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New performance art channel on Vimeo.

Started by Gary Setzer. Last reply by Gary Setzer Aug 14. 1 Reply

Hey, Contemporary Performance Network.I've started a new Performance Art Channel on Vimeo--there were a couple, but they're not very active.If you have a Vimeo account please follow the channel…Continue

Tags: Video, Performance, Vimeo

broken heart syndrome

Started by Savannah Dalcourt. Last reply by advyl kuza Jul 11. 6 Replies

Giselle comes to mind, of course, but are there any other performance pieces which highlight death from a broken heart?Continue

Educational Journal of Philosophy

Started by Atanaska Cholakova Jun 5. 0 Replies

Dear friends,I am using the forum to announce that the Educational Journal of Philosophy, published by the Ministry of Education and Science in Bulgaria is gathering papers for our third volume this…Continue

Tags: Bulgaria, performance, publication, philosophy

Staging Moral Philosophy

Started by Matthew Hood. Last reply by Darla Migan May 21. 1 Reply

'Theatre was born out of a universal, irresistible attraction to the new and extraordinary, a desire to feel oneself put into a state of passion'.(Friedrich Schiller).Can our attraction to the "new"…Continue

Tags: Philosophy, Audience, Studies, Theory, Moral

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Crisis, Critique, and the Possibilities of the Political

Posted by Anna Street on October 15, 2014 at 21:03 0 Comments

EIRINI AVRAMOPOULOU interviews Judith Butler and Athena Athanasiou apropos the

publication of their book

Dispossession: The Performative in the Political (Polity Press, 2013)

Introduction to the Interview

By intertwining significant philosophical questions on subjectivity, precarity, biopolitics and performativity with contemporary dilemmas on acts of dissidence, collective protests, activism…


Reading Butler: speculations on the limitations of Brecht

Posted by Jena A Zelezny on October 14, 2014 at 9:19 0 Comments

Reading Butler: speculations on the limitations of Brecht


The focus of this article is on integrating the contributions made by Butler’s work to an understanding and expansion of performance and, in particular, what is called the Brechtian method. The following was written between 2008 and 2010 as part of my first thesis and rather than develop a purely theoretical formulation of any…


Call for Articles on Adorno

Posted by Karoline Gritzner on October 8, 2014 at 15:33 0 Comments

Call for Articles: The European Legacy’s Special Issue on the Legacy of Adorno’s Criticism in Aesthetics and Performance  


Regarded as one of the foremost thinkers of the twentieth-century, Theodor Adorno’s work ranges from cultural criticism, Marxism, and aesthetic theory to philosophy and sociology.  A trained musician, his work demonstrates an unusual balance between theory and praxis, a combination that distinguishes him from many other critical…



Posted by robin bale on October 7, 2014 at 18:12 0 Comments

An homage to the dialect of the place I grew up in. Glottals like hawking up phlegm or a kick in the balls,…



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This group is interested in the multiple relationships between music, performance, and philosophy. No particular methodology or intellectual tradition is emphasised: the purpose of the group is to further the understanding of philosophy in, and as music performance, and of music performance as philosophy.See More
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Tragedy and Comedy: Genres of Dramatic Thought

The goal of this group is to qualify the dramatic terms of the affinity between philosophy and performance. By tracing the parallel between the forms that philosophical writing adopted and their corresponding dramatic visions, this group strives to demonstrate how the genre-specific relations between philosophy and drama reveal the respective role that suffering plays in the act of understanding.See More
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This working group was founded in 2012 and is hosted by the Columbia University graduate reading group in Theatre and Performance Studies. It brings together a community of humanities researchers (both from Columbia and the larger New York area) whose scholarly training has not taken place within departments of philosophy but whose work nevertheless stages interdisciplinary encounters with philosophical history and discourse. Our readings for 2012-13 are focusing on the work of Martin Heidegger.See More
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Performance philosophy and its politics (in the Americas)

Philosophy has been extremely influential within the field of performance studies. Yet, the centrality of embodied practices and the influence of postcolonial studies have forced performance studies to grapple with a double tendency within philosophy: the privileging of archival over embodied knowledge, and the heavy colonial weight of the History of Philosophy as an European project. This is made even more relevant within the Americas, where the colonial history of philosophy and the colonial…See More
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·reflexivity·refers to circular relationships between cause and effect. A reflexive relationship is bidirectional with both the cause and the effect affecting one another in a situation that does not render both functions causes and…
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Crisis, Critique, and the Possibilities of the Political

EIRINI AVRAMOPOULOU interviews Judith Butler and Athena Athanasiou apropos thepublication of their bookDispossession: The Performative in the Political (Polity Press, 2013)Introduction to the InterviewBy intertwining significant philosophical questions on subjectivity, precarity, biopolitics and performativity with contemporary dilemmas on acts of dissidence, collective protests, activism and art, this book interrogates dispossession as a complex notion. Having already been attached…See More
Jena A Zelezny commented on Jena A Zelezny's group Judith Butler and Dramaturgy
"Thanks Anna, I'll be reading this interview with great interest!  I have a copy of the book and have not, as yet, completed a close reading."
Jena A Zelezny commented on Jena A Zelezny's group Judith Butler and Dramaturgy
"With regard to parameters, I appreciate the relation between philosophy and performance and I wonder about the efficacy of performance as philosophy. My interest is in that which Butler has described as the chiasmic dimensions of the relation."


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