79 St. George Street, Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse
Time: Feb 27th, 1:30 pm End: Feb 28th, 6:15 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Science/Technology, Psychology, Medicine, Faculty of , English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Comparative Literature (FAS), Communications
Symposium of talks and performances
The Jackman Humanities Institute Working Group, Playing Age, is pleased to present:
Playing Age: An Interdisciplinary Symposium
Friday February 27, 1:30 to 7:30 / Saturday February 28, 10:00 to 6:15
Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse 79 St. George Street
The Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies is proud to announce Playing Age, an inter-disciplinary symposium that will be held at the University of Toronto from February 27-28, 2015 at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse. Renowned scholars Elinor Fuchs (Yale University, School of Drama) and Margaret Morganroth Gullette (Brandeis University, Women’s Studies Research Center) will present keynote addresses.
The symposium Playing Age offers a humanistic exploration of aging, old age, and inter-generational relations. Seminal theorists of play, from Johan Huizinga to Roger Caillois, claimed that rule-bounded games and mimetic enactments create a magic circle in which conflicts within the self and the community can be negotiated at a safe remove.
More recently, performance and game theorists have insisted that even playing within the bounded precincts of a stadium, a theatre, or a video game influences everyday conduct, particularly when we play with volatile topics like inter-cultural representations, social class, race and gender. This symposium asks how aging and old age can be investigated through playing, specifically the playfulness of artistic representations, and whether aging is uniquely available for or resistant to, imaginative inhabitations.