The DE in Studies in Performance and Practice offers PhD
students who want to focus on process, methods for
approaching practice, or procedures for analyzing it from
experiment, ways of thinking about and articulating
performance as embodied knowledge.
Join Kevin O’Connor as he performs in Dismantling: Tactic
Dismantling: Tactic 2, a multimedia performance work where raw
exposure to the current racial environment begs a transformative
process of re-orientation. Dismantling: Tactic 2 is a full
evening performance in a gallery setting.
Practice is a site where inquiry and technique, ontics and
epistemics, experimentation and formalization, and creativity and
repetition converge. This invites the critical cultivation of
skills that can disturb, stir up, and set into motion the
sedimented relations that make up what and how we know and do.
How might practices be unsettled? What makes a practice
Some topics include Afro-Pessimism, Black Optimism /
Operations, Critical Whiteness Studies, Critical Indigeneity,
Queer of Color Critique, Women of Color Feminism, Dance Studies,
Post-Colonial Caribbean and / or Post-Colonial Black Atlantic,
and Queer and Crip Studies.
First port of call for all questions about the program is the
Program Administrator, Marian Bilheimer.
If you would like to apply to the program, first read through the
website material, and then turn to the list of affiliated
departments and faculty to identify people with whom you would
like to work. Where there is a specific departmental affiliation
there will also be a graduate adviser to whom you can address
questions about the program. Where there is no departmental
affiliation, contact individual faculty directly.