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Faculty Coordinators: Christian Flaugh (RLL); Ariel Nereson (Theatre & Dance); Lindsay Hunter (Theatre & Dance)

“The fields of organizational, cultural, and technological performance, when taken together, form an immense performance site, one that potentially encompasses the spheres of human labor and leisure activities and the behaviors of all industrial and electronically produced technologies.” (J. McKenzie, Perform or Else, 12).

Performance and “performative” have become widely adopted critical and theoretical concepts across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. As such, the concept of performance extends beyond aesthetic and cultural considerations to operate both as an object of study and as a critical methodology across disciplines. This new research group will support transdisciplinary inquiries, collaborations, and projects centered around the concept of “performance” across areas and cultures to connect and extend our notions of performance practices both historically and in contemporary contexts. Specifically, the group will feature: (i) an ongoing reading series; (ii) presentations and feedback for faculty and graduate work in development (including drafts, project critique, and other forms of critical response); and (iii) visiting speakers focused on the deployment of performance in diverse contexts.

15-16 Events

Fall 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 2pm
CFA Screening Room

“Queering Dominican Frames: Performing Beyond the Local, Global, and Diaspora”

Maja Horn (Barnard College/Columbia University)

Co-sponsored by the Performance Research Workshop, Queer Studies Research Workshop and the Gender Institute, and part of Gender Week 2016:

Spring 2016

Spring 2016 co-sponsorship of “Bvffalo Bard 2016: 400 Years Since Shakespeare”

More information available here:

Monday, February 22, 1pm
CFA 278
Josephine Anstey, Media Study
“Imagining Consciousness”

Thursday, March 31, 12:30pm
Knox 110
Amma Kootin, University of Georgia (Athens)
“Embodying History: Race ‘On Display’ in the Americas”: Roundtable with Dr. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin and UB faculty members

Thursday, March 31, 3:30pm
Baird Hall Recital Hall (second floor)
“Performing the Archive: Buffalo and the Pan-American Exposition of 1901”: Performance presentation by the “At Buffalo” team

Tuesday, April 12, 12:30pm
Clemens 930
Arabella Lyon, English
“Imagining Confucian Audiences: Tactical Media and the Umbrella Movement”

Fall 2015

Monday, October 26, 7pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
“Acting as Technology: A Conversation”
Shonni Enelow (Fordham University) and Christopher Grobe (Amherst College)

Thursday, November 12, 12:30pm
“Spectacular Quebec: Cirque du Soleil and Robert Lepage”
930 Clemens Hall
Karen Fricker, Brock University
Co-sponsored with the Melodia E. Jones Chair and UB’s Quebec Studies Program

Monday, November 23, 12pm
Discussion of Liz Tomlin’s “Deconstructing the Postdramatic: Questions of Mimesis, Authorship, and Representation” (from Acts and Apparitions: Discourses on the Real in Performance Practice and Theory)

Upcoming Events

  1. Scholars@Hallwalls-2017-1

    September 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  2. Buffalo Humanities Festival: Environments | Spotlight Speaker : Bill McKibben

    September 29 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  3. Scholars@Hallwalls-2017-2

    October 13 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  4. Early Modern Research Workshop: Ann Little, “Gender and Violence in Colonial North America”

    October 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  5. Scholars@Hallwalls-2017-3

    November 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm