PSi Performance & Philosophy Working Group

Welcome to the wiki for the PSi Performance & Philosophy Working Group (PPWG).

Founded in 2008, this working group was proposed to encourage debate and collaboration between members of Performance Studies international (PSi) who have in common their engagement in Philosophy as it intersects with Performance Studies. The group has now expanded to over 200 members from across the disciplines, including scholars based in Philosophy with an interest in theatre and performance practitioners with an interest in philosophy. With the advent of Performance Philosophy, this working group seeks to carve out its own vocabulary and specificity of practice within Performance Studies international.

This wiki is intended to operate as a source of information for PPWG members and space for discussion and exchange between the annual PSi conferences. All members are invited to contribute to the forum and also to create their own content for the site.

If you would like to join the working group, please contact the chair, Will Daddario: moc.liamg|oiraddad.w#moc.liamg|oiraddad.w

The group is open to all.

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Ioana Jucan recently updated us about some Performance and Philosophy events at PSi20 in Shangai. Here's an excerpt:

The keynote address of South Korean philosopher Doh-ol Kim Young-Oak focused on an “Interpretation of Body (mom) in Chinese Cosmology and Its Relation to Art.” Delivered in an engaging manner with the aid of a blackboard on which Doh-ol Kim Young-Oak energetically illustrated philosophical concepts throughout his presentation, the lecture provided a thought-provoking introduction to a Chinese cosmology rooted in Taoism and Confucianism and influenced by Buddhism. Towards the end of his lecture, Doh-ol Kim Young-Oak turned his attention to China today, China the world power, remarking provocatively:

China is no longer just a country. It is a new paradigm of civilization responsible for the future of mankind. If China were to become another empire and pursue the Way of Hegemon as the US did, mankind would face a long and disastrous 21st century. Don't worry about the "rise" of China. Worry about the kind of moral example China can provide to the rest of the world. At the height of the Warring States periods anticipating the emergence of a united kingdom, Mencius had the audacity to define human nature in terms of absolute and self-evident moral imperatives, namely human-heartedness, righteousness, propriety, and wisdom. He fought the cynical utilitarianism of the day and dreamt of the moralistic unfolding of human history. China must learn from him and strive to bring about the moral renewal of mankind - not by preaching to them, but by setting the right example. (quoted from the lecture hand-out, p.9; PSi20, July 2014)

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