Publics, Performance, and Social Theory
Seminar by Shannon Jackson
Untitled, Temporary Services, Students at Columbia College, Chicago
As a follow up to the open lecture "Performance and the Social", this seminar surveys key thinkers in the field of social theory in relation to key debates in the field of performance studies.
We will examine the assumptions and associations attached to words like community, engagement, antagonism, radicality, sociality, public sphere, and public sector. Rather than assuming that such thinking can be reconciled, we will attempt to develop a vocabulary for naming the competing goals attached to socially-engaged art projects and for refining our understanding of their reach and potential.
Registration requiered. Applications consisting of a bio (max. 300 words) and a brief explanation willingness to participate in the seminar (max. 500 words) should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with "Points of Convergence" in the subject line. Deadline: March 19, 2014.
Professor of theatre, dance and performance art at the University of California in Berkeley and head of the Arts Research Center there.
In her research quest, Jackson is mainly occupied with the links between performance and the public sphere. Her recent publications include: “Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics” (Routledge 2011), “Lines of Activity: Performance, Historiography, and Hull-House Domesticity” (2000) and “Professing Performance: Theatre in the Academy from Philology to Performativity” (2004).