As promises for the future, and yet embodying unpredictable alterity, children occupy a crucial position in all human societies. Looking at the roles of children in political protests and performance activism in the Middle East and Africa, this talk explores the power of children or “the child” to influence political subjectivity.
Bryan Reynolds is Chancellor’s Professor and Claire Trevor Professor of Drama at the University of California, Irvine, and the Artistic Director of the Amsterdam-based Transversal Theater Company. He is the author of many books, including Intermedial Theater: Performance Philosophy, Transversal Poetics, and the Future of Affect and Transversal Subjects: From Montaigne to Deleuze after Derrida. Co-authored with Mark LeVine, his new book, Art at the Edge: Creativity and Conflict in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, is forthcoming in 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_Reynolds