Interdisciplinary approaches engaging with popular culture and entertainments, anywhere on the continuum from sacred to secular, that can include popular and public events and spectacles such as, but not limited to, festivals and carnivals, rituals, processions, protests, sporting events and concerts, and political rallies.
This week the Indonesian presidential election has been a contest between the incumbent Jokowi, who has promised an ambitious programme of agrarian reform, and the descendent of the military dictator Suharto. In this article, Frans Ari Prasetyo exposes the contradictions of the Jokowi government’s dependence on the World Bank and local c…[Read more]
Reuven Chaim (Rudolph) Klein deposited ‘Till Death Do Us Part: The Halachic Prospects of Marriage for Conjoined (Siamese) Twins in the group Festivals, Rituals, Public Spectacles, and Popular Culture on Humanities Commons 2 months ago
This thought experiment considers whether Siamese (Conjoined) are allowed to marry according to Halacha. It considers various aspects of the Biblical bans on incest and offers a very contemporary discussion about the meaning of personhood. This paper uses medical journals, works on medical history, and various responsa to find a precedent and…[Read more]
Declaration of the Social Movements: Ten Peoples’ Principles Against Land Grabs, Evictions and Neoliberalism. “Let a New World be born in Bandung for a genuine land reform, not land grabs!” — Bandung-Indonesia, September 24, 2018.
On 24 September 2018, hundreds of people demonstrated in front of Gedung Merdeka in Asia-Afrika Street, Bandung, West Java, where the Global Land Forum (GLF) 2018 was happening. This was the eighth gathering of the forum since the inaugural conference in Rome in 2003. The opening of the three-day event coincided with Indonesia’s National Peasants’ Day.
Punk in Indonesia has often been described as a spectacular performance of disorder and resistance, a youthful style that posed a disruptive challenge to the authoritarian hierarchy and discipline of the New Order regime. The punk scene in Bandung has developed in the context of what is often referred to as ‘post-authoritarian’ Indonesia. Punk giv…[Read more]
Chapter in Post-Dance, Edited by Danjel Andersson, Mette Edvarsdsen and Mårten Spångberg. MDT, 2017.
ISBN 978-91-983891-0-4. Based on materials from the workshop ‘Nor Culture Nor Art’, with Mårten Spångberg and Vanessa Ohlraum, at Learning Plays. A School of School, Impulse Theatre Festival in collaboration with Ringlokschuppen Ruhr. Mülheim…[Read more]
This article discusses the reason behind Jeroboam, king of Israel, instituting a holiday in the eighth month of calendar. We suggest an approach that looks at this holiday as misplaced from the seventh month by means of an additional unauthorized leap-month.
עיונים וביאורים הערות וציונים על מסכת יבמות
This text was a talk given at La Bellone House of Performing Arts, Brussels (BE) as part of a.pass seminar on the subject of ‘conspiracy’ with Juan Dominguez and Victoria Perez Royo on 14th and 15th April 2016. Departing from three different works of fiction, it explores the idea of daring as a modality of care for the possible and its imp…[Read more]
Assembled cigar box fiddle. Fiddlin’ John Hutchison learned to play on a fiddle made from an Old Virginia Cheroots Tobacco box. In a taped interview he calls it a “cigar box.”
The label is under the soundboard. Fiddlin’ John Hutchison learned to play on a fiddle made from an Old Virginia Cheroots Tobacco box. In a taped interview he calls it a “cigar box.”
Fiddlin’ John Hutchison learned to play on a fiddle made from an Old Virginia Cheroots Tobacco box. In a taped interview he calls it a “cigar box.”
Avi Santo wrote a new post Reminder: Film Criticism special issue on Film & Merchandise (submission deadline: May 1) in the group Festivals, Rituals, Public Spectacles, and Popular Culture: on Humanities Commons 1 year, 3 months ago
Film Criticism Special Issue on Film & Merchandise Call For Papers (November 2018)
Guest editors: Dr. Elizabeth Affuso (Pitzer College) and Dr. Avi Santo (Old Dominion University)
Despite Jane Gaine […]
Jacqueline Taucar posted an update in the group Festivals, Rituals, Public Spectacles, and Popular Culture on Humanities Commons 1 year, 5 months ago
The Canadian Association for Theatre Research is hosting its annual conference 29 May – 1 June 2018 in Kingston, Ontario. This year’s theme is “Fieldwork: Excavations and Exchanges in Drama, Dance, Theatre, and Performance Studies.”
The deadline for submitting proposals to working groups and seminars is January 15.
This article discusses the concept of kissing as it appears in the Bible and in Rabbinic writings. Special attention is given to different motives for kissing and to different conjugations of the Hebrew verbs for kissing.
This article discusses rabbinic qualifications to the Biblical prohibition of verbally saying the names of foreign gods (typically represented by idols).
Reuven Chaim (Rudolph) Klein deposited Reconciling the Sacrifices of Ezekiel with the Torah in the group Festivals, Rituals, Public Spectacles, and Popular Culture on Humanities Commons 1 year, 6 months ago
This articles notes the apparent discrepancies between Ezekiel 45-46 and Numbers 28-29 concerning the required sacrifices to be offered on special days of the Jewish Calendar. The article also offers classical rabbinic solutions to those contradictions.
Avi Santo started the topic CFP: Special issue of Film Criticism on film & merchandise in the discussion Festivals, Rituals, Public Spectacles, and Popular Culture on Humanities Commons 1 year, 6 months ago
Apologies for cross-listing. Elizabeth Affuso and I are co-editing a special issue of Film Criticism focused on film & merchandise. Essays should be submitted by May 1, 2018. The issue is scheduled for publication in November 2018. The CFP is below.
Film Criticism Special Issue on film & merchandise Call For Pa…[Read more]
Frans Prasetyo deposited Sewing Marat, Revolution and (Sewing) the City : Urban (kampong) Performance Art in the group Festivals, Rituals, Public Spectacles, and Popular Culture on Humanities Commons 1 year, 9 months ago
An essay that weaves historical perspectives with a unique interpretation of Kerensa Dewantoro’s performance art of Menjahit Marat Sade/ Sewing Marat Sade in Urban Kampong Dago Pojok, Bandung-Indonesia
Frans Prasetyo deposited ‘SIASAT’ – Artistic Tactics for Transgression on State Authority in the group Festivals, Rituals, Public Spectacles, and Popular Culture on Humanities Commons 1 year, 9 months ago
The 15th Jakarta Biennale’s curatorial premise, Siasat (Tactic) identified artists and art works which demonstrated how individuals and communities, especially in urban Indonesia, cope with social inequality, environmental pressure, and poverty. The resulting exhibition raised questions relevant to recent scholarship around relational aesthetics a…[Read more]
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