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Performance Cultures as Epistemic Cultures, Volume II
Interweaving Epistemologies

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ISBN 9781032445731
April 7, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
296 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume investigates performance cultures as rich and dynamic environments of knowledge practice through which distinctive epistemologies are continuously (re)generated, cultivated, and celebrated. Epistemologies are dynamic formations of rules, tools, and procedures not only for understanding but also for doing knowledges.

This volume deals in particular with epistemological challenges posed by practices and processes of interweaving performance cultures. These challenges arise in artistic and academic contexts because of hierarchies between epistemologies. European colonialism worked determinedly, violently, and often with devastating effects on instituting and sustaining a hegemony of modern Euro-American rules of knowing in many parts of the world. Therefore, Interweaving Epistemologies critically interrogates the (im)possibilities of interweaving epistemologies in artistic and academic contexts today. Writing from diverse geographical locations and knowledge cultures, the book’s contributors—philosophers, political scientists as well as practitioners and scholars of theater, performance, and dance—investigate prevailing forms of epistemic ignorance and violence. They introduce key concepts and theories that enable critique of unequal power relations between epistemologies. Moreover, contributions explore historical cases of interweaving epistemologies and examine innovative present-day methods of working across and through epistemological divides in non-hegemonic, sustainable, creative, and critical ways.

Ideal for practitioners, students and researchers of theater, performance, and dance as well as of philosophy and history (of science), Interweaving Epistemologies emphasizes the urgent need to acknowledge, study and promote epistemological plurality and diversity in practices of performance making as well as in scholarship on theater and performance around the globe today.

Table of Contents


List of Figures

Contributor Bios

Introduction: Performance Cultures as Epistemic Cultures — Developing Inter-Epistemic Approaches and Methodologies

Torsten Jost

            PART I – Concepts, theories and methods

  1. The Cognitive Empire: Epistemic Injustices and Resurgent Decolonization
  2. Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

  3. Principles of Interweaving Epistemologies
  4. Sundar Sarukkai

  5. Reconstituting the Destituted: How Decolonial and De-Western Interweaving Works
  6. Walter D. Mignolo

    PART II – Analyzing inter-epistemic performances

  7. Confronting the Colonial Matrix of Power: Critical Intersections of Interculturality and Decoloniality in Performance Practice
  8. Rustom Bharucha

  9. Staging Border Epistemologies: The Cross-Cultural Cartographies of an Artwork (Berlin, Galway, Seoul)
  10. Andrej Mirčev

  11. Performance as Method: Critical Approaches to Western Episteme
  12. Małgorzata Sugiera

    PART III – Exploring inter-epistemic histories

  13. Complex Smoking: On Brecht, Tobacco and Bourgeois Philosophy
  14. Nicholas Ridout

  15. The Epistemic Politics of Indian Classical Dance
  16. Anurima Banerji

  17. Performance or "Comportamento"? Interweaving the Names and Epistemologies of Performance Art in 1970s Italy
  18. Tancredi Gusman

  19. Epilogue: Decolonial Aesthetics in Theater and Performance — Theatrical Strategies of Delinking

Rustom Bharucha, Walter Mignolo, Torsten Jost and Christel Weiler


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Erika Fischer-Lichte is director of the International Research Center "Interweaving Performance Cultures" at Freie Universität Berlin.

Torsten Jost is a researcher and academic coordinator at the Cluster of Excellence Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective at Freie Universität Berlin.

Milos Kosic studied creative writing at the City College of New York and English Studies at Freie Universität Berlin.

Astrid Schenka is a performing arts scholar, dramaturg, and translator. She currently works as a Research Associate at the International Research Center "Interweaving Performance Cultures" at the Freie Universität Berlin as well as a guest lecturer at the Zurich University of the Arts.