Science Fiction Studies has relied on performance theory in order to define itself. For instance, the 'father' SF studies, Darko Suvin, relied on Brecht in the development of his definition of SF as the literature of cognitive estrangement. Later, Carl Freedman wrote of the effect that SF performs on the reader. And, more recently, China Miéville draws from Austin in order to make a point that SF is 'something done with language by someone to someone' and then flirts with Stanislavski by suggesting how SF works pretty much with the possibility of an alterity based on a fictitious 'as if'.
This group is interested in discussing the interconnection that SF theory and Performance theory may have. Not only to investigate a genealogy of sorts and identify how of much of each field has entered the other, but more to think about the possibilities that doing science fiction opens with regards to performance philosophy proper, and to ponder on SF as a performative thinking.
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Thank you very much Felipe for sharing - the book looks promising indeed! Somehow your case reminded me about that beautiful & nostalgic video: http://youtu.be/xhB2pFJ9wuQ I suppose science as well as the cosmos and the star dust in it simply feels like home.
For any Gilroy fan out there:
Call for Papers
29th Annual Symposium on African American Culture & Philosophy
“BLACK TO THE FUTURE: BLACK CULTURE THROUGH SPACE & TIME”
I have been thinking on how to construct a theory of interplanetary culture and the implications that that would have for theatre and performance. Been using a lot of SF theory in the workings of a piece that covers that question. I will share the piece, which is titled Interplanetary Performance, once it is in better shape (soon, hopefully!). But in the meantime, and on purpose of interplanetary culture, I just found out that NASA released a free ebook titled Archeology, Anthropology and Interstellar Communication - Looks very promising. Below the link to download your copy:
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