Performing Knowledge: What Does Learning Feel Like?

DEC 10, 2018 | 4:00 PM TO 9:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1218: Segal Theatre


December 10, 2018: 4:00 PM-9:00 PM




Segal Center


Like theatres, lecture halls and classrooms rehearse specific conventions to organize performance and spectatorship, teaching and learning. Like other conventions, the dramaturgy of the lecture is a product of overlapping factors and traditions. But in what new ways can knowledge be pursued, conceived and presented? 

Performing Knowledge gathers prominent scholars and graduate students from various programs at the Graduate Center to experiment with new ways of doing learning. Departing from a performative, embodied and experienced-based understanding of knowledge, the lecture-performances all introduce ostensibly ‘alien’ and ‘irrelevant’ elements into the pedagogical situation. By including the often suppressed elements of doubt, dialogue, sound, movement, alternative research narratives and knowledge-bearing bodies, the performing scholars develop novel dramaturgies of knowledge. Their alternative academic practices respond to Wendy Brown’s call to recover “what is ineffably moving, sublime, or meaningful in the humanities” by pointing towards the immense variety of forms that academic production can take as it renegotiates its generic assumptions.