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Objects of Study: Methods and Materiality in Theatre and Performance Studies
May 10, 2018
The Graduate Center, CUNY

The multiple potential meanings of “object” within theatre and performance studies point to questions about the relationship between knowledge and materiality. With this conference, we issue a challenge to the common understanding of scholarly work as focused on an “object of study.” We seek to destabilize the terms “object” and “study” to explore how the ways in which we conceive of objects and materiality might influence the framework of our discipline. Are we, as scholars, engaging in acts of objectification? How do the objects also act upon us?

We invite all to share the proceedings of the day-long working sessions with emerging scholars from across the US and overseas. Stemming from (but not limited to) theatre and performance studies, our conference issues a challenge to the common understanding of scholarly work as focused on an “object of study.” In light of the recent reconceptualization of objects and materiality, we ask what are the emerging meanings of “performance,” as well as those of “study.”

This day-long conference will culminate in two public events at Martin E. Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY. First, we will have a conversation with eminent theatre and performance scholars Katherine Behar (Baruch, CUNY), Maaike Bleeker (Utrecht), Rebecca Schneider (Brown), and Soyoung Yoon (New School) on the concepts and questions emerging from the conference working sessions, followed by a performance created for the occasion by the award-winning choreographer Larissa Velez-Jackson and her company.

The schedule and RSVP link is at cuny.is/objects.