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PSi # 15 MISPERFORMANCE: Misfiring, Misfitting, Misreading

PSIThe fifteenth annual Performance Studies international conference is being hosted by the Centre for Drama Art in collaboration with several other research and cultural institutions (the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Academy of Drama Arts, Teatar &TD and the Zagreb University Student Centre, the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research), and will be taking place in Zagreb, Croatia, June 24-28 2009.

PSi # 15 is organized under the auspices of Performance Studies international, an international professional association founded in 1997 to promote communication and exchange between scholars and practitioners working in the field of performance. Read more about PSi at

The theme of PSi # 15 is MISPERFORMANCE: Misfiring, Misfitting, Misreading. In determining the conference theme, the intention was to return to performance as the basic concept of our field. While wanting to examine performance as a phenomenon, as experience and a function, a process, a complex and a concept, the intention is to approach it from the perspective of failure, dysfunctionality, futility, and inoperativeness. Misfiring, misfitting, misreading: it is all about the prefix. Misnaming, mistaking, misrecognition – the prefix mis- is always amiss: moreover, it is determined by what follows. There is no misnaming without naming, no misrecognition without proper recognition.

Thus, the aim of the fifteenth PSi conference is to study a broad spectrum of cultural, organizational, technological and political performances by focusing on the causes and the problems of performance mistakes, misreadings, „(in)felicities“, misunderstandings and misfittings – i. e., those outcomes of performance that are susceptible to provoking disturbances – even deep alterations – within diverse spheres of life: from the private to the social and political, ranging from slips of tongue, via artistic avant-garde and aborted revolutions, to environmental disasters; from ideological distortions and abuses of power to new perspectives and resistance to authorities of any kind.

The Organizing Committee of PSi # 15 has decided to propose a new conference format, combining both the traditional and various non-conventional, open and flexible models of presenting, discussing and performing. While in the morning and the early afternoon conference participants present their papers in panel discussions, in the evening and late night slots they will be invited to participate in a program of shifts. Shifts are designed to accomplish a higher level of interaction between the participants in the conference, and, more specifically, between artistic and theoretical work.

The call for paper, panel and shift proposals has now been released!

- deadline for sending in paper, panel and shift proposals: November 1st, 2008
- all proposals will be evaluated by: December 31st, 2008

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