Sunday, November 9, 2014

Animal Acts: Performing Species Today on November 11 in Ann Arbor

Animal Acts: Performing Species Today edited by Holly Hughes and Una Chaudhuri
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2239 Lane Hall
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Holly Hughes
Stamps School of Art & Design, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Women's Studies

Clare Croft
School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes
American Culture, Latina/o Studies, Women's Studies

Irina Aristarkhova
Stamps School of Art & Design, Women's Studies

We all have an animal story-the pet we loved, the wild animal that captured our childhood imagination, the deer the neighbor hit while driving. While scientific breakthroughs in animal cognition, the effects of global climate change and dwindling animal habitats, and the exploding interdisciplinary field of animal studies have complicated things, such stories remain a part of how we tell the story of being human.

Animal Acts: Performing Species Today (University of Michigan Press, 2014) is a collection of animal themed performance scripts by influential artists including Rachel Rosenthal, Deke Weaver, Joseph Keckler, Carmelita Tropicana and Holly Hughes accompanied by commentaries by leading scholars in the fields of animal and performance studies. The anthology foregrounds questions of race, gender, sexuality, class, nation, and other issues central to the human project within the discourse of the "post human."

This panel is part of our Gender: New Works, New Questions series, which features new works by U-M faculty that engage gender and sexuality.

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