Economies and Ethics of Performance:

Performance Studies in and as Communication

An interdisciplinary conference exploring the state of Performance Studies in Communication

22-24 June 2012
Department of Communication
Villanova University
Villanova, PA

Conference Overview

The Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society and the Performance Studies Division of the National Communication Association are pleased to announce: Economies and Ethics of Performance, a conference that will gather performance studies scholar-artists to take stock of who, what and where we are as a discipline, given numerous changes since the landmark publications of The Future of Performance Studies: Visions and Revisions (1998), edited by Sheron Dailey, and The Sage Handbook of Performance Studies (2006), edited by D. Soyini Madison and Judith Hamera. Both of these volumes attempted, at differing periods in the history of performance studies, to collate a representative set of essays that illustrate the scope and practices in performance studies at the time. Five years since the Handbook’s publication, the field faces provocative new challenges.

The conference planners envision this gathering as an opportunity to re-examine definitional foundations of the field, micropractices (production, consumption, and distribution of performance), and directions the field may be taking. The conference will bring artist-scholars together in an intimate and concentrated setting to challenge and inspire our collective creative and intellectual lives.

The conference will begin with co-keynote addresses by Judith Hamera and D. Soyini Madison. Then, with a combination of panels and roundtable discussions, and no concurrent sessions, the weekend will highlight collaborative and generative dialogue among senior and junior scholars, graduate students, and performance studies professionals from outside the academy to build community and continue the work of performance studies as an ethical praxis in the world.

As many individuals as possible have been invited to participate in the conference as presenters, discussants, and respondents. We recognize that there are many important stakeholders in the field of performance besides those whom we have already invited. We have structured the conference around a set of key conversations and have maximized the time for interaction among all participants.  Thus, in addition to invited participants, we strongly encourage attendance and participation from a wide variety of scholars in performance studies.

Finally, due to the generous sponsorship of the Waterhouse Institute, costs to participants will be kept to a minimum; there is no registration fee, most meals will be included, and lodging will be in campus apartments (see travel and lodging information).

Please contact Heidi Rose with any questions,

Planning Committee

  • Bryant Alexander, Ph.D., Department of Communication, California State University, Los Angeles
  • M. Heather Carver, Ph.D., Department of Theatre, University of Missouri
  • Mindy Fenske, Ph.D., Department of English, University of South Carolina
  • Heidi Rose, Ph.D., Department of Communication, Villanova University
  • David Terry, Ph.D., Department of Communication, San Jose State University