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[UPDATE] Performance and Cultural Studies
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Lateral: The Journal of the Cultural Studies Association
The Performance Working Group of the Cultural Studies Association calls for proposals for politically engaged articles and innovative digital publishing projects at the intersections of cultural studies and performance for a special issue (Thread) in the upcoming issue of Lateral: The Journal of the Cultural Studies Association.
The first syllable of Performance, per-, denotes “by means of or by agency of” (to send it per the mail), “by each or for every” (20 cents per liter), and “according to” (as per the instructions). With these definitions informing cultural studies’ concerns with capitalism, white supremacy, and patriarchy, the editors seek work that explores the actions, processes, systems, limitations, and interventions of performance. Deemphasizing the product or the ends, this thread considers culture relationally and in circulation--materially, historically, affectively, and performatively.
How do interactions and negotiations shape performance? How does performance influence its own transmission? When are the exchange relations perceivable or tangible? By whom and for whom are performances created? What marks performance in its dissemination? How is performance itself a “means”?
The editors seek contributions that address these questions through theoretical, historical, and performative examples of:
The editors are especially interested in contributions that engage or have the potential to engage the sensory and interactive aspects of the open-access, web-based publication platform, and that bridge the disciplines of performance studies and cultural studies.
If you are interested in contributing, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words by August 15th, 2014 describing your proposed contribution and how it might utilize an interactive digital platform such as Lateral. Please also include a CV, bio, or link to a personal website. Completed contributions will be due in the fall.
About the Performance Working Group: