Thursday, October 12, 8:00 am–10:00 am
session will be recorded and available for later viewing online
Uranian Alchemy: Objects, Assemblage, and Syncretic Religion on the Lower East Side
Mark J. Sussman (Concordia University, Montreal)
optional discussion time
What are performing objects with agency called upon to do in a time of uprooting? Object performance helps us think about ways that materials such as masks, statues, panels, dolls, and puppets serve as vehicles of entertainment, mourning, transformation and healing in ordinary and intensified space and time. How have gendered, racialized objects of various dimensions been animated in traditional and contemporary settings for roles of entertainment, wonder, and ritual passage?