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The central goal of the working group “(P)Reenactment” is to examine the phenomenon of reenactment, which has become popular in theatrical contexts, by looking especially at its affective dynamics, as well as to include future dimensions when considering questions of its temporality. The group’s interdisciplinary research perspective – its members come from theater studies (B03 and C05), literary studies (C04), art history (B01) and sociology (C02) – is a distinctive feature which has again and again proven productive over the course of the cooperation.

The still ongoing work process can be summarized in three phases:

1 In a first phase (winter semester 2015/16), the group examined established theoretical positions on the term “reenactment” from the field of theater studies. The group’s focus was to figure out possible connections to an affect-theoretical perspective on the basis of these already existing concepts. In order to do so, the term was analyzed in its significance and relevance for the participating disciplines as well as its benefit for the projects’ research work.

2 Based on the findings from the first phase, the working group in a second phase (summer semester 2016) sought to define the term “reenactment”“ by working out the different facets of its meaning. A special focus lay on the creation of a glossary entry that takes into account the interdisciplinary approach and will be published on the Collaborative Research Center’s homepage.

3 During the ongoing third phase, the group is working to strengthen and further define the concept of “(p)reenactment”. To do so, the group is currently planning an international conference on „(p)reenactment“ for autumn 2017. The conference will seek to close in on the concept with lectures, discussions and artist positions.

If you are interested in the group’s topics, please feel free to contact one of its attendants.

Regular attendants:
Dr. Adam Czirak (Institut für Theaterwissenschaft/ C05)
Dr. Antje Kahl (Project Nomad)
Friederike Oberkrome (C05)
Verena Straub (B01)
Michael Wetzels (C02)
Sophie Nikoleit (B03)
Dr. Robert Walter-Jochum (C04)