CATR/ACRT statement of concern

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February 10, 2017

The Canadian Association for Theatre Research/L’association canadienne de la recherche théâtrale joins universities, academic societies, theatre companies, educators, and artists around the world, in expressing our concern and dismay surrounding U.S. President Trump’s recent executive order to temporarily suspend all refugee admissions and the subsequent barring of individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.

CATR/ACRT endorses the statement issued by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, which represents 91,000 faculty and graduate student in the humanities and social sciences across Canada. FHSS says the immigration ban is counter to the “free flow of ideas across disciplinary and national boundaries” and further, the ban challenges the foundational principles of representational democracy: inclusivity, complexity, diversity and openness.

On the subject of immigration and the treatment of immigrants, no less a playwright than William Shakespeare wrote the following:

You’ll put down strangers,

Kill them, cut their throats, possess their houses,

And lead the majesty of law in line,

To slip him like a hound. Say now the king

(As he is clement, if th’ offender mourn)

Should so much come to short of your great trespass

As but to banish you, whither would you go?

 

What country, by the nature of your error,

Should give you harbor? Go you to France or Flanders,

To any German province, to Spain or Portugal,

Nay, any where that not adheres to England,

Why, you must needs be strangers. Would you be pleased

To find a nation of such barbarous temper,

That, breaking out in hideous violence,

Would not afford you an abode on earth,

Whet their detested knives against your throats,

Spurn you like dogs, and like as if that God

Owed not nor made not you, nor that the claimants

Were not all appropriate to your comforts,

But chartered unto them, what would you think

To be thus used? This is the strangers’ case;

And this your mountainish inhumanity.

(excerpt from The Book of Thomas More)

Buoyed by Shakespeare’s powerful words, we stand with our colleagues in championing a diverse and democratic society that celebrates an ever-moving exchange of ideas, culture, and persons. As an association dedicated to “preserving and interpreting our theatrical past and investigating areas of contemporary theory and performance” we celebrate the collaborative nature of theatre production/research, appreciate higher education as a global endeavor and understand the profound ways in which cross-cultural connections make our work, our research, and our world a better place.

In solidarity,

The CATR/ACRT Board of Directors

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Le 10 février 2017

L’Association canadienne de la recherche théâtrale/Canadian Association for Theatre Research se joint aux universités, aux sociétés savantes, aux compagnies théâtrales, aux enseignants et aux artistes du monde entier pour exprimer son inquiétude et sa consternation à l’égard du décret récemment émis par le président américain Donald J. Trump visant à suspendre temporairement l’admission de réfugiés et subséquemment à interdire l’entrée aux États-Unis aux citoyens de sept pays majoritairement musulmans.

L’Association appuie la déclaration de la Fédération des sciences humaines, qui représente 91 000 membres des corps professoraux et étudiants dans les facultés de sciences humaines au Canada. La FSH affirme que le bannissement des immigrants va à l’encontre de la « libre circulation des idées entre les disciplines et les nations », en plus d’attaquer les principes fondamentaux de la démocratie représentative : l’inclusion, la complexité, la diversité et l’ouverture.

Parlant d’immigration et du traitement réservé aux immigrés, nul autre que William Shakespeare a un jour écrit ces mots :

You’ll put down strangers,

Kill them, cut their throats, possess their houses,

And lead the majesty of law in line,

To slip him like a hound. Say now the king

(As he is clement, if th’ offender mourn)

Should so much come to short of your great trespass

As but to banish you, whither would you go?

 

What country, by the nature of your error,

Should give you harbor? Go you to France or Flanders,

To any German province, to Spain or Portugal,

Nay, any where that not adheres to England,

Why, you must needs be strangers. Would you be pleased

To find a nation of such barbarous temper,

That, breaking out in hideous violence,

Would not afford you an abode on earth,

Whet their detested knives against your throats,

Spurn you like dogs, and like as if that God

Owed not nor made not you, nor that the claimants

Were not all appropriate to your comforts,                                                                                                                                                     But chartered unto them, what would you think

To be thus used? This is the strangers’ case;

And this your mountainish inhumanity.

(Tiré de The Book of Thomas More)

Soutenus par les mots puissants de Shakespeare, nous nous rangeons aux côtés de nos collègues pour défendre une société diverse et démocratique, qui applaudit le bouillonnement issu de l’échange d’idées et du partage entre les cultures et les personnes. En tant qu’association déterminée « à préserver et à interpréter notre histoire théâtrale tout en sondant les champs théoriques et performatifs contemporains », nous embrassons la nature collaborative de la production et de la recherche théâtrales, nous considérons l’éducation supérieure comme une quête d’envergure mondiale et nous reconnaissons tous les ponts interculturels qui rendent notre travail, notre recherche et notre monde meilleurs.

En toute solidarité,

Le conseil d’administration de l’ACRT/CATR

 

 

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