Call for proposals: Documents - an online publishing initiative from the PSi Performance and Philosophy working group (due date Jun 1)
Call for proposals
an online publishing initiative
from the PSi Performance and Philosophy working group
extended deadline for contributions July 1 2009
This new online publication project partly takes its inspiration from the journal of the same name edited by Georges Bataille from 1929-30. The short-lived journal was notable for its inclusive interest in both high art and popular culture, its interdisciplinary base and unexpected juxtapositions of image and text. The journal also contained entries for a ‘Critical Dictionary’ – ranging from A for ABSOLUTE to K for KEATON (Buster) and S for SLAUGHTERHOUSE.
This Documents, however, is proposed as an online publishing project to be initially housed on issuu.com. The idea is that every three months, Documents will publish two kinds of material:
1) a group of texts pertaining to the relation between philosophy and performance and that document a recent event: such as a performance (in the ‘broad-spectrum’ sense), post-show discussion, conference or seminar;
2) a group of critical dictionary entries creatively (re)defining ‘key words’ for philosophy and performance.
Contributions do not need to be as formal or polished as an academic journal article; rather, Documents provides a platform to exchange nascent ideas and emerging perceptions concerning international discourses and practice around performance and philosophy; Documents is a site for playful thought-experiments, performative polemics, poetic musings…
Contributions are not restricted to any specific format, style or word-limit and can include images as well as text. However, contributors are invited to approach Documents as a site-specific project, bearing in mind the potential and limits of the online context and the “publishing” format of a PDF.
Likewise, the project begins from the premise that a document is a creation rather than a representation made in connection with an event. While contributors may wish to include transcripts or quotations, they are also invited to use the report as an opportunity to make something new or otherwise deviate from the ‘original’ event. In this way, whilst aiming to stimulate dialogue, the Documents initiative also invites contributors to re-consider the role of documentation in our field: what happens when the performance is over, how do we record its impact, when do our most important discussions occur, how does performance make us think, how can we document the kind of thinking that performance creates?
Issue 1 of Documents will be edited by 3 volunteer editors:
Laura Cull (Northumbria University, UK)
Kélina Gotman (Kings College London, UK)
Jon Sherman (Northwestern University, USA)
However, please note that the editors will be taking a ‘light touch’ approach – proof reading contributions and taking responsibility for their online publication rather than making decisions about what to include/exclude in any given issue. If you would like to be on an editorial team for the next issue, please email me at
If you would like to contribute - either in the form of a document or a critical dictionary entry or both - please submit your contribution via email, by July 1 2009 to:
Our aim is to publish the 1st issue on Issuu.com by September 1 2009.