Theatrical dialogue in teaching the classics

Isabelle Darmon, Carlos Frade

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This article addresses some fundamental affinities between theatre and teaching and is based on emerging work in a long-term experiment which we began in the conference ‘Weber/Simmel Antagonisms: Staged Dialogues’, held at the University of Edinburgh on December 2015. Aimed at exploring the possibilities of the theatrical and dialogical forms for teaching the classics of social and cultural theory, it is a risky experiment whose initial results are presented in this special issue. In order to introduce the dialogues and situate them in the context of the broader project, the article does three things: first, it expounds the process of subjectivation at work in both theatre
and teaching and explores some of the modalities of the subjective shift sought for in the public and students. Second, it explains the specificity of this experiment by contrasting it with other uses of theatrical dialogue in teaching. Finally, before briefly introducing each of the dialogues, the article clarifies the fundamental difference between the dialogical form and debate, as radically separating them is at the heart of any experiment in subjectivation, away from the stirring of opinions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-86
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Classical Sociology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2017
Event‘Weber/Simmel Antagonisms: Staged Dialogues’, held at the University of Edinburgh on December 2015 - University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Dec 201511 Dec 2015,_staged_dialogues

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Badiou
  • dialogical form
  • social science teaching
  • subjectivation
  • subjective process


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