This multimedia digital book asks thirty leading scholars from seven different countries throughout the Americas the same question: What is performance studies? Available online
, this project features video interviews accompanied by short essays. The interviews are transcribed, translated, and subtitled into English, Spanish, and Portuguese, offering a truly trilingual perspective on performance studies that engages with it from a variety of national, linguistic, and disciplinary locations. Diana Taylor and Marcos Steuernagel's written introduction provides a history and overview of the project, while four brief essays by Steuernagel, Taylor, Marcela A. Fuentes, and Tavia Nyong'o offer critical entry points to the interviews from different yet complementary perspectives. What Is Performance Studies?
expands the genealogy of the field while opening new paths for thinking through, in, and with performance studies in the Americas.
Contributors: Patrick Anderson, Daphne A. Brooks, Barbara Browning, Sue-Ellen Case, Catherine M. Cole, Anabelle Contreras Castro, Tracy C. Davis, Diamela Eltit, Soledad Falabella Luco, Holly Hughes, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Jill Lane, André Lepecki, Laura Levin, Zeca Ligiéro, Beth Lopes, Jesús Martín Barbero, Leda Martins, José Esteban Muñoz, Tavia Nyong’o, Ann Pellegrini, Antonio Prieto Stambaugh, Rossana Reguillo Cruz, Joseph Roach, Richard Schechner, Rebecca Schneider, Javier Serna, Marcos Steuernagel, Diana Taylor, Kay Turner, W. B. Worthen.
Published in collaboration with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University