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Conveners

Meghan Moe Beitiks (USA)

Meghan is an artist working with associations and disassociations of culture/nature/structure. She analyzes perceptions of ecology though the lenses of site, history, emotions, and her own body in order to produce work that analyzes relationships with the non-human. She’s particularly excited about the dialogue at PP and is hoping to support new ways of enabling and encouraging it through various platforms. She was a Fulbright Student Fellow, a recipient of the Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists, and a MacDowell Colony fellow. She exhibited her work at the I-Park Environmental Art Biennale, Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery in Chicago, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the House of Artists in Moscow, and other locations in California, Chicago, Australia and the UK. She received her BA in Theater Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her MFA in Performance Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State University. www.meghanmoebeitiks.com


Hilan Bensusan (Brazil)

Hilan Bensusan is a philosopher and artist researching proximity, hospitality, the narratives of the others, and forms of non-nihilistic intelligence. The investigation brings together writing, performance and installation, in the form of street gestures, films, books, and collective exhibitions. His main concern at the moment is with the interactions between the animation of the world and the growing automation of procedures that frictions with the pace of things. This friction opens the issue of automation, crucial for the philosophy of intelligence and the performance of thinking.
Currently lecturing at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Brasilia, Hilan has held recent visiting posts at several universities such as the University of Madras at Chennai, the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the Lousiana State University, the Université de Paris 8. Recent books include Indexicalism, Edinburgh University Press, 2021; A moral do começo, Fi, 2019, Linhas de Animismo Futuro, Mil Saberes, 2017 and Being Up For Grabs, Open Humanities, 2016. Journal publications include Process Studies, Speculations, O-Zone, Acta Analytica, Croatian Journal of Philosophy, Epistemologia and Philosophia.
Hilan maintains two blogs, No Borders Metaphysics and Buca L’Ombrello. Films and performances can be found in the youtube channel Hilan Bensusan and Esquizotrans and most works are on www.hilanbensusan.net.


Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca (UK)

Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca is Professor and Head of DAS Graduate School at the Academy of Theatre and DanceAmsterdam University of the Arts in the Netherlands. She also holds a fractional position as Reader in Theatre and Performance and Director of the Centre for Performance Philosophy, at the University of Surrey, UK. She is currently an AHRC Leadership Fellow for the project, Performance Philosophy & Animals: Towards a Radical Equality (2019-2022). Her books include: The Routledge Companion to Performance Philosophy (Routledge, 2020) and Encounters in Performance Philosophy (Palgrave, 2014), both co-edited with Alice Lagaay; Theatres of Immanence: Deleuze and the Ethics of Performance (Palgrave, 2012); Manifesto Now! Instructions for Performance, Philosophy, Politics (Intellect, 2013), co-edited with Will Daddario; and Deleuze and Performance (Edinburgh, 2009). She is a founding editor of the Performance Philosophy book series (initially with Palgrave, now with Rowman & Littlefield) and the Performance Philosophy journal.


Luciana da Costa Dias (Brazil)

Luciana Da Costa Dias is an Associate Professor at Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), in Brazil, since 2011. She is also a founder member of the Brazilian research group: “APORIA: Studies in Philosophy and Performance” since 2014 and a core convener of Performance Philosophy network. Luciana’s research activities are focused on a hermeneutic-phenomenological approach to art and modernity. She is particularly interested in the crisis of modernity (as a metaphysical crisis and its possible overcoming through art) through the works of Nietzsche, Heidegger and Artaud; as well as in a transversal perspective on art/performance – as an immediacy of presence – and how this might affect theatre and Performance Studies. She recently co-edited, together with Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca the first Latin American dossier on Performance Philosophy. Please find more info here.


Will Daddario (USA)

Will is co-editor of the Performance Philosophy Book Series and Performance Philosophy Journal. He is author of Baroque, Venice, Theatre, Philosophy (Palgrave 2017), co-editor with Karoline Gritzner of Adorno and Performance (2014), co-editor with Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca of Manifesto Now! Instructions for Performance, Philosophy, Politics (2013), and author of numerous articles in theatre and performance studies. His current book projects focus on the poetry, theatre, and philosophy of Jay Wright. A theatre historiographer by training, Will is starting training to become a clinical mental health counselor in Fall 2020. This latest turn dovetails with his ongoing grief work at Inviting Abundance. Learn more at willdaddario.com


Stuart Grant (Australia)

I am a Senior Lecturer in performance at Monash University. I write about performance phenomenology, site-specific performance, musical theatre, and a bunch of other more or less related topics. I play in the electronic punk band The Primitive Calculators and direct the ecological performance company, the Environmental Performance Authority. I am currently leading a project on experimental music in China, and facilitating collaborations between Australian and Chinese experimental musicians. As a convenor in PP I would like to seek out international networking opportunities, get involved in exploring possibilities with social media platforms, lend a hand with journal reviewing, and work to increase the presence of the organisation outside of the UK and US. One day we may be able to bring the biennial conference to Australia.


