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„Sinn egal. Körper zwecklos“ Postdramatik - Reflexion & Revision [Research Project on Postdramatic Theatre - Reflection & Revison]

Activity: External academic engagementContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

1/10/201331/03/2014

Starting with Elfriede Jelinek’s theatre texts, the project is devoted to a fundamental interrogation of the research field of the postdramatic. The aim is for key experts in this area to reflect on the current state of research and on the different categorisations of contemporary theatre texts; to question the relevance or obsolescence of concepts and to develop new methodological approaches for the description of Jelinek’s theatre texts and the playwriting associated with it, as well as for the relationship between text and staging.
For this project, whose title ‘Sinn Egal. Körper zwecklos’ (Sense Irrelevant. Body useless) picks up on the title of one of Elfriede Jelinek’s theatre aesthetic essays, five internationally networked working groups have been formed, which are composed of members of the Research Platform and international experts. From October 2013 to March 2014 these working groups explore through diverse forms of communication (such as conversations, contributions that respond to each other, email exchanges, video conferences, dialogues and skype conversations) various aspects of research positions, discussing current and future research questions and developing new methodological approaches.
I am a member of the international working group ‘Postdramatik? Aktuelle Forschungspositionen’ (Postdramatic? Current research positions).