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Inter Views in Performance Philosophy

Crossings and Conversations

  • Anna Street
  • Julien Alliot
  • Magnolia Pauker

Part of the Performance Philosophy book series (PPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Deterritorializing Philosophy: Cross-Continental Transfers and Transformations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Anna Street, Magnolia Pauker, Julien Alliot
      Pages 3-22
  3. Between Writing and Performance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Martin Puchner
      Pages 39-49
    3. Martin Puchner, Anna Street
      Pages 69-76
  4. Between Discipline and Performance

  5. Between Plasticity and Performance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. John Ó Maoilearca
      Pages 139-143
    3. Catherine Malabou, Julien Alliot, Anna Street
      Pages 161-168
  6. Between Politics and Performance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169

About this book


"In an emergent field on the brink of its own institutionalization, the book comes as a refreshing reminder of what kind of changes a performance-oriented thinking could bring about." - Emmanuel Alloa, Assistant Professor for Cultural Theory and Philosophy, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

This book offers a glimpse of new perspectives on how philosophy performs in the gaps between thinking and acting. Bringing together perspectives from world-renowned contemporary philosophers and theorists – including Judith Butler, Alphonso Lingis, Catherine Malabou, Jon McKenzie, Martin Puchner, and Avital Ronell – this book engages with the emerging field of Performance Philosophy, exploring the fruitful encounters being opened across disciplines by this constantly evolving approach. Intersecting dramatic techniques with theoretical reflections, scholars from diverse geographical and institutional locations come together to trace the transfers between French Theory and contemporary Anglo-American philosophical and performance practices in order to challenge conventional approaches to knowledge. Through the crossings of different voices and views, the reader will be led to explore the in-between territories where performance meets traditionally philosophical tools and mediums, such as writing, discipline, plasticity, politics, or care.


Contemporary Philosophy Continental Philosophy Media Philosophy French Theory theatrical philosophy Judith Butler Avital Ronell

Editors and affiliations

  • Anna Street
    • 1
  • Julien Alliot
    • 2
  • Magnolia Pauker
    • 3
  1. 1.English StudiesUniversity of Paris-SorbonneParisFrance
  2. 2.English StudiesUniversity of Paris-Sorbonne English StudiesParisFrance
  3. 3.Critical and Cultural StudiesEmily Carr University of Art + Design Critical and Cultural StudiesVancouverCanada

About the editors

Julien Alliot is a French scholar specializing in Theatre and Performance Studies, currently affiliated to the University of Paris-Sorbonne, France.

Magnolia Pauker is Lecturer in Critical and Cultural Studies at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, Canada.

Anna Street is a French-American scholar specializing in Comparative Literature and Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, France.

Bibliographic information


“In an emergent field on the brink of its own institutionalization, the book comes as a refreshing reminder of what kind of changes a performance-oriented thinking could bring about.” (Emmanuel Alloa, Assistant Professor for Cultural Theory and Philosophy, University of St. Gallen)

“Towards the end of this insightful, critical and caring collection of writings between and beyond performance and philosophy an echo hangs in the air: And so the questions remain. As well they might given the ground covered by a suite of startling essays that not only tend to this dynamically developing field but, in the original spirit of broadcasting, cast seeds of thought way beyond the ploughed furrow of disciplinary rectitude. If the fine contributors to this invaluable volume could forgive me a category mistake: essential reading.” (Alan Read, Professor of Theatre and Director Performance Foundation, King’s College London)

“Among the many insights contained within this volume, perhaps the most critical is also one of the simplest: that the process of dialogue is integral to the practices of performance and philosophy alike.  The interlocutions collected here, which bring together some of the most important and innovative thinkers of our moment, are necessary reading for anyone interested in the possibilities of the field that has come to be known as Performance Philosophy.  With urgency and vigor, these essays and interviews invite us into a conversation that reaches far beyond the pages of this book.” (David Kornhaber, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Texas at Austin, and author of The Birth of Theater from the Spirit of Philosophy: Nietzsche and the Modern Drama)

“This book is a corner stone in the emergent field of performance philosophy. It testifies the advent of a new image of thought, in which doing philosophy becomes an art of encounter.” (Arno Boehler, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Vienna and University of Applied Arts Vienna)

“By reconnecting performance and philosophy in new and meaningful ways, studies of performance philosophy have been a welcome intervention in theatre and performance studies in recent years, giving much needed attention to performative knowledge as a critical practice. This timely volume considers how philosophy has been reconstituted as a performative field and makes an urgent case for the need to deterritorialize our thinking.” (Peter Eckersall, Professor of Theater, The Graduate Center, City University of New York)