18th Science Circle Meeting - 04 Mar 2011
Enlarge image Prof. Dr. Gabriele Brandstetter (© Brandstetter) The 18th Science Circle Lecture was organised on 04 March 2011. The German Embassy, in-cooperation with the German Research Foundation India (DFG) and the Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi organised the 2nd DFG-Leibniz Lecture entitled “Interweaving Dance Cultures” by the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize awardee of 2004, Prof. Dr. Gabriele Brandstetter at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti House, New Delhi – 110011 on 4 March 2011 at 18.30 hrs.
Prof. Dr. Brandstetter is professor for theatre- and dance-studies at Freie Universität Berlin. In 2005 she has established the "Centre for Movement Studies" by means of the Leibniz-Preis. Her comprehensive research in dance covers history, aesthetics and theory. Among her publications there is a focus on dance and arts in the avant-garde ("Tanzlektüren") as well as body politics ("Remembering the Body"). She is co-director of the International Research Center "Interweaving Performance Cultures". She is interested in the relation between motion and emotion; her current research project in the Cluster of Excellence "Languages of Emotion" analyzes the relation of "Touching and to be touched" in dance.
The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize is the most prestigious scientific award in German research (some what similar to Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award given annually by CSIR).
The Leibniz Programme, established in 1985 and awarded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), aims to improve the working conditions of outstanding scientists and academics, expand their research opportunities, relieve them of administrative tasks, and helps them employ particularly qualified young researchers. Up to ten prizes are awarded annually with a maximum of €2.5 million per award.
On Tuesday, 8 March 2011 a Roundtable Discussion was also organised at the Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi, in which Prof. Brandstetter discussed with her Indian counterparts on the topic "The Possibilities of the Encounter between Art / Arts (Performing Arts) and Research".
Prof. Brandstetter along with her three research scholars visited New Delhi from March 4-9, 2011. She also interacted with the faculty at the National School of Drama and the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University.