Embodying Transmediality, Producing Hitler


Thursday, October 24, 2019, 5:00pm


Harvard University, Barker Center, Room 110

A public talk by Hana Worthen, Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies, Barnard College, Columbia University

Analyzing a wide range of media, from postcards to film to mass performances, Professor Hana Worthen considers how National Socialist world-building politics depended on a pre-digital and corporeal modality of transmediality to create a performative—affective and participatory—mass body through Adolf Hitler’s socio-political “branding.”

Hana Worthen is Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University, a member of the Ph.D. in Theatre Program, and an affiliate of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, both at Columbia University; she serves as an Associate Director of Barnard’s Center for Translation Studies as well. Her publications include Playing Nordic: The Women of Niskavuori, Agri/Culture, and Imagining Finland on the Third Reich Stage (University of Helsinki, 2007), a co-edited anthology Finland's Holocaust: Silences of History (Palgrave, 2013), and scholarly articles appearing in major professional journals, such as Contemporary Theatre Review, TDR: The Drama Review, Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, and East European Jewish Affairs. She has two forthcoming monographs, Unwriting Theatre: Humanism, Drama, Performance (Palgrave Macmillan), and Shakespeare Among Military Veterans (Cambridge University Press).