Friday, February 26th, 6pm-9pm
with special guests Rosi Braidotti, Director of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University and William Doan, Professor of Theatre and Women’s Studies and resident at the Arts and Design Research Incubator at Penn State
Rosi Braidotti received her B.A. from Australian National University in 1978, and her Ph.D. from the Université de Paris, Panthéon-Sorbonne in 1981. In 2005 she became a Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion, and in 2009 an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities; currently she is Distinguished University Professor and founding Director of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University. A world figure in gender and critical theory, she set up in 1989 the Network of Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies in Europe (NOI&SE) within the Erasmus Programme. Her many books, published throughout Europe, include Nomadic Subjects: Embodiment and Sexual Difference in Contemporary Feminist Theory (Columbia, 1994), Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming (Polity, 2002), and, most recently, The Posthuman (Polity, 2013).
William J. Doan holds a BA in Theatre and Communication, an MFA in Directing, and a Ph.D. in American Studies. In addition to articles in scholarly journals, Doan has co-authored three books, Prophets, Performance and Power, Twice Used Songs: Performance Criticism of the Songs of Ancient Israel, and The Story of Naomi/The Book of Ruth: Gender to Politics. As a playwright, he has had two works premiere at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival and his play, Bud’s Last Prayer, was selected by the Mizzou New Play Series for a spring 2010 workshop production. Doan has also created and performed four solo performance projects at a variety of venues across the U.S. His current work, which investigates brain injury, consciousness, and identity includes a new play, Drifting, which received a workshop at Dixon Place Theatre in New York, March 2015, a short graphic narrative in the Annals of Internal Medicine titled She Never Woke Up, and a graphic novel in development for the Penn State Press Graphic Medicine series. Doan is a Professor of Theatre and Women’s Studies at The Pennsylvania State University and the immediate past president of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. http://driftingplay.weebly.com/ https://doandraws.wordpress.com/http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2480038