Theatre tribunals – presentations of court proceedings in drama and theatre at the interface of aesthetics, politics and ethics
Yasmine Salimi is a Ph.D. student at the department of German Literature at the University of Cologne. She studied German, French and Philosophy in Bonn, Paris and Cologne. She completed her Magister degree with a thesis on the notion of guilt in three theatre plays by Dea Loher. During her studies, she founded a student theatre company playing in French. Her work experiences cover the fields of theatre dramaturgy, theatre critique, public relations, language teaching and translation. She is a state-certified translator for German and French. Own theatre works are currently being planned.
My Ph.D. project is about "Theatre tribunals – presentations of court proceedings in drama and theatre at the interface of aesthetics, politics and ethics". The trial in its different historical forms can be considered as a theatrical event, displaying the performativity of the law. What happens when theatre plays and performances draw on the theatrical situation of a trial? To what extent do presentations of court proceedings in drama and theatre focus on aesthetic, political and ethical dimensions of the law? These questions are applied to an analytical corpus of plays and contemporary performances reaching from "The Eumenides" by Aeschylus to the "Zürcher Prozesse" by Milo Rau. The categories of "aesthetic impact potential", "ethical dynamisation" and "political tension field" will be defined and applied for this purpose.