International conference organized by Flore Garcin-Marrou, Anna Street, Julien Alliot, Liza Kharoubi.

June 26 – 28, 2014 at the University of Paris-Sorbonne

In recognition of the growing new field of Performance Philosophy, this conference proposes an exploration into the crossings and transfers of Anglo-American contemporary thought in regards to theater, performance and philosophy. With over 100 scholars and performers from 23 different countries on the program, the conference aims to promote cross-cultural interaction with a rich diversity of perspectives. The keynote lecturers are Judith Butler, Alphonso Lingis, Catherine Malabou, Jon McKenzie, Martin Puchner and Avital Ronell.

During these three days, parallel sessions and practical workshops will be interspersed with performances and plenaries followed by evening activities such as a film screening, the conference banquet and a cocktail reception. The conference will be held at the historical Sorbonne University in the heart of Paris.

We are pleased to announce that registration is now available! Click on the registration tab to the right to guarantee your place. Registration is completely FREE OF CHARGE for non-presenters but is required for security reasons in order to be granted access to the Sorbonne. Meals are not provided, but you may choose to attend the 3-course Conference Dinner to be held in a traditional French restaurant on Friday evening (cost: 50€ – warning: limited availability). By clicking on the different links to the right, you will find information on transportation and lodging, as well as an updated list of participants and activities.

The conference will be held in English and in French. We look forward to seeing you there!

Place de la Sorbonne

In this age of global circulation, the borders that determine and isolate particular domains are becoming ever more fluid, be they physical, cultural or conceptual. This is no less true in academia, notably as regards the relation between philosophy and the performing arts. The distinctions between these two disciplines are being challenged and reevaluated, attributing philosophical qualities to the act of performance while exploring the implications of philosophy in action, philosophy enacted.

Following the success of the international conference “Images and Functions of the Theater in Contemporary French Philosophy” (ENS Ulm, org. CIEPFC, Dimitra Panopoulos, Flore Garcin-Marrou, 10-11/2012), this next conference continues the investigation into the problematic relation between theater and philosophy, this time from an Anglo-American point of view. New crossings and transfers between ideas and the stage, the abstract and the concrete imply a fundamental shift in perspective that unites philosophy and performance. A brand new field is developing, called Performance Philosophy in English and Philo-Performance in French, which studies and encourages the dramatic embodiment of ideas.

→ Read the call for papers

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2014.
Participants of the selected contributions will be notified by February 16, 2014.

→ Read the programme

The conference is organized by the Labo LAPS, an independent research group whose diverse activities (seminars, residences, practical workshops) focus on the relation between theater and philosophy. The conference is sponsored by the Mairie de Paris, the FIR of the Sorbonne University, the laboratories VALE and PRITEPS (Paris-Sorbonne), the EMOI branch of CERILAC (Paris-Diderot), ICTT (Avignon, Pays de Vaucluse), HARp (Paris-Ouest), CIEPFC (ENS Ulm), the Institut des Amériques and Air France, in partnership with the international research network Performance Philosophy. 

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