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Performance Studies Graduate Student Conference: “In Bodies We Trust: Performance, Affect, and Political Economy”
October 11-13, 2013
Alvina Krause Studio, Peggy Dow Auditorium, Harris Hall
What is the relationship between affect and political economies? What role might performance play in negotiating conditions of bodies, affects, political economies, and spaces? In Bodies We Trust: Performance, Affect, & Political Economy—the 2013 Department of Performance Studies Graduate Student Conference—invites graduate students, artists, and activists to generate new understandings among affect, political economy, and performance.

‘Affect’ and ‘political economy’ have each become integral in elucidating performance. Affect—embodied feelings that circulate—has been used to make sense of minoritarian feelings of otherness such as José Esteban Muñoz’s ‘feeling brown’ or Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s ‘queer performativity,’ and embodied responses to postmodern capitalism such as Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt’s ‘affective labor.’ Political economy—the influence of “political … and economic systems” on “institutions, culture, and human behavior”*—animates how performance operates in frameworks of policy, economies, and political institutions. We invite papers and performances that illuminate, complicate, and challenge relationships across embodied feelings, political and economic systems, and performance.

Each panel and each performance will be paired with a Northwestern University or Chicago-area faculty member who will act as a discussant. Confirmed faculty discussants include Joshua Chambers-Letson, Nick Davis, Tracy Davis, Hannah Feldman, Marcela Fuentes, Barnor Hesse, Richard Iton, Chloe Johnston, D. Soyini Madison, Susan Manning, Kaley Mason, Coya Paz, Janice Radway, Ramón H. Rivera-Servera, C. Riley Snorton, Elizabeth Son, and Harvey Young. The three-day conference also includes a keynote address by Judith Hamera, a collaborative plenary with Northwestern and Chicago-area faculty, movement workshops, and catered receptions to build community with attendees across disciplines and artistic interests.

Professional Development Workshop: Fellowships and Grants
Wednesday, October 16, Noon
Alvina Krause Studio

Theatre in the Dark
Friday, October 18th, 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 19th, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Alvina Krause Studio
Theater in the Dark is an intimate experience harkening back to the old radio dramas of the early 20th century. Using Ernest Hemmingway's hair-rasing story The Short Happy Life of Francis Maycomber, the show will rely upon the audience to conjure up the visuals of the play guided by four voice actors while immersed in the utter dark.  Directed by Ben Kemper and Andre Squerra.  Free admission.

Fiber of Time
Friday, November 15th, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 16th, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Alvina Krause Studio
Using classical and contemporary theories of memory as inspiration, Fiber of Time enacts and critiques these theories while exploring the potentially analogous relationship between memory and fiber. Performers use expressive movement and collaboratively composed text to investigate the intersections of personal memory, cultural memory, and the human body. Directed by Jade C. Huell. Free admission.

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Professional Development Workshop: Mock Interviews
Friday, January 17th, 3-6 p.m.
Alvina Krause Studio

Holding Up A Mirror: Performance and Community in the 21st Century”—A Conversation with Ping Chong [pdf]
Thursday, January 30th, 5:30 p.m.
Annie Mae Swift Auditorium

With Michael Rohd
Moderated by Joshua Chambers-Letson

Essentially Yours: Uncanny Approximations to Vocalizing Sound
Friday, February 21st, 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 22nd, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Alvina Krause Studio
Created and performed by Elias Krell.  Free admission.

Queer Nightlife Symposium
Thursday, March 6th
Location TBA

Glee and Other Works by Alan Shefsky
Friday, March 7th, 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 8th, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Alvina Krause Studio
Directed by Kantara Souffrant. Free admission.
Glee and Other Works by Alan Shefsky” is a tribute performance to poet and former Performance Studies Departmental Assistant Alan Shefsky. A prolific poet, I was first introduced to Alan’s work at the start of my first quarter at Northwestern in 2010. Though I would not consider myself a poet or an avid reader of poetry, Alan’s poetry felt accessible to be me because of its subtlety, gentleness, and the way that it provoked my visualization of the text. Over time, I have come to believe that Alan’s poetry captures much of the sensitivity, vulnerability, and, at times, offbeat and cynical sense of humor that make him such a charming and engaging person to know. For the past two years, Alan’s battle with cancer has left an indelible mark on his writing. To be quite selfish and self-centered Alan’s battle has also left an indelible mark on all the people who have worked with him, call him a friend, a confidant, or a familiar face in the building. This evening of poetry performance is meant to honor Alan’s mark as a poet as well as a friend. While I will be operating under the title of “Director” I understand this performance as more of a curatorial experiment; an evening devoted to grad students, faculty, and staff, interested in embodying Alan’s works and words. I see this as a small gesture of gratitude and honor for both the legacy of elocutionary performance that has shaped Performance Studies at Northwestern as well as the art of our own Mr. Shefsky.

Performance Studies MA Recitals
March 14th, 7 p.m.
Wallis Theatre, Theatre and Interpretation Center
Performances by Benton (Arif) Smith and Misty De Berry (PhD recital)

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Professional Development Workshop: Article Publication
Wednesday, April 16th, Noon
Alvina Krause Studio

Dwight Conquergood Symposium [pdf]
Friday, May 16th & Saturday, May 17th
Alvina Krause Studio and John Evans Alumni Center

Performance Studies PhD Recitals
Friday, June 6th, 7:30 p.m.
Wallis Theatre, Theatre and Interpretation Center
Performances by Eddie Gamboa, Jonathan Magat, Shoniqua Roach, and Ashlie Sandoval.  Free admission.

Song of Myself
Friday, June 6th, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 7th, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Devised and Adapted by Hannah Fisher. Free admission.