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170600 SE MA 1.1. "Forms of Staging and Aesthetic Perception" (2019S)

Theatre and Genocide: Studies of theatrical performance under duress within National Socialism

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max. 30 participants
Language: English



Freitag, 24.5.2019, 9:45-16:30, 2H467, UZA II, Rotunde
Samstag, 22.6.2019, 13:15-20:00, 2 H 558, UZA II, Rotunde
Sonntag, 23.6.2019, 9:45-12:45, 2H 558, UZA II, Rotunde
Freitag, 28.6.2019, 12:30-16:50, 2 H 510, UZA II, Rotunde

Freitag, 28.6.2019: FINAL SYMPOSIUM "Facing Genocide in its Aftermath: The Performing Arts and Memorialization"


Aims, contents and method of the course

The special topics course on the Holocaust engages discourses in theatre historiography to introduce students to research methods to hone critical thinking skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of research materials that relate directly to Holocaust history and theatre. Students also will be encouraged to engage in spatial practices related to the city of Vienna and its geocultural setting as a site for "embodied remembrance." The objectives of this course are threefold: (1) We will explore forms of theatrical activity that occurred within Nazi Germany and in Europe during the years associated with the Holocaust that led to genocide. (2) Course participants will present their preliminary research based on historical and theoretical readings on topics related to function of art under duress; and how the burgeoning field of trauma studies aids us in exploring theatre and the Holocaust in the wake of genocide (3) We will extend our inquiry to study contemporary examples of "anti-genocidal" art as we develop a vocabulary to understand the role of theatre that co-existed with historical atrocities like the Holocaust. To this end, we will work together with the LV of Brigitte Dalinger. The two courses are connected in subject matter. Moreover, all enrolled students will be required to attend an institute-wide symposium, where outside speakers will engage arts scholarship, cultural history, and the role of memorialization (Erinnerungskultur) in the wake of WWII to better understand the historiographical narratives related to representing Genocide and the arts under extreme circumstances.


•debate (both plenum and small group)
•small group tasks (including moderated discussion and peer feedback)
•analysis of historical and contemporary case studies
•collaborative work with the LV of Brigitte Dalinger
excursions ("spatial practices") and engagement with field experts (i.e. TFM Symposium on 28 June)

Assessment and permitted materials

The special topics course is offered as a "Block course" and thus does not meet weekly. All participants will be expected to attend all scheduled block sessions. The following requirements ("exam sections") lead to a passing grade:
1) Class participation and readings (in-class and take-home): 25%.
2) Oral presentations, moderation, discussion short papers (Protokolle), and "journaling" (many of these will take place within smaller workgroup settings). This includes in-class attendance, participation in debate and analysis, and peer feedback: 50%.
3) Short conference-length final paper (8-12 pages), or equivalent written and oral presentation. [*This may be an extension of a topic presented in-class]: 25%

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

You must earn a minimum of a 4 to pass the class. Students must have a good working knowledge of English for reading and writing. The class will be conducted primarily in English and the majority of the readings will be in English. Attendance is mandatory. However, you may miss one half of a day of one scheduled class session, which amounts to the equivalent of 3 hours. You must give prior notice per email. In the event that you must miss one up to 6 hours, you will be required to submit a 1-paged typed summary of the missed readings. To pass the class, you must also actively engage in class assignments, discussions, and prepare in-class oral presentations, and submit a short final paper following the mandatory TFM symposium (28 June 2019).

Examination topics

Course required reading, positions debated and presented in class, case studies from the field, connections to broader contexts related to theatre historiography, genocide, and trauma studies.

Reading list

Required and additional reading will be made available via Moodle and the university library.

Association in the course directory

092: § 5(1)

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