CFP: Performance and Labour Symposium

Call for Papers – Performance and Labour Symposium
3rd November – University College London
Please send your abstract proposals by 23rd of July

This symposium is an interdisciplinary event that will address performance in an expanded sense and as a form of labour. This means considering performance as an activity and a practice that takes place both within and outside the realm of art. The symposium will interrogate the physical and intellectual experiences of viewing and producing performances; these questions will be raised across the fields of art history, philosophy, performance studies, political economy, theatre and dance. Addressed in this expanded way, the aim of the symposium is to investigate the histories of mass performances and social choreographies in political contexts, to situate performance as a form of praxis and to interrogate the language of performance as a managerial strategy within late capitalism.

The conference invites papers on collective performance; reproductive labour and performance; aesthetics; the political economy of performance; histories of performance; divisions of labour and cultures of management within performance.

Please send your abstract proposals to by 23rd of July.

This symposium is organised by Larne Abse Gogarty and Josefine Wikström with support from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University London, and the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art, History of Art Department, University College London.

Larne Abse Gogarty and Josefine Wikstom
For more information and submission details, visit the conference website here.

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  • Joy Davis June 18, 2012 08.58 am

    Are there no requirements for who can submit? I have wanted to write an essay on Performance at in the 21st century.

  • Monica Sklar June 18, 2012 09.11 am

    you’ll need to email the people who are running the conference. we just reposted the info. thank you.


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