What is Performance Studies?

Conveners: Karen Shimakawa, Tavia Nyong’o

This Teach-In will expose participants to the discourse of Performance Studies. Our discussion will explicate and compare different critical approaches to the study of performance, including but not 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, aiming to familiarize participants with the field’s history. Theoretical paradigms will be illustrated by selections of pivotal moments in the history of performance art.

Biographies

Karen Shimakawa is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Performance Studies Department at NYU, an Adjunct Instructor at the NYU School of Law and the author of National Abjection: The Asian American Body Onstage (on racialization, citizenship, and performance). Her new project is on discomfort in U.S. performance and race politics.

Tavia Nyong’o is Associate Professor of Performance Studies at New York University. His areas of interest include black studies, queer studies, and popular music studies. His first book, The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (Minnesota, 2009), won the Errol Hill Award. He is co-editor of the journal Social Text.

Additional Info

  • Encuentro Location (Montréal): Concordia University, Engineering and Visual Arts Building