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What is Performance Studies

Convener: José Esteban Muñoz

This teach-in will expose participants to the discourse of Performance Studies. We will discuss major topics in the field. Our discussion will explicate and compare different critical approaches to the study of performance that will include but not be limited to performance ethnography, the performativity of language, liveness, political performance, the intersection of performance and technology, performance documentation, technology and the performativity of gender and race. The topics will be woven into a larger narrative that aims to familiarize participants with the history of the field. Theoretical paradigms will be illustrated by selections of pivotal moments in the history of performance art.

Biography

José Esteban Muñoz is a professor of Performance Studies at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He teaches critical race studies, queer theory and aesthetics. He is the author of Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (1999), Cruising Utopia:The Here and Now of Queer Futurity (2009) and the forthcoming The Sense of Brown. He co-edits the book series Sexual Cultures for NYU Press.

Background Information
  • Encuentro Location (São Paulo): USP - Facultade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo
  • Date: January 14, 2013