“Pornography and Acting” lecture at Concordia may be of interest

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture


Between Presentation and Representation

A lecture and workshop by


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

February 16 | 5:00 p.m. | H-763

Henry F. Hall Building

1455 de Maisonneuve West

Does pornographic performance constitute acting? Is pornography collapsing the distinction between presentation and representation? Dr. Zamir will discuss the status of roles, identities and some counter-intuitive moral implications that flow from sexual acting in non-pornographic cinema and theater as well as in porn. Dr. Zamir’s current research project revolves around philosophical dimensions of dramatic acting with particular interest in the ways whereby self-dramatization occurs (on stage or off it). The project includes work on theatrical role-playing, parts of which can be read in the following journals:  The Journal of Aesthetics and Art CriticismTheatre Journal, and New Literary History.  He continues to think, teach and write about Shakespeare and philosophical dimensions that his plays explore.

Dr. Zamir will also lead a workshop, “Unethical Acts” on Friday, Feb. 17 at 11:00 a.m. in LB 646, J.W. McConnell Building, 1400 de Maisonneuve West. The workshop will deal with role-identity instability in relation to conventional acting in cases in which the act of acting may be experienced as unethical.   To receive a reading for the workshop, please contact: Sharon.Fitch@concordia.ca

Open to the public.  Free admission.


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