992123 :Ritual and Performativity


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: 14 x interactive lectures (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: Final paper (50%) and written exam (50%) (Tentamenrooster)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
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dr. M.J.M. Hoondert (coordinator)

dr. A. Nugteren

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

(1) The student has a general knowledge of and sharp insight into the relations between ritual, the body, the senses, performative arts and religion.
(2) The student has gained a sensitive awareness of performance as a means of communication and as a way of meaning-making.
(3) The student is able to apply knowledge, insight and sensitivity to new case studies and report on them in a suitably academic style.

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

This course focuses on the performative character of rituals and the ritual dimension of performances. A performance is something done, something expressed; it means something, and it effects something. Both ritual and artistic performances use the body, the senses; they use symbols and imaginations to question, create and re-create culture. In our exploration of ritual, performance and the body we give stage to several performances and rituals: the film Avatar, performances by Marina Abramovic, music by Joep Franssens, African mask dance, commemorative rituals etc. How do these performances and rituals impact on our bodies, how do they move the senses? In analyzing these performances and rituals, we will pay attention to several forms of ‘knowledge’: embodied knowledge through the performative impact, meaning-making through interpretation and ‘decoding’ of the symbolic language. Performances are not only an ‘expression’ of meaning, but also an ‘impression’ of meaning through the impact of sound, colors, light etc. For many, it is through the performative impact of art, performance and/or ritual that transcendence, sacrality or ‘the religious’ is experienced. In this course we will use insights from performance studies, ritual studies and religious studies.

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The assessment procedure is two-fold: a written exam and a final paper.

Verplichte literatuur

  1. R. Schechner, Performance Studies. An Introduction, New York/London: Routledge, second or third edition (2006/2013).

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