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Ergebnisanzeige "GSA 2016 panel (sponsored by the Lessing Society): Nathan Non-the-Wiser? Migration, Terrorism, and the Staging of Religious Tolerance"
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TitelGSA 2016 panel (sponsored by the Lessing Society): Nathan Non-the-Wiser? Migration, Terrorism, and the Staging of Religious Tolerance
40th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association (GSA)
September 29 – October 2, 2016
San Diego, CA

Nathan Non-the-Wiser? Migration, Terrorism, and the Staging of Religious Tolerance (sponsored by the Lessing Society)

How can theater contribute to current discussions on migration, terrorism, and the role of religion in pluralistic societies? G. E. Lessing’s "Nathan the Wise" exemplifies theater’s role in promoting religious tolerance; yet the belated staging of the Enlightenment play also points to the limits of theatrical performance as a medium for political progress. Although "Nathan" now belongs to the works most frequently performed on German stages, directors are struggling with the question of whether (and how) to update the message of the ring parable in light of recent events. At the same time, a new generation of playwrights is reflecting on today’s pluri-religious and pluri-ethnic societies through innovative and sometimes experimental performance pieces, and theaters in Europe and beyond are engaging in direct forms of political action that no longer end with the curtain call.

This panel seeks to explore the nexus between theater and religious tolerance by bringing dramatic works of the eighteenth century into a productive dialog with contemporary aesthetic and social forms. Intertextual approaches that examine the relevance of Enlightenment texts today and cross-cultural perspectives—especially comparisons between Germany and North America—are particularly welcome.

Papers may address but are not limited to the following topics:

• Recent productions of "Nathan der Weise" and "Die Juden" on German and international stages—how do Lessing’s plays about religious tolerance in times of prejudice speak to us today?

• Recontextualizations of immigration-themed canonical plays such as Aeschylus’s "Die Schutzflehenden" and Arthur Miller’s "Ein Blick von der Brücke"

• Migrants on the stage—the problem of representation, the aesthetics of authenticity, and the trend toward documentary theater (e.g., Elfriede Jelinek’s "Die Schutzbefohlenen"; Yael Ronen’s "Common Ground" and "The Situation"; Gernot Grünewald’s "Ankommen – Unbegleitet in Hamburg"; the work of "Bühne für Menschenrechte")

• Current debates on the repoliticization of theater and the relationship between art and social work

• Theatre pedagogy and the teaching of religious tolerance

Please submit abstracts of no more than 400 words to Lydia Tang ( by January 30th, 2016.
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VeranstaltungsortSan Diego
PersonName: Lydia B. Tang 
Funktion: Panel Organizer 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Carleton College 
Strasse/Postfach: One North College Street 
Postleitzahl: 55057 
Stadt: Northfield 
Telefon: 001-347-596-5636 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteratur 1770 - 1830; Literatur nach 1945; Theater (Aufführungspraxis)
Klassifikation05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte > 05.09.00 Gattungen und Formen > 05.09.02 Drama; 12.00.00 18. Jahrhundert; 12.00.00 18. Jahrhundert > 12.08.00 Aufklärung; 12.00.00 18. Jahrhundert > 12.11.00 Gattungen und Formen > 12.11.02 Drama. Theater; 12.00.00 18. Jahrhundert > 12.12.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 12.00.00 18. Jahrhundert > 12.13.00 Zu einzelnen Autoren; 19.00.00 1990 bis zur Gegenwart > 19.08.00 Gattungen und Formen > 19.08.02 Drama. Theater
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