Curating Performance: A Map Drawn to the Scale of the Territory Itself

THIS SYMPOSIUM HAS BEEN POSTPONED. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES!   the 5th Annual Performance Studies Curatorial Symposium with Nana Adusei Poku, Hendrik Folkerts, Noémie Solomon, Diya Vij, & others to be announced. For more and updated information about this event, please visit here. It is well known that performances are situated temporally and performance […]

Talking with Pêdra Costa

Pêdra Costa (1978) is a Brazilian-German Performance Artist and Visual & Urban Anthropologist based in Berlin and working with queer artists internationally. Through the complexity and fragmented epistemologies from queer communities, their work has built bridges between Performance Art, music, visual art and text, having the body as the main medium. Embodying knowledge almost destroyed […]

Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance

a book presentation & talk with Sandra Ruiz Moving between theatre, experimental video, revolutionary protest, photography, poetry, and durational performance art, Ruiz merges the philosophical, social, and psychic at the site of non-linear aesthetic practices. In doing so, the author argues that Ricanness operates as a continual performance of bodily endurance against U.S. colonialism, unfolding […]

Not Yet Here: Cruising Utopia @ 10

Not Yet Here: Cruising Utopia @ 10 a celebration of the work of José Esteban Muñoz with roundtable featuring Lauren Berlant, Jack Halberstam, Tavia Nyong’o, & Juana María Rodríguez, followed by an evening of performances by Kevin Aviance & Lady Quesa’Dilla SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT THIS EVENT Due to an overwhelming amount of interest for this […]


a Decolonizing Vision Series talk with Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson October 29, Monday, 6:30 to 8 pm CSGS, 285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson, Performance Studies, Northwestern University Presenting material from the new book After the Party: A Manifesto of Queer of Color Life, Chambers-Letson presents a eulogy and a manifesto that stakes out […]

Feb 28 :: THE EXTRACTIVE ZONE: Cecilia Vicuña’s Social Ecologies

The Extractive Zone: Cecilia Vicuña’s Social Ecologies a Decolonizing Vision Speaker Series lecture by Macarena Gómez-Barris February 28, Wednesday 6 to 8 pm ** PLEASE NOTE DATE & LOCATION CHANGE ** EVENT WILL BE LIVESTREAMED HERE. Macarena Gómez-Barris, Social Science & Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute Extending arguments in her recently published book The Extractive Zone: […]


Experiments in Sex a panel discussion with Barbara Browning, Pablo Assumpção B Costa, & André Lepecki February 15, Wednesday 7 to 8:30 pm Barbara Browning, Performance Studies, New York University Pablo Assumpção B Costa, Global Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, New York University André Lepecki, Performance Studies, New York University This panel […]

April 7: 'An Eight Day Passage': Performance Art, Endurance, & Men

‘An Eight Day Passage’: Performance Art, Endurance, & Men a lecture by Dominic Johnson April 7, Thursday 6:30 to 8 pm Dominic Johnson, English & Drama, Queen Mary University of London, and CSGS Visiting Scholar, New York University ‘On the morning of the 25th October 1977 I shall be incarcerated within the confines of a concrete cell and the […]

April 7: The Story of the Lost Watch: The Calypso Craze and the Ontology of Black Fad Performance

The Story of the Lost Watch: The Calypso Craze and the Ontology of Black Fad Performance a lecture by Shane Vogel April 7, Tuesday 6:30 to 8 pm Shane Vogel, English, Indiana University What does it mean to be a fad? This presentation outlines a historically specific ontology of black fad performance that unfolds within […]

Oct 30 & 31: The Telephone Book @ 25 symposium

click image for larger version The Telephone Book @ 25 a two-day symposium with Emanuela Bianchi, Patricia Clough, Hent de Vries, Ben Kafka, Kyoo Lee, Thomas Y. Levin, Lydia Liu, Mariano López Seoane, Elissa Marder, Fred Moten, Ann Pellegrini, Antje Pfannkuchen, Ethan Philbrick, Willis G. Regier, Nimrod Reitman, Avital Ronell, Chadwick Smith, Elizabeth Weed, Shari Wolk, & […]