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AIAS Friday talk: FEAR and the Dionysiac

Isabelle Torrance and Jessica Wiskus

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Friday 28 April 2017,  at 15:00 - 16:00


The AIAS Hall, Building 1630, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C

Taking Dionysus (the ancient Greek god of wine and altered states) as a point of departure, we will discuss the Dionysiac in antiquity and beyond, exploring mythical, theatrical, and poetic accounts of transgression, violence, and rebirth. A focus point will be the work of the poet Federico García Lorca (and his treasured essay on the Dionysiac figure of the duende) as a means of investigating the temporality of fear in its relation to embodied artistic expression. Featuring a varied format with short presentations, film clips, demonstrations, and (naturally) the imbibing of wine, the event promises to inspire participants towards a re-thinking of the creative potential of fear.

Context: FEAR - UBIAS Topic of the Year

This event is part of the 'FEAR' 2017 Topic of the Year for UBIAS. UBIAS is a global network for University-based Institutes for Advanced Study, at present encompassing 37 institutes, currently with AIAS as the coordinating institute of the network.

Besides this event, AIAS fellows and collaborators are organizing a series of events to address the topic of FEAR in various formats and through the whole year of 2017. See here:


Isabelle Torrance and Jessica Wiskus, AIAS Fellows
Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies
Aarhus University