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Performing Interdisciplinarity
Working Across Disciplinary Boundaries Through an Active Aesthetic

Edited By

Experience Bryon

ISBN 9781138678859
Published December 13, 2017 by Routledge
268 Pages

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Book Description

Performing Interdisciplinarity proposes new ways of engaging with performance as it crosses, collides with, integrates and/or disturbs other disciplinary concerns. From Activism and Political Philosophy to Cognitive Science and Forensics, each chapter explores the relationships between performance and another discipline.

Including cross-chapter discussions which address the intersections between fields, Performing Interdisciplinarity truly examines the making of meaning across disciplinary conventions. This is a volume for performance practitioners and scholars who are living, learning, writing, teaching, making and thinking at the edges of their specialisms.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Foreword - Claire Colebrook



Experience Bryon


Part I

active aesthetic: Knowledge Performing

Experience Bryon


Part II

virtual: Performance and Digital

Joanne Scott

Cross-Chapter Discussion: virtual & mediation

mediation: Performance and Installation Art

Luis Campos

Cross-Chapter Discussion: mediation & utopia

utopia: Performance and Social Geography: shattering the real with utopian dreams

Selina Busby

Cross-Chapter Discussion: utopia & role

role: Performance and Pedagogy

Jessica Hartley

Cross-Chapter Discussion: role & embodiment

embodiment: Performance and Cognitive Science

Deirdre Mclaughlin

Cross-Chapter Discussion: embodiment & story

story: Performance and Psychology

Antonia Batzoglou

Cross-Chapter Discussion: story & virtual

visibility: Performance and Activism

Nando Messias

Cross-Chapter Discussion: visibility & ‘the subject’

‘the subject’: Performance and Political Philosophy

Rachel Cockburn

Cross-Chapter Discussion: ‘the subject’ & voice

voice: Performance and Forensics

Konstantinos Thomaidis

Cross-Chapter Discussion: voice & visibility



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Experience Bryon, PhD, is a performance practitioner and Senior Lecturer at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She specialises in Practice as Research, interdisciplinary performance practice(s), physical/vocal praxis, and performance as it engages across disciplines. She is also author of Integrative Performance: Practice and Theory for the Interdisciplinary Performer (Routledge 2014).


'This work offers a radical intervention in the ways we evaluate, measure and capture knowledge as it crosses disciplinary boundaries; a thought-provoking and engaging text.'
J. Mark Bishop, Director of The Centre for Intelligent Data Analytics, Goldsmiths, University of London

'This collection brings interdisciplinarity to performance studies with exciting results. In an intriguing series of essays on voice, space, story-making, digital media and other subjects, the contributors skilfully combine theory with urgently personal writing and embodied practice.'
Joe Moran, Liverpool John Moores University

'Bryon proposes that performance practice is both a self-reflexive mode of knowledge, and one in which meaning arises in the interplay of subjects, activity and environment. This idea resonates strongly with cognitive neuroscience’s concept of enactivism, and is illustrated by contributions from a wide array of disciplines. These support Bryon’s contention that the scholarship of performance studies imposes irrelevant criteria on "performance" to make it a static object of study, while neglecting its embodied meaning in process.'
Rick Kemp, Head of Acting and Directing, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and author of Embodied Acting: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Performance