While one team from CulturePlex was working hard in Mexico, two other lab members members travelled to Spain.
Andrea Avila presented her paper at The 9th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities that took place from June 8th – 11th in the city of Granda, Spain. The title of her paper, Cirque du Soleil: Stretching the Humanities Limits explored in detail the work of the world renowned Canadian theatre company Cirque du Soleil. Andrea examined the intricate shows and relations between performers, technicians, translators, publicists that according to her, escape traditional approaches. She argues that although, we try to keep Cirque du Soleil in the area of circus, it doesn’t work with the traditional tools of circus groups. Even though we want to apply laws of drama to it, it does not relay in textual narrative. The author points out that groups like this make us think about multidisciplinary focuses and suggests that using multidisciplinary approaches and broader concepts, the humanities must be ready to study this kind of new phenomena in the world of art. Adopting complex theory and evolutionary focuses Avila argues for the role of history of technology.
Andrea has kindly shared her experience at the 9th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities through by creating a Yutzu for two of the conference days: Thursday and Saturday. It certainly looks like an interesting conference, Andrea. Congratulations on your participation and we are looking forward to all the stories once you get back.
One of our other fellow CulturePlexers, Carlos Urani Montiel, has recently left to Spain as well where he will be presenting at the “Los Jesuitas” conference that will be taking place from June 20th to June 22nd at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid. The title of is talk is “Modelación de la red de comunicación jesuita en las misiones de Moxos” and he will be talking about the different ways of communication employed by the Jesuits during their missions in Moxos, Bolivia.
Congratulations to both, Andrea and Carlos (aka Urani)! Have a safe flight back!