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Performing Knowledge: A Day of Lecture Performances

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December 10, 2018
Segal Theatre

Joseph Beuys, Untitled (Sun State), 1974.

Monday, December 10

4:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Segal Theatre

Lecture Performances by Meg Araneo, Jon McKenzie & Aneta Stojnić, Polly Thistlethwaite and GC Students

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Like theatres, lecture halls and classrooms rehearse specific conventions to organize performance and spectatorship, teaching and learning. Like other conventions, the dramaturgy of the lecture is a product of overlapping factors and traditions. But in what new ways can knowledge be pursued, conceived and presented? 

Performing Knowledge gathers prominent scholars and graduate students from various programs at the Graduate Center to experiment with new ways of doing learning. Departing from a performative, embodied and experienced-based understanding of knowledge, the lecture-performances all introduce ostensibly ‘alien’ and ‘irrelevant’ elements into the pedagogical situation. By including the often suppressed elements of doubt, dialogue, sound, movement, alternative research narratives and knowledge-bearing bodies, the performing scholars develop novel dramaturgies of knowledge. Their alternative academic practices respond to Wendy Brown’s call to recover “what is ineffably moving, sublime, or meaningful in the humanities” by pointing towards the immense variety of forms that academic production can take as it renegotiates its generic assumptions.



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4:00-4:20 | Carolyn A. McDonough – Embodying Voice

4:30-4:50 | Julián González de León and Davide Giuseppe Colasanto – Visual Presentations of Theories of Knowledge

5:00-5:20 | Polly Thistlethwaite – Recovering Doubt: A Documentary’s Staged Deceptions

5:30-5:50 | Michelle Yom – ‘Excerpts’ from War on Terror

6:00-6:20 | Margaret Araneo-Reddy – Salome Project

6:30-6:50 |Callen Zimmerman – Getting Located

** 7:00-7:40 | Jon McKenzie and Aneta Stojnić – Thought-Action Figures Episode 11: Kosmograms

8:00-8:30 | Q&A with participating performing researchers


*In addition to the performances, Arinn Amer‘s sculpture, The Emplotment Problem (Tarring and Feathering Four Ways), will be installed outside the theatre for the day’s duration.

** Event livestreamed through howlround.

Performing Knowledge is an initiative by Amir Farjoun co-produced with Mara Valderrama, Ph.D. Students at the Theatre and Performance program at the Graduate Center CUNY, in collaboration with the Segal Center. Additional Support by the DSC