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Ella Street at the Political Theory Workshop - "'With a trembling hand, lest I destroy the Body': The 1737 Licensing Act and London's Political Stage"

Thursday, April 20, 2023 at 4:45pm to 6:15pm

A.D. White House, 110 121 Presidents Drive, Ithaca, NY 14853

Ella Street, Social Science and Humanities Research Council postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Government at Cornell University, will present "'With a trembling hand, lest I destroy the Body': The 1737 Licensing Act and London's Political Stage." The paper will be circulated on an email list in advance and participants come prepared to discuss it.

Ella Street is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Government at Cornell University. She works on ancient democratic practice and theatrical politics. Her first book project, “When Citizens Judge,” is a comparative study of democratic judgment in the popular courts and theater of classical Athens. She examines how institutional sites, civic roles and genres of political speech shape democratic judgment, which she theorizes as a situated political practice. At Cornell, she has begun work on a second book project on theater metaphors in politics. Tentatively titled “Actors on the Political Stage,” the multi-period study examines how theatrical metaphors — including “actor,” “mask,” “stage,” and “spectator” — shape our political understanding and practice.


If you have questions or would like to be added to the Workshop’s email list, email Sam Rosenblum, the graduate student coordinator for 2022-23, at smr335 (at) cornell (dot) edu.

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For the 2022-23 academic year, the Political Theory Workshop is generously supported by the Africana Studies and Research Center, the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, the American Studies Program, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Asian Studies, the Department of Classics, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Institute for Comparative Modernities, the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, the Department of German Studies, the Department of Government, the Department of History, the Society for the Humanities, the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, the Jewish Studies Program, the Latina/o Studies Program, the Department of Literatures in English, the Department of Near Eastern Studies, the Department of Performing and Media Arts, the Sage School of Philosophy, the Department of Romance Studies, and the Department of Science and Technology Studies.

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smr335 [at] cornell [dot] edu

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Sam Rosenblum


Ella Street

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Cornell University

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