2017 Events


Performance Philosophy School of Athens II was a collaboration between the Performance

Philosophy Network and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST). It took place

on 23 24 of September 2017 at EMST and was organised and curated by Dr Stella Dimitrakopoulou

and Dr Stefania Mylona. Read the report from the Performance Philosophy School of Athens II


Receiving £500:

1. “Repetition/s: performance / philosophy.”

Organizers: Ben Hjorth, Gregor Moder, Bara Kolenc, Anna Street. Ljubljana, Slovenia. 15-17 September 2016.

  • “In the spirit of the emerging field of Performance Philosophy, and in recognition of the crucial importance of the concept of repetition within this wide range of fields, we seek to host a truly polydisciplinary event bringing together scholars and artists alike. [...] The event will be staged over 3 days in Ljubljana – an important centre of thought and practice due in part to the city's eponymous school of Lacanian ideology critique, whose three key members (Dolar, Žižek & Zupančič) will form the backbone of the event's academic program.”


2. “Pragmatics : Practice : Praxis.”

Organizers: Dr. Erin Brannigan (UNSW Sydney), Dr. Barbara Formis (Univ. Paris 1 Sorbonne, France), Prof. Oliver Feltham (The American University of Paris), and Dr. Theron Schmidt (UNSW Sydney),  13-16 July 2017.

  • Pragmatics : Practice : Praxis is a three-day workshop that brings together artists and researchers from Europe and Australia. Its aim is double: first to explore how different forms of practice are deployed and given value in the fields in which we work; second to create space for cross-fertilization and experimentation by sharing, transferring and then implementing researchers’ established methods and tools, thus producing new hybrid models of practice.  


3. “Contemporaneities. The Entangled Now of Performance.”

Organizers: Dr. Frederik Le Roy and Dr. Christel Stalpaert. Ghent, Belgium. 5 March 2016.

  • “Together with philosophers, performance practitioners and performance theories we want to investigate how what philosophical, temporal and historical notions underpin the ‘contemporaneity' of contemporary performance and understand how performance negotiates, critiques and transforms these notions? This is event is fundamentally invested in thinking the relation between performance and philosophy, specifically the philosophy of time and history as it pertains to the notion of the contemporary.”
  • The speakers that have been invited (and have confirmed) are Rebecca Schneider, Milo Rau, Stefan Bläske, Daniel Blanga-Gubbay, Fabian Barba, Timmy De Laet and Thomas Bellinck.


Receiving £250:

1. “Kiskadee.”

Organizers: Andre Bagoo, Vahni Capildeo, and Kriston Chen. Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. March/April 2016 (coincides with Mardi Gras).

  • “This event will seek to take off from Nietzsche’s idea of the central place of dance as a prism through which to question freedom and its limits in contemporary Trinidad, a country where anti-homosexuality laws and the Board of Censors are perhaps as much in force as the more visible powers emblematized by the creativity of Carnival.”


2. “‘Getting Bread’ – One Day Workshop for Philosophy as Performance.”

Registration is now open

Organizer: Rüdiger H. Rimpler. Hanover, Germany. 30 July 2016. https://gettingbread.wordpress.com. Location: Hannover, Germany 

  • “The idea: The Workshop “Getting Bread” tries to find out if the concept of Philosophy as Performance proves itself in everyday life situations. Thus, the workshop may also be seen as a kind of case study in philosophical investigations respectively artistic research. Following the idea that “doing philosophy” is linked with embodied experiences and affective meanings of our thoughts, the workshop is open to non-philosophers and professional philosophers as well. The participants (maximum 12) should be willing to get up early and ready to face real life situations beyond the stage, which may enable philosophical experiences in an integrated sense”
  • Driving questions: “How do we treat bread today? What perceived and palpable significance does it have in everyday life situations? Who would share bread with us? Who would accept our bread if we offer it for free? And who would offer us bread if we were needy.”



1. Théâtre et Philosophie : perspectives anglo-américaines

Location of event: Paris, France

Dates: June 26 - 28, 2014

Organizers: Anna Street, Flore Garcin-Marrou, Liza Kharoubi

Confirmed participants (if any): Judith Butler, Alfonso Lingis, Catherine Malabou, Jon McKenzie, Martin Puchner 

Topic/Aims: Introduction of PP to France / Relationship between French and Anglophone philosophy and theatre.


2. Performance Philosophy: The Young 

Location of event: Groningen, the Netherlands

Dates: February 7-8 2014

Organizers: Konstantina Georgelou, Efrosini Protopapa, Danae Theodoridou

Confirmed participants (if any): Dr. Bojana Kunst and Dr. Pascal Gielen

Topic/Aims: interdisciplinary exchange on PP between groups of postgraduate students, social production of ideas

Read a report of this event 

3. Beirut: Bodies in Public

Location of event: Beirut, Lebanon

Dates: 9-11 October 2014

Organizers: Ella Parry-Davies, Eliesh Sahyoun

Topic/Aims: relation between performance, philosophy and public space


4. Mad Theory: A Performance Philosophy Symposium (click link for website and details)

MAD THEORY was a great success, with estimates of 70 - 80 attendees, and a tangible sense of community-building between scholars and artists of UW-Madison and the larger Madison community.
The Library as Incubator Project is going to do a publication about the event!
The organizers are planning to make an e-book documenting the symposium's proceedings, so keep your eyes peeled for that. For now, here is the conference website:  http://madtheory2014.wordpress.com/
And you can view the full color program booklet here:  
And you can view responses to and documentation of the symposium here: 
And here is a dropbox link to view all photos, taken by Paul Andrews and Angela Richardson:
And here's the Twitter feed for #madtheory2014:  https://twitter.com/search?q=madtheory2014


5. Know thyself: NO PAPER Conference 

Location of event: Prague, Czech Republic

Dates: September 19-21 2014

Organizers: Alice Koubová

Confirmed participants: Arno Boehler and Suzanne Granzer (Philosophy on the Stage, Vienna), members of Soundcheck Philosophy

Topic/Aims: focused on participants coming from Philosophy, notion of “public thinking” rather than pre-prepared papers

6. State of Encounter 

Location of event: Arequipa City, Peru

Dates: 4-9 February 2014

Organizers: Christian Frias, Monica Vergara, and Nancy Carpio

Topic/Aims: practice-based, audience participation in “thought” released via performance


7. Making Sense of (Performance) Philosophy

 Location of event: Athens, Greece

Dates: 14-15 March 2014

Organizers: Stefania Mylona

Confirmed participants: Michael Klein, Sozita Goudouna, Sophia Efstathiou

Topic/Aims: Introducing PP to Greece, pedagogy, to investigate alternative modes of learning about (and through) performance philosophy such as sensing theories

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