POSTPONED: TDPS SPEAKER SERIES – Shannon Jackson, Professor of Rhetoric and Performance Studies, (originally Sep. 13)

Please note: Our first TDPS Speaker Series talk featuring Shannon Jackson has been postponed, (previously scheduled for September 13th at 4pm in 44B Dwinelle). As soon as a new date is determined, information about time and location will be updated.

The TDPS Speaker Series is offered on monthly Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00pm throughout the year.  The series takes place in the TDPS Conference Room: 44B Dwinelle Hall, unless otherwise noted.

Shannon Jackson is the Cyrus and Michelle Hadidi Chair in the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is Professor of Rhetoric and of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. In the fall of 2015, she was appointed to be the first Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts and Design (AVCAD). In this leadership position, Jackson reports to both UC-Berkeley’s Chancellor and to its Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. Her office is responsible for creating new operations and collaborations across departments, centers, presenting organizations, and initiatives in the arts and design for the entire campus. 


Re-Enactment has become a ubiquitous 21st century process, one that dynamizes populist ritual as well as artworld experimentation in participatory aesthetics.  Arguably, however, participants have very different understandings of what re-enactment is and who it might serve.  Art institutions also seem to deploy the practice in service of a range of goals—whether to recall history, to advance a conceptual art project, or to build community.  After surveying a range of possibilities, this lecture considers what happens when re-enactment is lodged inside civic processes.  What happens when civic processes—in all of their mundanity, bureaucracy, regression, and progression—are re-enacted? And what is the relation amongst aesthetic re-enactments and the other technological and policy domains explored at Cultures of Participation? Inspired by UC-Berkeley’s research platform on Public (Re) Assembly — and using debates around Free Speech as well as the work of Aaron Landsman and Paul Ramirez Jonas as touchstones — we will ask whether the concepts of citizenship is mourned or resuscitated in the moment of re-enactment.  What new things can we learn about re-enactment and participation when the “civic sphere” is the object? What new things can we learn about our own participation in the public sphere when re-enactment is our method of investigation?