Madison Performance Philosophy Collective (est. 2013) is a new, interdisciplinary assemblage of artist-scholars in the Madison, WI area. We are a regional branch of the international Performance Philosophy research network.
Our current members are Tom Armbrecht, Erin Briddick, James Burling, Jill Casid, Paola Hernandez, K. Frances Lieder, Tomislav Longinovic, Megan Marsh-McGlone, Jon McKenzie, Dijana Mitrovic, Mark Nelson, Frederic Neyrat, Michael Peterson, Jen Plants, Andrew Salyer, Katrina Schaag, and Christopher William Wolter. Our interests and experiences range from theatre and drama to relational aesthetics to new media to political philosophy, and we are each, to varying degrees, both artists and scholars. We are excited to welcome others into our group!
We have received a grant from Performance Philosophy for our April 2014 interim event, "Mad Theory." This theory-practice symposium will be a space for the robust community of Madison performance-philosophers and philosopher-performers to showcase their current work, theorize together about the intersections between their own scholarly and artistic practices, stage philosophical discussion as performance, and generate new knowledge.
In addition to our core questions about theory-practice, we are also strongly invested in democratizing knowledge and promoting a de-hierarchized form of performance philosophy beyond the “ivory tower.” Accordingly, we will actively engage in community outreach prior to, during, and after this event, investigating key questions at the heart of performance philosophy while also building and strengthening community between artists and scholars within and outside of academic institutions.
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