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Syrian Theatre Institutions and Enmity

Ziad Adwan
April 12, 2024
12:45PM - 2:00PM
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Add to Calendar 2024-04-12 12:45:00 2024-04-12 14:00:00 Syrian Theatre Institutions and Enmity Ziad Adwan is a theatre maker, trainer, and academic with a PhD in theatre studies from Royal Holloway, University of London.This lecture presents an analysis of why Syrian theatre makers and theatre institutions have adopted oppositional standpoints since theatre was institutionalized in the second half of the twentieth century. Whether among theatre makers, within the sphere of institutions, or in the interactions between theatre makers and institutions, the theatrical and the cultural scenes in Syria were characterized by a persistent sense of enmity, manifested in theory and practice. This lecture outlines some key factors that created the mentality of enmity in the cultural scene of a conservative country ruled by a socialist totalitarian regime. While theatre was forced to navigate these conditions, it enjoyed an exceptional position in alignment with both the ruling regime and the intellectual elites. This position, however, has contributed to the mapping of enmity among theatre makers and among theatre institutions. The lecture discusses the dissemination and institutionalization of theatre in Syria, the engineering of oppositional dualities within the theatre and cultural scenes, and censorship.Co-sponsored by the Office of International Affairs, the Middle East Studies Center, and the Department of Near Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures.Zoom registration link (required): https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvcuuupj4pHdRI3wYdtAYBUicp9qKQndsG Zoom Department of Near Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures nesa@osu.edu America/New_York public

Ziad Adwan is a theatre maker, trainer, and academic with a PhD in theatre studies from Royal Holloway, University of London.

This lecture presents an analysis of why Syrian theatre makers and theatre institutions have adopted oppositional standpoints since theatre was institutionalized in the second half of the twentieth century. Whether among theatre makers, within the sphere of institutions, or in the interactions between theatre makers and institutions, the theatrical and the cultural scenes in Syria were characterized by a persistent sense of enmity, manifested in theory and practice. This lecture outlines some key factors that created the mentality of enmity in the cultural scene of a conservative country ruled by a socialist totalitarian regime. While theatre was forced to navigate these conditions, it enjoyed an exceptional position in alignment with both the ruling regime and the intellectual elites. This position, however, has contributed to the mapping of enmity among theatre makers and among theatre institutions. The lecture discusses the dissemination and institutionalization of theatre in Syria, the engineering of oppositional dualities within the theatre and cultural scenes, and censorship.

Co-sponsored by the Office of International Affairs, the Middle East Studies Center, and the Department of Near Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures.

Zoom registration link (required): https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvcuuupj4pHdRI3wYdtAYBUicp9qKQndsG