Conveners: Charlotte Canning, Jill Lane, and Patricia Ybarra


This group will investigate the historiographic challenges of writing about performance in relation to economic circuits of exchange, colonial legacies, and capitalist extraction. While we are mostly concerned with performance that is sited in the Americas, we hope to complicate the geographies of cultural production and knowledge production by tracing complex legacies of movement between diverse global sites and periods. We hope to work intensely on scholarly writing and creative research with a small group of participants invested in these issues.


Participants should upload abstracts for papers or proposals for performance (250 words) that address these themes. We hope to keep the group small (8-10 people) and run it as a workshop for participants' work in progress over the course of the Encuentro. We will read work/view work samples in advance of the conferences so that our time is spent in dialogue rather than presentation. Materials should be uploaded via the online application form before October 9th, 2013.

This working group will be limited to 8-10 participants.

Convener Biographies:

Charlotte Canning is the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professor of Drama at the University of Texas at Austin where she heads the Performance as Public Practice MA/MFA/PhD programs. She is the author of Feminist Theatres in the USA: Staging Women's Experience, The Most American Thing in America: Circuit Chautauqua as Performance, and with Tom Postlewait, Representing the Past: Essays in Performance Historiography. She is currently the Senior Editor of Theatre Research International.

Patricia Ybarra's research interests include theatre historiography, Mexican theatre and performance, Latino/a theatre and performance, avant garde theatre, critical race studies, dramaturgy and directing. Publications include articles in Aztlán, Theatre Journal, Gestos and the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. Her first book is Conquest: Theatre, History and Identity in Tlaxcala, Mexico(2009). Her second book project is on Latino theatre under neoliberalism.

Jill Lane is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University, where she teaches courses on performance in the Americas, in relation to the histories of colonialism, neocolonialism, and globalization. Her book, Blackface Cuba, 1840-1898 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005) examines racial impersonation, national desire, and anticolonial sentiment in Cuba. She is co-editor of The Ends of Performance (New York University Press, 1998) with Peggy Phelan, and of e-misférica, the Hemispheric Institute's peer-reviewed online journal.

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