The Civilizing Mission of the Theatre: The Adventures of Seraphin Manasse between Istanbul, Paris, Cairo, Alexandria, Cairo, Alexandria,

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Seminar
Audience: 
Open to the Public
Building: 
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
Room: 
309
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 5:30pm
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

INVITATION TO

UNIVERSITY-WIDE MIDDLE EAST SEMINAR

co-organized by

History Department, Medieval Studies Department, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Department of International Relations and European Studies, Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies and Religious Studies Program

The Civilizing Mission of the Theatre: The Adventures of Seraphin Manasse between Istanbul, Paris, Cairo, Alexandria, and Izmir (1860s-1880s)

ADAM MESTYAN

Central European University / EUME-Fellow 2011/12

At the crossroads of the renewed interest in cosmopolitanism and cultural colonization in the Middle East, this presentation tracks a cultural broker's activity between Mediterranean capitals and portcities. A minor theatre impresario and musician, Seraphin Manasse' life is reconstructed, based on Arabic, French, and Ottoman archival sources. His failures and successes shed light to the intricate discourse on modernity and civilization in the late 19th century. The paper also reexamines levels of social agency in historical change, locating theatre-makers between elite and popular practices, questioning taste, new urban modes of life, and global competition over "culture."

Wednesday, 28 September 2011, 17:30

Faculty Tower, 309

All are welcome