What Can Performance Philosophy Do?

The 2nd biennial Performance Philosophy conference

Fri 10 - Sun 12 April 2015

The University of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago, IL, USA.


Keynotes will include:


Simon Critchley

on "Tragedy's Philosophy" 

Peggy Phelan

on "The Art of Practice and the Practice of Art: Scenes from Performance Philosophy"


Matthew Goulish & Lin Hixson

"from one meaning to another"


With a premiere of Three Matadorsa new work-in-progress by


Every house has a door


Kindly supported by: the Chicago Cultural Center, The Franke Institute for the Humanities, The Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, The Center for Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Performance Department.


REGISTER for the conference at this site


IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - inc. maps of the conference locations, shuttle service times etc.

Read the ABSTRACTS for all the sessions



Delegates and presenters will need to pay modest membership dues to attend the conference, these will be:

£50 [approx $75] for salaried / waged delegates and presenters

£30 [approx $45] for unwaged / student delegates and presenters

These fees are put towards the costs of running the conference and/or towards future PP conferences.

Email List: If you would like occasional email updates about the conference, please send your name, email address, and institutional affiliation to

Important last minute information for delegates!

Dear Everybody,

We'll be meeting in Chicago in only a few days’ time. Here's some last-minute information about accommodations, transportation, and conference events—please read carefully:

0. Check out the Conference Program. Find the abstracts to the conference presentations here. General conference info lives here

1. Hotel Check-In: If you are staying at Club Quarters, you'll find the hotel at 75 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601. The phone number is (312) 357-6400. If you wish, you can find more information at their website:

2. Getting to and from Logan Center on Friday, April 10: Friday morning, two shuttles will depart from the Club Quarters at 7:30am going to Logan Center at the University of Chicago (915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637). Breakfast, coffee, and tea will be available from 8-9am at the Logan Center, prior to the official welcome and the first keynote panel starting promptly at 9am.

Throughout the day Friday, a shuttle will run back and forth between Club Quarters and the Logan Center. (So if you miss the first shuttle, another should arrive approximately 45-60 minutes later). Or you may choose to take a cab or public transportation. (If you opt for public transport, we recommend taking the #2 express bus from Wacker and Wabash to Midway Plaisance and Cottage Grove, rather than the Green or Red line trains. The fare is $2 one way, exact change required.) After the Every House Has a Door performance, both shuttles will return to the hotel, leaving Logan Center at approximately 9pm.

3. VERY IMPORTANT: Please bring a state ID of some kind to verify your identity. To gain entrance to the School of the Art Institute, you will need to present your ID and retrieve a Pass, which will then allow you access to the building throughout the day. Delegates will have to do this on Saturday AND Sunday. We strongly recommend that delegates arrive at the School of the Art Institute around 8:00 am on Saturday and Sunday. The sign-in process may take a long time if many people arrive at once. [Insert long footnote here about the complex relationship between art, surveillance, and security in 21st-century U.S. institutions.]

4. If you’re attending Friday’s events, please visit the registration desk inside the main (North) entrance of the Logan Center to pick up your program and your name badge, which will grant you access to conference events and meals. Look for a similar registration area in the Columbus Auditorium Lobby (i.e., the site of the morning Keynote address) on Saturday morning.

5. If you are presenting, please make sure that:

  • the length of your presentation or workshop does not exceed the time allocated to you;

  • you bring your adaptor/dongle if you are using your own laptop;

  • you print out your paper (if you have one) before you arrive at the conference venue.

6. If you are chairing a panel or a workshop, please find the relevant abstracts of your presenters/facilitators here.

7. To participate in Becca Wood’s event on Saturday @ 2:00pm, "Choreoauratically Wired - A Theatrical Loop," download the sound files from Soundcloud after noon this Thursdy at and put them on your iPhone or MP3 player. Bring cameras and recording devices you have with you, and meet in front of the School of the Art Institute venue (on Michigan Avenue) for the event. If you will not have your own, a very limited number of MP3 Players and headphones will be made available. If you would like one please email

8. The Performance Philosophy journal launch party - on Saturday night, from 6.30pm to 8:30pm - is kindly being hosted by Green Lantern Pressat their space, Sector 2337 on 2337 N Milwaukee Ave which is about a 4 minute walk from the California Blue Line Stop (direction here). All delegates are invited there for drinks and food (wear your badges). Feel free to familiarize yourself with the Chicago Metro Map that we posted on the Conference Logistics Page: Travel time between the School of the Art Institute and Sector 2337 is approx. 30 minutes (combined walking and train time).

9. (Finally:) We're starting a new Twitter account for this event: @Performosophy. Add us on Twitter and feel free to start circulating news of this weekend's events for some last-minute buzz. Use the conference hashtag: #PPChicago2015

Extremely excited to see you all soon,
et al.

Read the CALL FOR PROPOSALS (Proposal deadline: October 13, 2014)

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