CIDRAL Symposium: Freddie Rokem: The Ludic Logic of Tragedy
|Dates:||26 May 2016|
|Times:||10:00 - 12:00|
|What is it:||Symposium|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Current University students|
- THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED****
This symposium is part of CIDRAL's Semester 2 programme entitled Cultures and Temporalities. It is co-organised by CIDRAL, LIS, German Studies, Drama and the Centre for Jewish Studies.
The Ludic Logic of Tragedy
Logical argumentation and reasoning have been embedded in tragedies, beginning already two generations before Aristotle formulated the principles of logic. Therefore these logical principles can also be extracted from tragedies, like Antigone and Oedipus Tyrannus. Looking more closely at the 'use' of logic in these classical tragedies – in particular the deductive syllogism and the law of contradiction – this lecture draws attention to the fact that logical reasoning often collapses and is even subverted, in particular in contexts trying to define what it means to be human. Arguing with rational means that there is something contradictory (and irrational) in human nature creates a paradoxical situation on which the "ludic logic of tragedy" is based.
Freddie Rokem is Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Theatre at Tel Aviv University, where he was the Dean of the Faculty of the Arts (2002-2006) and held the Emanuel Herzikowitz Chair for 19th and 20th Century Art (2006-2016). His more recent books are Philosophers and Thespians: Thinking Performance (2010; translated into Italian and Polish; to appear in German and Hebrew); Jews and the Making of Modern German Theatre (2010, co-edited with Jeanette Malkin); Strindberg's Secret Codes (2004) and the prize-winning book Performing History: Theatrical Representations of the Past in Contemporary Theatre (2000; translated into German and Polish). He was the editor of Theatre Research International from 2006-2009, and is now co-editor of the Palgrave/Macmillan book series Performance Philosophy. He has been a visiting professor at many universities in the United States, Germany, Finland and Sweden and is also a dramaturg, most recently of an Israeli production of Kafka's The Trial called "Citizen K." directed by Yael Cramsky, which premiered in December 2015.
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