Conversations in Global Humanities: A Faculty Seminar on “Campo Minado / MINEFIELD” will take place on Thursday, January 24th, 5-7pm, in the Wien Experimental Theater in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.<br><br>
This faculty panel will include Sonya Huber, Associate Professor of English and Director of the MFA; Jerelyn Johnson, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures; Sunil Purushotham, Assistant Professor of History; and special guest, Sofia Medici, producer of “Campo Minado.” The six war veteran cast members will also be in attendance.
This seminar will examine themes of and approaches to the upcoming performance of “Campo Minado / MINEFIELD” by the Argentinian playwright Lola Arias (Quick Center on Saturday, January 26th, at 8pm: http://quickcenter.fairfield.edu/18-19-season/theatre/campo-minado-minefield.html). In this bilingual production, six war veterans who once faced each other across a battlefield during the Falklands/Malvinas War now face each other across a stage. Together they travel back to 1984 to share memories, films, songs, and photos as they recall their collective war and embody the political figures that led them into it.
The panelists will discuss the production through the framework of their various areas of scholarship or teaching. Topics will include the history of the Falklands/Malvinas conflict, decolonization, the construction of narratives about the past, the use of personal narratives in public projects, the politics of bilingual theater, as well as the use of theater to interrogate history. A short trailer of the production will be screened in order to orientate the panel and the audience. It is not necessary to have seen the production first to enjoy the panel.
This is the inaugural event in the “Conversations in Global Humanities” series, a collaboration between the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts to showcase the role of the humanities and the arts in promoting global citizenship.