Department of Music

Performance Studies Focus Group Pre-Conference
New York, July 2003

Performance Studies Focus Group Pre-Conference

The Performance Studies Focus Group (PSFG) of ATHE (Association for
Theatre in Hugher Education) is pleased to announce its first ever
pre-conference, "Discipline or Perform: Performance Studies in its Global
Contexts." This exciting pre-conference will be held all day on Wednesday,
July 30th and the morning of Thursday, July 31st at the City University of
New York (CUNY) Graduate Center at 365 5th Avenue.

Performance Studies has been a debated and contested term which has been
employed in many different contexts and with many different meanings.
Whether coming from theatre, philosophy, ethnography, art history, or any
one of a number of varied disciplines and backgrounds, contemporary life
has undergone a turn to "performance." This pre-conference will engage a
variety of scholars, practitioners, and students to explore ideas that
intersect within the term Performance Studies.

The pre-conference will begin and end with roundtable sessions featuring
invited participants, who will lead a discussion interrogating several of
the current areas of debate within the field. The opening roundtable will
address the relation of Performance Studies to a variety of other fields
and disciplines, including Philosophy, Visual Culture, Music, and Dance.
The concluding round table will focus on the place of Performance Studies
in relation to Theatre Studies, and the place of PS within ATHE. We will
then break down into smaller "working groups," that will address a variety
of individual topics in the field with the goal of each creating a
presentation to share with the other working groups at the end of the

Confirmed Speakers and Working Group Chairs include: Philip Auslander,
Henry Bial, Marvin Carlson, Jessica Chalmers, Una Chaudhuri, Laurie Beth
Clark, John Emigh, Jon Erickson, Susan Manning, Bonnie Marranca, Jon
McKenzie, Michael Peterson, Martin Puchner, Nancy Reilly-McVittie, Joe
Roach, and David Savran.

Working Groups will include: 
 Discipline or Methodology: Performance Studies in the Curricular Context 
 Internationalism and Performance Studies
 Bureaucracy: The role of Performance Studies in Scholarly Organizations
 Curation: Performance Studies in the World of Art Organizations
 Down Under: What We Learned from PSi9 in New Zealand
 Canonicity: "Basic Books: Is there a Performance Studies Canon?"
 Performance Studies and Performance History

The pre-conference will begin at 11am on Wednesday, July 30th, with
registration scheduled to begin at 10am. The opening keynote/roundtable
will run until 1pm with working groups then continuing until 5pm. After
this, there will be a reception and then a variety of suggested
performance options. Thursday morning, we will reconvene at 9am for the
presentation of the findings from the working groups and final discussion
from the concluding roundtable. (Please note the slight time change from
the ATHE News.)

Before July 1, pre-registration for ATHE/AATE members is $15. For
non-members, pre-registration is $25 until July 1. After that date,
members can register for $30 and non-members for $50. Please mail
registration information, along with a check payable to "CUNY Theatre
Program" for the appropriate amount to:

PS-ATHE Preconference 
Martin E. Segal Theatre Center 
365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3110 
New York, NY 10016 

If you have any questions please contact pre-conference organizers,
Jennifer Parker-Starbuck and Josh Abrams, at

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Preferred Working Group: (please rank top three choices, if facilitators are
designated, their names are included 
__Discipline or Methodology: Performance Studies in the Curricular Context.
  Facilitator, Michael Peterson
__Internationalism and Performance Studies. Facilitator, Jessica Chalmers
__Bureaucracy: The Role of Performance Studies in Scholarly Organizations
__Curation: Performance Studies in the World of Art Organizations
__Down Under: What We Learned from PSi9 in New Zealand. Facilitator, Henry
__Canonicity: "Basic Books: Is there a Performance Studies Canon?"
  Facilitator, Phil Auslander
__ Performance Studies and Performance History. Facilitator, Susan Manning