Legacies, Museums, and the Curatorial (Leuven University Press, 2020, open-access) and Awkward Archives. Ethnographic drafts for a modular curriculum (Archive Books, 2022).

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