S:PAM Lecture #35: Book Presentation Klaas Tindemans

11-03-2021 from 18:30 to 20:00
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S:PAM - Studies in Performing Arts & Media
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S:PAM regularly invites scholarly and practice-based researchers to give an open lecture and present their latest research under the umbrella of 'S:PAM lectures'.

For the 35th lecture, we welcome Klaas Tindemans, who will present his recently published monograph A Dramatic Society: A Political History of Culture, followed by a conversation about the book with Dominiek Hoens (TBC), philosophy lecturer at the Artevelde Hogeschool and RITCS.


The Zoom-link is only available after registration.


Societies are always dramatic. They show themselves, especially for those who want to look back, as a fascinating and confusing whole of theatrical events and constructions. Sometimes the theatre itself manages to grasp that fascination and confusion - with Sophocles, Shakespeare, Bertolt Brecht and many others. A whole series of pertinent questions arise in the interaction between theatre and politics.

Is Medea's murder of her children an act of terrorism? Did Shakespeare, in the performance of a royal drama like Richard II, undermine the monarch's authority? When Diderot says that the actor should never use his 'true' feelings on stage, isn't he also talking about the politician? Can you have a genocide - the Holocaust, Rwanda 1994 - reenacted by victims, or is that just sensationalism? Doesn't Chokri Ben Chikha's experiment prove how our society needs a 'truth commission' on its past of colonial exploitation?

This book aims to describe the dramatized society in the form of fragments that connect and confront politics and cultural history, both long ago and today. In times of intellectual confusion - were there ever others? - that provides pertinent food for thought.


As a dramaturge Klaas Tindemans worked together with, among others, director Ivo van Hove and the actors' collective De Roovers. He himself wrote and directed two plays for youth theatre Bronks, Bulger and Sleutelveld, in which he staged children in a violent environment. He currently works as a lecturer and researcher at the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound (RITCS), the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and the Free University of Brussels.