Wade Hollingshaus (USA)

Wade is the chair of Brigham Young University’s department of Theatre and Media Arts. He holds an M.A. in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in Theatre Historiography and Performance Studies from the University of Minnesota. In his principal appointment, Wade teaches courses in performance studies, theatre historiography, literary and cultural theory, dramaturgy, and directing. He is an affiliate faculty member in the European Studies program, for which he teaches a course in Finnish Literature. He was also recently appointed as an Alcuin Fellow in the Honors Department, for which he co-teaches a course on literature and biology. In 2013, Wade published his first book: Philosophizing Rock Performance: Dylan, Hendrix, Bowie. Further work has been published in Theatre Topics, Scandinavian Studies, Review: The Journal of Dramaturgy, The Journal of Religion and Theatre, The Journal of Finnish Studies, TDR, Theatre Journal, and Ecumenica. Recently he co-edited a special section on “Performance Philosophy Pedagogy” for Theatre Topics. His new book project discusses musician Peter Gabriel and the theatricality of his work. He also publishes on Finnish theatre and performance. Wade currently serves in the American Society of Theatre Research as their liaison with the Theatre Library Association.


Einav Katan-Schmid (Germany)

Einav is a Postdoctoral Research Associate, at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Since I am coming from the practical dance world and have been leading my academic profession in philosophy, my main focus of research is philosophy of dance. My work is in the intersection of practice with theory and deals with questions that have both artistic and philosophical implications. I explore embodied practices as techniques of thinking and inquire their social, physical, and cognitive intervention. My book “Embodied Philosophy in Dance; Gaga and Ohad Naharin’s Movement Research” was published with the PP book series with Palgrave Macmillan (2016). Currently, I work with the Excellence Cluster; an Interdisciplinary Laboratory at Humboldt University of Berlin. I collaborate with the research group gamelab.berlin, where we design and stage research for movement possibilities and dancing in VR. Our project, “Playing with Virtual Realities,” questions how technology and embodied practices design and enact imagination and perceptual experience. I am passionate about interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary projects. Coming from in between disciplines and from diverse cultures of research and expression, I am always looking for the possibilities and the conditions that enable everybody to express the variety of their curiosities, knowledge, and expertise at their best.


Esa Kirkkopelto (Finland)

Esa is a philosopher, an artist-researcher and the convener of Other Spaces live art group. Since 2007, he has been working at the University of the Arts Helsinki as professor of artistic research. Currently he is in charge of developing the post-doc Centre for Artistic Research (C-FAR). His research focuses on the deconstruction of the performing body both in theory and in practice. He is the leader of a collective research project “Actor´s Art in Modern Times” on the psychophysical actor training (since 2008), and a member of the editorial board of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training and Performance Philosophy Journal and Performance Philosophy Journal. He is also the initiator of the International Platform for Performer Training. Having passed his PhD in philosophy at the University of Strasbourg, he is the author of Le théâtre de l´expérience. Contributions à la théorie de la scène (Presses de l’Université Paris-Sorbonne 2008), as well as of many articles on philosophy of theatre, poetics, and politics.


Alice Koubová (Czech Republic)

Alice is a senior researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences and lecturer at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She has published Self-Identity and Powerlessness (Brill), and other books and papers on contemporary philosophy, post-phenomenology, ethics and performance. As an active practitioner in ludic theatre, Alice authors performances straddling the borders of philosophy and theatre. Her activities in the Performance Philosophy network include organising and co-organising conferences (Gnothi seauton, Ethics of Play, Observe! Imitate? Be yourself!, Playful communication, The Ludic Stance, Self and Imitation, How Does Performance Philosophy Act? Ethos, Ethics, Ethnography), which challenge the petrified habits of academic gatherings. Her goal is to not only foster Performance Philosophy activities in Central Europe but also to create a robust institutional platform initiating research stays, long term programmes, and short events for PP members and related researchers. She also wishes to continue to support local public, less academic activities focused on the development of civic society and public discussion. For her work, Alice was awarded Libellus Primus Price (2008) and Otto Wichterle Award (2014). For more details, see here.


