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The 2014 Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University

The Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our fourth annual summer session, to be held June 2 - 13, 2014. The School offers faculty and advanced graduate students the opportunity to learn from leading scholars in theater and performance research in an intensive two-week summer program. The topic for the 2014 session will be "Locations of Theater." The word "theater" designates a "place of seeing," and the question of where theater should take place has been a fundamental one throughout the history of this art form. Our investigations will address the architecture and archaeologies of theater, from the invention of the raised stage to…
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A film series of dialogues with leading thinkers and writers

I'd like to share information about two new films below, in case they are of interest... Transfigured Night: a conversation with Alphonso Lingis Transfigured Night assembles a rich patchwork of fragments taken from a two day dialogue in the philosopher’s house near Baltimore in which Lingis makes dynamic forays into thoughts that have preoccupied him in over forty years as a writer and traveller, drawing on his influences in phenomenology and ethics, and his extensive encounters with many places and cultures. The discussion moves from questions of the face and gaze of others, the sensual experiences of weight and being touched,…
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The Generic Orientation of Non-Standard Aesthetics by F. Laruelle

University of Minnesota, Weisman Art Museum, November 17, 2012The Generic Orientation of Non-Standard AestheticsFrançois Laruelle The Problem to Be SolvedAesthetics, in particular since Hegel, has been philosophy’s acknowledged domination of art. Philosophy claims to disengage the sense, the truth and the destination of art—and all of this after the event of art’s supposed death. In a less authoritarian and less legislative mode, philosophy describes the figures of art, its epochs, it styles, and the system of its forms in accordance with art’s own norms. Art, for its part, resists this enterprise and rebels.I propose another solution which, without abandoning aesthetics,…
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Labo LAPS (France)

In France, the LAPS - Laboratoire des Arts et Philosophies de la Scène - operates at the crossroads between theory and performance practice. http://labo-laps.com
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Diaspora Conversation

Diaspora Conversation Diaspora Conversation is an on-going dialogue between peoples and societies. We belief identity and power are directly related to dialogue and recognition. The concept of Diaspora Conversations therefore is knowledge-exchange and to contribute to a broad understanding of the complexity of our time. The African Diasporas self-perception and understanding of its environment is different from the picture painted and highlighted by the traditional media over the past fifty years. The African diaspora is not a minority group because the decisive factor of its members’ citizenship is their country of origin not where they are resident. Conversation between peoples,…
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I Seminarium Naukowe z Filozofii Performansu – Zaproszenie

                                                   Uniwersytet Kardynała Stefana Wyszyńskiego w Warszawie I Seminarium Naukowe z Filozofii Performansu                                                                                                        kampus przy ul. Wóycickiego 1/3, bud. 23 5 czerwca 2013 - środa – g. 9.00…
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On Collaboration

I recently attended a symposium at Middlesex University, On Collaboration 2. After having attended the first of these symposiums and been interested in the variety of responses to the theme of collaboration and my own interest in it I decided to attended this second instalment. Here I want to discuss my own thoughts on the idea of collaboration and my intention for collaborating. After the symposium, my collaborator and I had a disagreement about the why for our working together; her thoughts on this may be found here: http://katherynowens.com/2013/05/19/thoughts-on-collaboration/ Firstly, I would argue that there is no such thing as…
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Silence at Staging a New Field conference

Notes on An Invitation to Participate in a Performance of Silence: This invitation was presented in a leaflet at the beginning of the conference ‘What is Performance Philosophy: Staging a New Field’. A copy was anonymously left on each chair in the lecture theatre.  These are notes made in diary form throughout the conference, followed by reflections on reactions to the invitation. At the end is the extended proposal further contextualising the performance.  1. Initial attempts to be silent – distracted by things crossing my mind that I try not to express. (Such physical discomfort of sitting in lecture theatre).…
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Silence

“On the information sheet in a New York hotel, I recently read: ‘Dear guest! To guarantee that you will fully enjoy your stay with us, this hotel is totally smoke-free. For any infringement of this regulation, you will be charged $200.’ The beauty of this formulation, taken literally, is that you are to be punished for refusing to fully enjoy your stay … The superego imperative to enjoy thus functions as the reversal of Kant’s “Du kannst, denn du sollst” (You can, because you must!); it relies on a “You must, because you can!” That is to say, the superego aspect of…
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