What is Performance Studies?


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José Muñoz (New York University)

This teach-in will introduce the field of performance studies. We will discuss major topics in the field. Our discussion will explicate and compare different critical approaches to the study of performance that will include but not be limited to performance ethnography, the performativity of language, liveness, political performance, the intersection of performance and technology, performance documentation, technology and the performativity of gender and race. The topics will be woven into a larger narrative that aims to familiarize participants with the history of the field. Theoretical paradigms will be illustrated by selections of pivotal moments in the history of performance art.


José Muñoz chairs the Department of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He is the author of Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (1999), and the forthcoming volumes Cruising Utopia and Feeling Brown. He has co-edited Pop Out: Queer Warhol(1996), Everynight Life: Culture and Music in Latin/o America (1997), and special issues of the journals Social Text (2005) and Women and Performance (1996).

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