Faculty Seminar Series: Performing Humanities Research


The fourth IHR Faculty Seminar Series Lecture of 2014-15 will feature presentations by Tamara Underiner (Associate Professor, School of Film, Dance and Theatre) and Dan Gilfillan (Associate Professor, School of International Letters and Cultures). More details about the lecture will be forthcoming. 

Daniel Gilfillan, "Sites of Performance: Sound, Ephemerality and the Unhousing of Knowledge"

Combining the cultural theoretical work of Michel de Certeau and the performance studies work of Diana Taylor, this paper explores two sound performance pieces by the Austrian-based artist team alien productions. It is through their focus on the creation, transmission, and reception of sound, that alien productions engages a type of palimpsestic rendering of the material layers of live performance into simultaneous on-air broadcasts and online representations—in much the same way as the city as medium, in de Certeau’s engagement, casts urban space as a multilayered and multifunctional network of performance. What is at stake in engaging with two of their performance pieces from 1999 and 2000 is to understand how the intermediality inherent to sound works across the varying layers and sites of performance to simultaneously archive knowledge within the gestural repertoire of the physical body performing, and unhouse it altogether along the multichannel aurality that arises as performance traverses the spatial divide between the materiality of form and the ephemerality of transmission.

Tamara Underiner, "Performance as Research: Means, Methods, Objects and Ends"

Jon McKenzie's 2003 Perform or Else argued for the centrality of performance as a paradigm for understanding the operations of power and knowledge in organizations, technology, and culture. Since then, scholars in a variety of fields have been debating the contours of performance as framework, method, and object of study.  How have the arts and humanities responded, both within and across disciplines?  What types of new knowledge can performance -- especially artistic or cultural performance -- uniquely produce?  What knowledge systems must such performance conform to in order to become legible as such?  This presentation will survey some of the key debates and dilemmas surrounding the emerging field of "performance as research," and will include a discussion of works in progress that foreground performance as a research paradigm in the arts, humanities and social sciences.  

Friday, January 30, 2015
Social Sciences Building, Room 109

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