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Title: Drama/theatre education for democracy : the role of aesthetic communities
Author: Charalambous, Chryso
ISNI:       0000 0004 2748 915X
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2012
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This research project focuses on the body and examines drama/theatre education as a site where politics and aesthetics can be brought together to promote democracy. Specifically, I explore the possibility of forming a way of doing within drama/theatre educational contexts that might influence a way of coming to understand - and potentially in its turn - a way of being. I am especially concerned with democracy as a living practice and I investigate whether students, through an aesthetic communicative nexus that they are encouraged to form within the drama class, and through their artistic actions within that nexus, can explore the possibilities of being ‘political bodies’, meaning the extent to which this allows democratic possibilities to flourish. I see democracy as conditioned by aesthetics and I focus on the power of the aesthetic to distance us from our ordinariness and everydayness and qualify us with a sensibility with which to reflect and think on our ideas and actions. I seek to promote the idea of a democratic culture and the formation of the democratic self that can create and sustain a culture of democracy. In terms of methodology, this project follows action research and an artsinfused methodology. Four groups participated in this research project. The analysis of the data collected from the fieldwork provides information to illustrate the beginnings of a pedagogy that aims to put these ideas into practice.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: LB Theory and practice of education ; LC Special aspects of education ; PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater