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Performance, Philosophy and Sufism


Friday 6 — Saturday 7 Oct 2017, 10:00 — 16:00


PATS Studio One, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XS


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Performance, Philosophy and Sufism

A two-day symposium hosted by the Centre for Performance Philosophy at the University of Surrey on the relationships between contemporary performance philosophy and Sufism. This event is the first in a three-part series looking at interconnected yet distinct notions of spirituality, spirit, the spiritual, and spiritualism.

This event focuses on the actioned practices of Sufism. Differentiating the process from an embodiment of abstract notions via practice, the philosophies themselves are manifested/realised/perceptibly known in multi-layered and nuanced individual forms.

With contributions from international experts, the event will include:

The film: A screening of the film, ‘The Woman Who Whirls’ (2017) - an ethno-poetics of contemporary whirling practice – produced by Hannah McClure and directed by Ella Wood.

The workshop: Participatory whirling workshop led by Azize Guvenc, Hande and Emre Basaran and Faridah Busemann

The philosophical addresses: Discussions on intercultural philosophy and practice by Cosimo Zene (SOAS) and Dunja Njaradi (Lancaster)

The opera: A presentation on ‘Say I am You Mevlana’ (2012), a full length opera for an intercultural musical ensemble and orchestra by its composer, Michael Ellison.

The journal launch: The launch of ‘Global Journeys of Sufi Whirling, Sufism and Arts Practice’ a special issue of the journal Dance, Movement, Spiritualities (Intellect), co-edited by Hannah McClure and Dunja Njaradi.