E400 | 0426 | Sterling

"Body, Power and Performance" applies a range of thus far largely discrete
interdisciplinary readings on performance to the task of exploring the
ways in which the body may be seen as a site for the inscription of
sociocultural and political values as well as an instrument for their
performative realization. It will explore Western critical theoretical and
anthropological works on the performance of gendered, racial, ethnic,
national and other similarly interdependent elements of identity, with
focus on the readiness with which these Western analyses apply to the
non-West. Seminars will largely revolve around readings on embodied
performance as a function of such relationships as between the national
and the transnational, the sacred and the profane, and the psychological
and ontological in relation to the corporeal, the economic and the