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ACE Brown Bag Panel Discussion: Neuroscience, Performativity, Enaction

Carrie Noland - Department of French and Italian, UCI •  Bryan Reynolds - Department of Drama, UCI •  Discussant and organizer: Simon Penny


Friday, May 2: 12 noon — 2pm — ACE Teleseminar Room

Carrie Noland - Department of French and Italian, UCI:
“Generality and Human Bodies.”

In her most recent book, Agency and Embodiment: Performing Gestures/Producing Culture, Dr Carrie Noland pursues the category of experience and the theoretical treatment it has received. She develops a theory of agency that places emphasis on kinesthesia, or feeling the body move. As a challenge to social constructivism, she argues that acts of embodied gesturing enable subjects at once to confirm and contest the habitus (the corporeal but also ideational conditioning they have undergone). The book contains chapters on Marcel Mauss, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Bill Viola, Andr Leroi-Gourhan, Henri Michaux, Judith Butler, and Jacques Derrida. Current research addresses Merce Cunningham, John Cage, and Theodor Adorno. Dr Noland is associate Professor in the Department of French and Italian, UCI.

Bryan Reynolds - Department of Drama, UCI:
“Is There a You There?”

Bryan Reynolds is Chancellor’s Fellow and Professor of Drama at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Transversal Enterprises in the Drama of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries: Fugitive Explorations (2006), Performing Transversally: Reimagining Shakespeare and the Critical Future (2003), Becoming Criminal: Transversal Performance and Cultural Dissidence in Early Modern England (2002), coeditor with Donald Hedrick of Shakespeare Without Class: Misappropriations of Cultural Capital (2000), coeditor with William West of Rematerializing Shakespeare: Authority and Representation on the Early Modern English Stage (2005), and co-General Editor with Elaine Aston of Palgrave Macmillan’s book series, Performance Interventions. He is also a playwright, director of theater, and a founding member of the Transversal Theater Company, whose productions have recently toured the Czech Republic, Romania, and Poland, in addition runs in California and New York. See http://www.bryanreynolds.com. This talk explores recent work in cognitive neuroscience and other fields that question how we know who we are, to what extent we have agency, and how various stimuli affect us. In conjunction, It considers whether it is possible to perform.

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