What Is It For? Performance Studies, Part 2

What Is It For? Performance Studies, Part 2

Ruth Hellier-Tinoco (UCSB, Department of Music)
Friday, February 24 / 5:00 PM
6056 HSSB, IHC Research Seminar Room

In this informal gathering we continue to debate issues concerning the notion of “performance studies” and its efficacy in enabling provocations, understandings, and actions. Picking up themes and threads from our meeting on November 29, the discussion will be guided by the  question “How is Performance Studies efficacious in my research?”

“There are people who already know, or think they know, what performance studies is. This book is not for them. This book is for the people who like not knowing, who find the uncertainty of unmapped terrain exhilarating. This is also true of the field itself. What makes performance studies unique is that it shares the characteristics of its object: performance. Just as performance is contingent, contested, hard to pin down, so too is its study. For the most part, those of use who consider ourselves ‘performance studies people’ like it that way” (Henry Bial in The Performance Studies Reader, 1: 2007).

Open to all interested faculty, staff, and students. Please contact Ruth by email ( Rhellier-tinoco@music.ucsb.edu ) with suggestions, comments, proposals and ideas for the PS RFG. We’re planning not just this year, but future years.

Sponsored by the IHC’s Performance Studies RFG.

Website: www.ihc.ucsb.edu/performancestudies