CFP: SUMMER SCHOOL: "The Evidence of the Senses: Drama between the real and the virtual"

Submission deadline: May 12, 2017

Conference date(s):
July 17, 2017 - July 28, 2017

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Conference Venue:

University of Milan
Milano, Italy

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Summer School, "The Evidence of the Senses: Drama between the real and the virtual", University of Milan, Department of Cultural Heritage and Environment, July 17–28, 2017

Summer School Director: Maddalena Mazzocut-Mis (University of Milan)

With its interdisciplinary and international expertise, the Department of Cultural Heritage and Environment at the University of Milan ( is a centre of excellence for research in aesthetics and its connection with the scenic arts and the study of expressive movement and the body.

The members of the project team are currently involved in two European Union research projects, whose Principal Investigator is Prof. Maddalena Mazzocut-Mis: /Senses – The sensory theatre – New transnational strategies for theatre audience building ( and Oblomov (website in construction). Partner of the University of Milan for the Summer School is Centro Teatro Attivo (, a major international centre for training and research in theatre.

The summer school aims to provide an introduction to dramatic writing to students enrolled in any arts, humanities or scientific undergraduate programme. Stimulated by the contributions of scholars in aesthetics and theatre, as well as of artists and experts of sensory analysis, participants will be asked to use dramatic writing to address the dissolution between the real and the virtual, and the possibility for the senses to generate evidence and to be a vehicle for different types of knowledge.

Participants will attend a series of lectures on aesthetics and the philosophy of the senses, and take advantage of guided visits to historical sites and contemporary venues, museums and theatres in Milan. These activities will provide participants with the theoretical tools and the creative inputs enabling them to reflect on the role of the five senses in real and virtual artistic and dramatic experiences. On this theme, they will work in groups with the final aim of producing a short drama.

The School will comprise a total of 40 hours (25 hours of classroom activities and 15 hours of autonomous work). All activities will be conducted in English.

Provisional programme of classroom activities:

Week 1
1st Day – Monday
Introduction: Senses and sensoriality in the history of aesthetics (1h)
Reading of materials in preparation of drama writing (1h30m)
Organization of working groups (1h30m)
2nd Day – Tuesday
Lecture: Senses and evidence in the arts and sciences (1h)
Drama writing under the supervision of tutors (2h30m)
Short discussion of group projects (30 minutes)
3rd Day – Wednesday
Lecture: Liveness and media in contemporary art (1h)
Drama writing under the supervision of tutors (2h30m)
Short discussion of group projects (30 minutes)
Week 2
4th Day – Wednesday
Lecture: Between distance and immersion, theatre and aesthetic experience (1h)
Drama writing under the supervision of tutors (2h30m)
Short discussion of group projects (30 minutes)
5th Day – Thursday
Drama writing under the supervision of tutors (2h45m)
Reading of first outputs (1h15m)
6th Day – Friday
Finalization of drama projects (2h30m)
Final reading and presentation of outputs (2h30m)

Please send a letter of motivation (1,000 words maximum) and a Curriculum Vitae by June 1, 2017 (if you need to apply for a Visa, the deadline application is May 12, 2017) to:

Please note that the Summer School will accept a maximum of 20 students and will take place only if a minimum of 15 participants is accepted.

ECTS credits: 3 ECTS

The participation fee to the Summer School is 1,350 EUR.

For all information regarding the Summer School, please feel free to contact the organizers at:

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