Jeanne Pulver, MA


Jeanne Pulver studied Social Anthropology, Media Sciences and Comparative Religion Studies before beginning her studies at the Centre for African Studies during the winter term 2002 and completing her MA in African Studies in April 2007. At the moment she works predominantly with children in the context of theatre (school department Zurich, school for the hard of hearing Aarau) and in the field of elocution, communication and presentation (University of Applied Sciences Lucerne). A new project is in development after theatre work in Ougadougou (with thematic emphasis on cultural exchange) and Bobo Dioulasso.

MA Thesis

Performative Kommunikation - Theatrale Intervention. Wirkungsziele und Wirkungsweisen einer kollektiven Theaterarbeit in Bobo-Dioulasso / Burkina Faso

The last thetatre work on the problematic of "urbanized" gender-relations and on HIV/AIDS is the basis of her Master-Thesis: "Performative communication – theatrical Intervention: aims and modes of action of a collective theatre project in Bobo Dioulasso / Burkina Faso" Jeanne Pulver approached the basic question of the potential for social relevance in the medium of theatre with a background of theoretic communication science. The thesis is that due to its aesthetic mode of expression, the emotionality displayed both on stage and in the audience and the resulting discussion, theatre becomes an entertaining social and cultural event and offers specific possibilities of sensibilization and reflection.
„Audience pleasure stems from vicariously participating in the characters’ social risks without suffering the outcomes” (Pickering 2005:85). Delicate topics – as opposed to daily life –  can be represented and discussed on stage. This enables theatre to trigger processes of understanding in an entertaining way through the collective experience of a "fictitious reality". The project did have an effect, although on a small scale inherent to the medium of the theatre. Discussions and video-analyses have have shown that both the actors and the audiences have become especially aware of the topic of the social segregation of HIV/AIDS patients.