Homo Ludens: Parties, Participation, and Play

24 November 2014, 17:00 - 19:00

Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Other cultures and periods do not distinguish performance and play as we do. Why might questioning these collective categories today be useful? 

Dr Renaud Gagné (Classics, Cambridge)
Professor Sir Patrick Bateson, emer., FRS (Ethology/Zoology, Cambridge).

Chair: Dr Anthony Pickles (Social Anthropology, Cambridge)


Dr Renaud Gagné recent Choral Mediations in Greek Tragedy (2013) with Marianne Hopman, explored the simultaneous multiple referential potentials of the ancient Greek chorus. He will talk about some performative aspects of sympotic poetry  ("The World in a Cup”: ekpomatics in and out of the symposium). 

Professor Sir Patrick Bateson, emer., FRS. Author of Play, Playfulness, Creativity, and Innovation (2013, CUP), Prof. Bateson’s main interest has been in the development of collective behaviour. This has led him to analyse the impact of play on creativity and innovation.

Dr Anthony Pickles  is a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He conducted extensive research on card games, slot machines, betelnut markets, gambling events, and the character of calculation, money, and value in Papua New Guinea. His article 'Pocket Calculator' won the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute's writing prize.



Open to all.  No registration required

Part of the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network (CIPN), series