Forthcoming issues

Volume 25 Issue 4

On Hybridity

Issue editors: Frank Camilleri & Maria Kapsali
Publication date: 15 December 2020

This issue considers hybridity in relation to performance, in particular the making, reception and study of performance as practices that emerge from heterogeneous sources, as well as the performative operation of hybridity in historical, cultural and political contexts. The term has a rich narrative, from roots in agriculture to applications in animal husbandry and metallurgy. It took on racialized overtones when it overlapped with the history of imperialism and slavery. In the twentieth century, hybridity became associated with subjectivity and identity, eventually leading to notions of cultural hybridity. Currently, hybridity has taken yet another inflection in light of technology, where to be human entails an ever-complex entanglement with non-human materiality. This issue is based on the belief that a reconsideration of hybridity is timely because of its application across so many diverse fields and that performance, in reflecting and influencing human activity, is strategically placed to conduct such a reappraisal. Accordingly, it explores the intersections between hybridity and performance as the coming together of performer and environment, materials and practitioners, performance and reception, event and analysis. 

Illustration of Performance Research Volume 25, issue 4 - On Hybridity

Volume 25 Issue 5

On Diffraction

Issue editors: Annouchka Bayley
Publication date: 31 December 2020

‘On Diffraction’ is an invitation to explore the nuanced performativities of the quantum world in and for performance studies. This issue responds to Haraway and Barad’s call for creating urgent, new ways of thinking about the performance and performativity of phenomena that we often take for granted—the world of atoms and photons, waves and wavelengths, microbes and microscopes—that extend beyond human-centred ways of performing the world, in all its vibrancy. We will foreground the spooky, dynamic and subtle ways that diffraction impacts on our understanding of how matter comes to matter—on how all things emerge out of tiny indeterminacies that shape us and the world we live in. At the heart of this issue lies the redefining of political response-ability: how we might go about creating new, critical and performance-based investigations into what it is to perform and be performed within an entanglement of non/human agencies.

Illustration of Performance Research Volume 25, issue 5 - On Diffraction

Volume 25 Issue 6

Practices of Interweaving

Issue editors: Richard Gough, Christel Weiler, Stefan Donath
Publication date: 15 January 2021

This double issue of Performance Research is the result of a two-year collaboration with the International Research Center ‘Interweaving Performance Cultures’ at the Freie Universität, Berlin. The Center was founded in 2008 with the aim of opening up a completely new field of research: processes of interweaving performance cultures. For ten years, scholars from around the world were invited to be Fellows, conducting their own research in relation to the Center’s theme. While the word ‘interweaving’ points to a variety of practices - activities of merging heterogeneous materials, encounters between living beings and objects, processes of interaction and negotiation and the fraught undertaking of engaging with one other, entailing the risk of resistance - it also points to togetherness, tension, retreat and potential transformation.

Since its concluding conference in July 2018, the Center has focused on producing a multi-volume series of scholarly publications on specific aspects of the interweaving of performance cultures. However, from the inception of the project, artists were also invited to take up residency at the Center, to give guest presentations, to explore radical reinterpretations of interweaving and to pursue their artistic practice within the theme. This issue will weave and curate material from many of these visiting artists, exploring different formats for the presentation of their practice – interviews, conversations, manifestos, photo-essays, artist-pages and texts.

Illustration of Performance Research Volume 25, issue 6 - Practices of Interweaving