RSB Directors Seminar: The Parasite as Performer

Description

“I live off them, they live off me” – Parasites, Clowns and the Circus

The parasite’s footprints can be seen everywhere, for example in genetics, epidemiology, medicine, history – and, as this seminar clarifies, parasites play a vivid part in our cultural imagination. Drawing on trailblazing studies of the parasite as a cultural force, this seminar explores the interplay between biological parasites, circus arts and their comic emblem, the clown, in different narratives and media. What kind of cultural work does the parasite do in popular entertainments? What parasites have produced comic cultural fantasies? This seminar documents not only fantasies of a collaborative relationship between flea performers and their masters, and of the relationship between clowns and parasites, both of which are mischievous characters, but also circus-related imaginaries of parasitic remote control. It also illuminates the mysterious genre of flea porn.
 -- This presentation is based on a collaboration between A/Prof Alexander Maier (Parasitology) and Dr Anna-Sophie Jürgens (Popular Entertainment Studies/Comparative Literature). –

 

Date & time

12.30–1.30pm 13 May 2019

Location

Eucalyptus Seminar Room, S205, Level 2, RN Robertson Building (46)

Preceded with light lunch at 12noon.

Speakers

Dr Anna Sophie-Jurgens, ANU

Contacts

 Terri Richardson
 6125 5070

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