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Transdisciplinary Explorations into Performativity

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University of Central Lancashire

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A 4-day International Symposium of lectures, practice-led workshops and performances.



Guest key-note speakers & practitioners include: international directors Enrique Pardo, Linda Wise, Professor Lubaina Himid OBE, Dr. Julie Bokowiec (University of Huddersfield), Dr. Jane Turner (Manchester Metropolitan University), Dr Patrick Campbell (Manchester Metropolitan University), Tim Lamford (UCLan), Giorgio De Carolis (UCLan).


This international conference will provide a context from which to explore and further develop transdisciplinary approaches to ‘performativity’. Here the term ‘performativity’ is used and applied in providing a wider lens within this international conference in facilitating meaningful transdisciplinary dialogues not only between all practice-led disciplines within the areas of Performing Arts and Fine Arts. But also, as a way of facilitating a wider collaborative dialogue between relevant interdisciplinary areas of theory: philosophy, depth psychology, and cultural studies. In a global cultural climate, that increasingly requires artists able to respond to this ever- emerging global culture. The conference aims to further develop transdisciplinary critical frameworks that inform and better ground with complexity, both theoretical and practical understandings towards transdisciplinary practice.


Exploring transdisciplinary approaches to ‘performativity’, this international conference offers a rare opportunity in the UK to engage with the pioneering praxis of Paris-based Pantheatre and its director, published author Enrique Pardo. Pardo’s praxis offers a new vision towards performance and ‘performativity’. Influenced by both the Post-Jungian depth psychologist James Hillman’s translation of Jung’s original psychological theories and the philosophies of Existentialism and Phenomenology. This praxis exposes a shift, a move away from humanistic psychological approaches to artistic practice. These meta-philosophical principles (more existential & phenomenological underpinnings) focus the practice much more on the study of the complex relations of the performers’ intersubjective and sensate experience. Reflected in his contemporary philosophy towards performativity and practice, Pardo states: “I am once again emphasizing the external factors, the understanding, as opposed to self-instrumental practices, necessary as they are in training, because of the danger that self-instrumental practices become self-centered and self-expressive philosophies, and do not tune us as responders to the world.” (Pardo, 2005:3) Traditionally, modern western approaches to theatre and art are grounded in humanistic philosophical paradigms that emphasize, and are focused on the individual ‘self’. Similarly, in practice from this modern perspective Pardo concludes: “The problem with this humanistic model is what is performed is not so much meaning but meaningfulness or display of personal sensitivity. It is the performers’ subjectivity that we are actually being called to contemplate in the performance, not the ideas or objective image.”(Ibid) Thus this transdisciplinary conference offers the opportunity to explore both through practice and theory: the possibilities that these performative paradigm shifts offer towards new transdisciplinary perspectives.

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