2nd Biennial Performance Philosophy Conference
Abstr. due: 13.10.2014
Dates: 10.04.15 — 12.04.15
Area Of Sciences: Philosophy;
Organizing comittee e-mail: email@example.com
Organizers: The Franke Institute for the Humanities
What Can Performance Philosophy Do? will be the 2nd biennial conference event organized by the professional association Performance Philosophy, founded in 2012. Performance Philosophy is also the name of an emerging interdisciplinary field concerned with the relationship between performance and philosophy, broadly construed.
While the inaugural conference invited participants to respond to the question, “What Is Performance Philosophy?,” the theme for this conference is “What Can Performance Philosophy Do?” From one perspective, this question invites considerations of performance’s philosophical affects and philosophy’s performative actions; it invokes concepts of performativity and efficacy (but need not assume any straightforward relation between cause and effect). The form of the question recalls Marx’s critique of the contemplative nature of philosophy, but also Spinoza’s relational definition of bodies in terms of capacities. From another, it prompts explorations of the present or future value of examining performance and philosophy in relation to one another, and the actual or potential impact of performance philosophy on its participants whether in academia, art or the public sphere. The question “What Can Performance Philosophy Do?” may also require us to consider what performance philosophy cannot do and why, and to consider the kinds of experimental methodologies needed to investigate these constraints.
In posing the question “What Can Performance Philosophy Do?,” the conference is not implying that what counts as ‘performance philosophy’ has already been determined. On the contrary, it aims to provide a space to continue conversations and debates about what constitutes performance philosophy; to what extent it is a new field or simply a consolidation of existing activity; and to what extent we should ‘mind the gap’ between performance and philosophy as distinct disciplines (Puchner) or pursue the ideas of ‘performance as philosophy’ and ‘philosophy as performance.’
The conference welcomes proposals from researchers working in any area of philosophy (analytic, continental, non-western etc.) or any area of performance (dance, theatre, music, visual art performance, the everyday, non-human performance, etc.) that address issues including but not limited to the following:
· Performance’s philosophical affects and philosophy’s performative actions; concepts of performance and philosophy as kinds of doing or forms of action; the relationship between thinking and doing, contemplating the world and changing it, representing the real and transforming it. Is thinking a kind of doing and doing a kind of thinking?
· The nature, value, or impact of philosophical modes of performance and performative modes of philosophy
· What performance philosophy can and cannot do for Performance and for Philosophy as academic disciplines. What performance philosophy can or cannot do outside of academia
· What are the limits of performance philosophy? What can ‘performance’ do that ‘philosophy’ cannot and vice versa?
· How should we value or evaluate what performance and philosophy, and performance philosophy can do?
· Notions of experimentation as a means of exploring the capacities of performance and philosophy
· Is the concept of ‘performativity’ (as laid out in Austin, Butler etc.) still valuable for understanding what performance and philosophy do?