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Playing Age

Playing Age
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.
A Conference Programme is available at https://playingage.wordpress.com/conference-schedule/

This event is free and open to all.  Registration is not required.  For further information, please contact the co-organizers, Marlene Goldman and Lawrence Switzky, or the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at (416) 978-7987.

Event website, click HERE.

Download poster [pdf]

This symposium is co-sponsored with the generous support of:

    The Ageing, Communication, and Technologies (ACT) Project
    The Centre for Comparative Literature
    The Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies
    Department of English at UT-St. George
    Department of English, UTSC
    Rick Halpern, Dean and Vice-Principal (Academic), UTSC
    Malcolm Campbell, Vice-Principal of Research, UTSC

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