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TCotA Forum (Inveresk) - Una Chaudhuri


TCotA Forum is a public program of the Tasmanian College of the Arts

Start Date

16 Jul 2015 12:30 pm

End Date

16 Jul 2015 1:30 pm


Lecture Theatre 1A181, Inveresk Campus

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Students and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Una ChaudhuriAnthropo-Scenes: Staging (and) Feeling Climate Chaos

As evidence mounts for the decisive and deleterious effects of human activities on the geophysical and ecological systems of our planet (a confirmation registered in the term "Anthropocene" proposed by climate scientists to designate this era), artists and others must identify new affective and representational registers to capture and process the peculiar cognitive and political challenges posed by climate change. This talk presents several works--and theoretical contexts--that respond to this challenge.

Una Chaudhuri is Collegiate Professor and Professor of English, Drama, and Environmental Studies at New York University. Her publications include No Man's Stage: A Semiotic Study of Jean Genet's Drama, Staging Place: The Geography of Modern Drama, Rachel's Brain and Other Storms: The Performance Scripts of Rachel Rosenthal, and Land/Scape/Theater (co-edited Elinor Fuchs). Chaudhuri is a pioneer in the field of "eco-theatre"— plays and performances that engage with the subjects of ecology and environment—and helped to launch that field when she guest-edited a special issue of Yale's Theater journal in 1994. Her introduction to that issue, entitled "'There must be a lot of fish in that lake' Theorizing a Theatre Ecology," is widely credited as a seminal contribution to the field. Chaudhuri was also among the first scholars of drama and theatre to engage with another rapidly expanding new inter-disciplinary field, Animal Studies, and guested edited a special issue of TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies, on "Animals and Performance." In 2014, she published books in both these fields: an Animal Studies book entitled Animal Acts: Performing Species Today (co-edited with Holly Hughes) and an ecocriticism book entitled The Ecocide Project: Research Theatre and Climate Change (co-authored with Shonni Ennelow). Professor Chaudhuri participates in collaborative creative projects, including the multi-platform intervention entitled Dear Climate, which has been presented in New York, Santa Barbara, Troy, Dublin, and Abu Dhabi.

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TCotA Forum is a series of free public lectures held at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (Inveresk). Students and members of the public are welcome to attend. Lectures are presented by staff, visiting scholars from Tasmania, mainland Australia and overseas, industry professionals and artists-in-residence.

Thursdays 12.30 - 1.30pm 

Lecture Theatre 1A181
Tasmanian College of the Arts (Inveresk)
Academy of the Arts
University of Tasmania
Inveresk Campus
Launceston 7250 AUSTRALIA