Alice Lagaay (Germany)

Alice is Professor of Aesthetics and Cultural Philosophy in the Design Department at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg). She is a founding member of the Performance Philosophy network and co-editor of the Performance Philosophy book series at Rowman & Littlefield International. She has taught philosophy, media theory and cultural studies at universities in Berlin, Bremen, and Friedrichhafen. Her PhD (2007) was on the philosophy of voice and her post-doctoral research has been on figures of “negative performance”, with a special focus, in recent years, on the notion of “Creative Indifference” as formulated by the early 20th Century philosopher Salomo Friedlaender. During her years in the philosophy department of the University of Bremen, Alice worked closely with the Centre for Performance Studies and the theatre ensemble Theater der Versammlung directed by Jörg Holkenbrink. Together they have been actively involved in developing and applying modes of performative teaching, especially focusing on the teaching and generating of philosophical content. See here and here.


Ramona Mosse (Germany)

Ramona is a Visiting Lecturer at Bard College Berlin and has previously taught at the Free University Berlin, the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Barnard College and Columbia University, NY. She is also a former Fellow of the International Research Center for Interweaving Performance Cultures in Berlin. Her research focuses on the interaction of genre and philosophy, theories of tragedy, theatre in the Anthropocene (specifically sound ecologies) as well as intermediality in performance. She is the co-editor of Erika Fischer-Lichte’s Routledge Introduction to Theater and Performance Studies (Routledge 2014). Ramona is a Co-Convenor of the Performance Philosophy Working Group “Genres of Dramatic Thought” and holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She also works as a dramaturg and translator.


Theron Schmidt (Australia)

Theron works internationally as an artist, teacher, and writer, currently living on unceded Gadigal land. He teaches performance writing and collaborative performance practices at UNSW Sydney, and has published widely on contemporary theatre and performance, participatory art practices, and politically engaged performance. He is one of the editors of the journal Performance Philosophy (performancephilosophy.org/journal), and an Associate Editor of Performance Research. In addition to his academic research, he has written widely about contemporary performance and live art for a variety of publications, including magazines and artist books, and also as part of innovative critical writing projects that foster interaction between scholars, artists, and publics. He also makes performance as a solo and collaborative artist.


Anna Street (France)

Anna is currently a Lecturer in Theater and Performance Studies in the English Department of Le Mans Université and holds a double-doctorate from the University of Paris IV – Sorbonne (English Studies – Theater) and from the University of Kent (Comparative Literature) and a Masters in Philosophy from the Sorbonne. She is the English-language translator for Les Petits Platons, a book collection designed to playfully present philosophy to children. Her activities within the Performance Philosophy network include co-founding the working group Genres of Dramatic Thought (2013), co-organizing international conferences (Paris 2014, Berlin 2014, Ljubljana 2016), and co-editing the volume Inter Views in Performance Philosophy (Palgrave 2017). Her research is devoted to the philosophical and political performative forces of comedy, from post-war theater to contemporary immigrant theater, and her current investigations also focus on water in its myriad forms, meanings, and mediums. Please check here for more details. 


Naomi Woo (Canada/UK)

Originally from Canada, I am a pianist, conductor, and researcher, currently working as assistant conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. My PhD, from Cambridge University, used methodology from literary criticism, queer theory, performance studies, and auto-ethnography to explore the impossible in piano etudes by composers including John Cage, György Ligeti, and Nicole Lizée. I have shown interdisciplinary performance work at venues including Somerset House (London), Kettles Yard (Cambridge), and Kunsthalle Darmstadt, and performed as a pianist at Carnegie Hall. I collaborate frequently with artists, choreographers, and composers, including Sasha Amaya, Teppei Higuchi, and Sophie Seita. www.naomiwoo.com


Mi You (Germany/China)

Mi You is a Beijing-born curator, researcher, and academic staff at Academy of Media Arts Cologne, where she lectures on arts and media theory. She has worked as curator of artistic research projects shown in Shenzhen/Hong Kong Bi-City Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (2007), Istanbul Design Biennale (2012), Lisbon Triennale and Athens Biennale (2013), v2_lab for the unstable media (2015), SAVVY Contemporary (2016), among others. Her long-term research and curatorial project takes the Silk Road as a figuration for deep-time, deep-space, de-centralized and nomadic imageries. Under this rubric she has curated a series of performative programs at Asian Culture Center Theater in Gwangju, South Korea and the inaugural Ulaanbaatar International Media Art Festival, Mongolia (2016). Her academic interests are in performance philosophy, science and technology studies, as well as the philosophy of immanence in Eastern and Western traditions. Her writings appear on Performance Research, PARSE, MaHKUscript: Journal of Fine Art Research, among others. She is fellow of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany), and serves as director of Arthub (Shanghai) and advisor to The Institute for Provocation (Beijing). Within PP, she would like to create a two-way dialogue with discourses from non-West thinkers/practitioners by hosting or supporting interim events (particularly in East Asia and Germany).


Past conveners

Kélina Gotman (2012-2017)

Karoline Gritzner (2012 – 2020)

John Ó Maoilearca (2012-2020)

Freddie Rokem (2012-2017)

Dan Watt (2012-2019)
 

 

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