The Ethical Drama of Encountering the Other
- Date: Tuesday 14 September 2021, 9:30 – 15:30
- Location: Online
- Interval: Every day
- Until: Wednesday 15 September 2021
- Cost: Free
The seminar will be hosted by ETHER (Ethics and Aesthetics for Encountering the Other) a global research network of members working across academic, arts and public sectors.
The idea that sense and sense making are deeply intertwined has been at the forefront of significant shifts in conceptualising encounters in linguistics, arts and philosophy. When people with apparent differences interact with one another in ‘contact zones’, they turn toward the other by deploying rich communicative repertoires which rely not only on speech but on the body as a fundamental resource for meaning making (Blackledge & Creese, 2018). They perform the drama of encountering the other. When audiences are moved by a play, they are responding to “an almost ethical demand…to forge attachments with all the intensities and sensations that emerge in performance” (Einarsson, 2017, p. 4).
Philosophers have argued that the ethics of relating to the other can be approached not as just philosophy or moral philosophy, but as drama: a pre-reflective way of relating that is at once deeply spiritual and phenomenologically experienced through the body (Critchley, 2015).
This seminar will engage with these theoretical intersections and propose methodological principles for connecting the discursive, phenomenological and performative dimensions of embodied encounters in research.
Provocations: Elisabetta Adami; Mohasin Ahmed; Nadra Assaf, Adrian Blackledge and Angela Creese; Gail Boldt and Joseph Valente; Kate Fellows; Nadine A Jassat; Nigel Rapport; Rae Si’ilata; Quentin Williams
Keynote: Charlotta Palmstierna Einarsson, MID Sweden University
Creative Lab led by Artist in Residence: Rosie Kay (choreographer, Birmingham)
Project website: https://ether.leeds.ac.uk/
The seminar will be held on Zoom across two days:
- Seminar Day One: Tuesday 14 September, 2021 from 9:30am to 15:30pm (BST)
- Seminar Day Two: Wednesday 15 September, 2021 from 11:00am to 14:45pm (BST)
Register in advance for this seminar.
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