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Keynote Lecture by Erika Fischer-Lichte

Oct 10, 2014

Prof. Erika Fischer-Lichte from FU Berlin opened this year’s Annual Conference with a Keynote Lecture on the topic „Interweaving Performance Patterns: A Transcultural Approach”. It took place at the Alte Aula on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

In her lecture, Prof. Fischer-Lichte proceeded from a discussion of the term “intercultural theatre” that was coined in the late 1970s/early 1980s, focussing on three assumptions it implies: the assumption of ownership, regarding certain texts, the assumption that these texts entail universal truths and values, and the assumption that the text acts as the controlling authority regarding the production process of a performance.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Erika Fischer-Lichte is Professor of Theatre Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and director of the International Research Centre "Interweaving Cultures in Performance". Her research interests include aesthetics and theory of literature, art and theatre, in particular on semiotics and performativity, theatre history, and contemporary theatre.

The sixth Annual Conference of the Cluster "Asia and Europe" took place from October 8-10, 2014. It was organised by Prof. Christiane Brosius, Prof. Melanie Trede, and Prof. Hans Harder on behalf of research area B "Public Spheres".


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