Performing Humanity is a multi-media project emerging from BSU’s Spring 2012 seminar English 363: Performing Humanity in the Renaissance. The course, facilitated by Dr. Miranda Nesler, considered early modern distinctions between “human” and “animal” in order to query the terms’ effects on individual and social identities, legal and social behaviors, and literary representations of hybridity. Throughout the semester, students analyzed a range of philosophical, social, legal, scientific, and religious documents; by bringing them into conversation with contemporary drama and poetry, students explored the frequently contradictory and unstable relationships that humans had to their own humanity. And they even began considering how early modern vocabularies about humanity shape current debates in our own times.
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1 May 2015
Be sure to visit our new location for updates and features — including our recent SAA collaboration with Dr. Holly Dugan. More at the new PH: http://www.performinghumanity.wix.com/blog
10 February 2015
Visit our new location for an event spotlight featuring Dr. Don Johanson, Lucy’s 40th anniversary, and a night with the Natural History Museum of LA.
4 February 2015
This month, Dr. Allen Shotwell shares work on early modern medical manuscripts, and the connections among female and canine anatomies. Come check it out. Want to join the conversation?...
4 January 2015
Haven’t had a chance to swing by Performing Humanity’s new location? Here’s a peek into what we’ve been up to: History Carnival 141: A New Year in History (January...