Moment! Lecture by Dr. Jan Lazardzig (Associate Professor, Theatre Studies, UvA)
The lecture will look at the entanglement of theater and police in eighteenth and nineteenth century German theatre. Against the backdrop of the theatre reform movement which strives to re-define theatre as the performance of a literary text (thus making it accessible to theater censorship), I shall focus primarily on the (stoic) concept of tranquility. How is tranquility conceptualized both as an aesthetic as well as a political category? What does it mean to be “tranquil” in the public sphere of the theater and beyond? What could the aesthetics of non-tranquility in this context look like?
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