The International Brecht Society at the German Studies Association Conference (27-30 September 2018, Pittsburgh, USA)

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
January 30, 2018
Location: 
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
German History / Studies, Theatre & Performance History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Political History / Studies

Is this the moment for political resistance? There seems to be no shortage of calls to resist political administrations and ideological spectrums across the globe. What are the models we can draw from when we conceptualize resistance in the 21st century? “It doesn’t take a miracle to do away with intolerable conditions.” (Brecht) But what does it take instead? Brecht’s work is concerned with forms of resistance against intolerable conditions, most importantly against fascism, but also against forms of socialist state power. While the renewed attention to “The resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” aims to respond to the permanent Realsatire at the White House, Brecht’s work offers a broad spectrum of resistance, from individual figures like Baal and Fatzer, to the typology of resistance in “Furcht und Elend des Dritten Reiches”, to the resisting social body in “Coriolan.”

This panel asks how Brecht can help us to conceptualize resistance as a political attitude as well as an aesthetic form. What is the relation between intolerable conditions and forms of resistance? Is there a moral imperative for resistance? How do we need to rethink resistance as a response to movements that fashion themselves as resistant, such as the various national resistance movements that are gaining ground and come to power? Is the rise of crooks to state power resistible? Do we need more Fatzers and fewer Keuners? More broadly this panel seeks to inquire how theater can be relevant today and develop models of resistance and political manifestation.

Send abstracts of ca. 250 words by 30 January 2018, to André Fischer: fschr [a] auburn.edu.  All presenters at the GSA conference must become GSA members by February 15, 2018: www.thegsa.edu

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Andre Fischer, Auburn University

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