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Making a public scene

We all live under the gaze of others, and we are all spectators of what others want to show us.

Theme

History, Religion, Literature

Content


We all live under the gaze of others, and we are all spectators of what others want to show us. Society is thus shaped by a myriad of meaningful ‘performances’ — from how we individually dress to the televised images that a country presents of itself on great occasions. This workshop is designed to show how ‘the public scene’ has been at the heart of social, moral and political contention for many centuries.

Why this is important


Some individuals and groups try to control what we will (or won’t) see in public. Ceremonies, rituals, and traditions, especially when they are misunderstood or deliberately misinterpreted, can be the cause of community tension and political dispute. Appreciating what is at stake and also how the problems have a lengthy historical dimension can improve political and social understanding.

Key Descriptors


Performance, Society, Ceremony, Modern Culture, Medieval Culture, Early-Modern Culture

Year Groups


Years 11, 12, and 13

Speaker

Related Staff Member

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