Oberlin College and Conservatory

Performance Ethnography: Explorations in Theory and Practice

Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10:00am to 5:00pm

Mudd Center, Seeley G. (Terrell Main Library), Moffett Auditorium, Room 050
148 West College Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Performance Ethnography: Explorations in Theory & Practice

An interdisciplinary field, performance ethnography encompasses both ethnographic engagements with performance communities as well as the critical interpretation of ethnographic research through performance. Lectures and performances will explore methods and practices of performance research in global context with particular attention to the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and class. All events are free and open to the public.

Friday, April 24 

Keynote Lecture
10:30 a.m. to noon, Moffett Auditorium, Mudd Center library, Room 050

The Embodied “I-Thou” of Fieldwork

Deidre Sklar, independent scholar

Gender, Sexuality & Performance Panel
2-4 pm., Moffett Auditorium, Mudd Center library, Room 050

Marlon Bailey, gender studies and American studies, Indiana University

Ramón Rivera-Servera, performance studies, Northwestern University

Gregory Mitchell, women’s, gender and sexuality studies, Williams College

Dance 355 Performance Ethnography Informal Showing
5-6:30 p.m., Warner Main, Warner Center

The Performance Ethnography Symposium is made possible by the generous support of the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Dean of Students, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for the Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures, Leading Edge Fund for the Humanities, Multicultural Resource Center, Donald Downs ’62 and Richard Korb Fund, Department of Dance, Department of Theater, Comparative American Studies Program, Institute for Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, the J. Milton Yinger Sociology Speaker Fund, Department of Africana Studies, Department of Anthropology, and Department of English Flint Fund. 


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Performing Arts, Lectures/Symposia/Workshops


Academic, Dance, Administrative, Multicultural Resource Center


Free and open to the public

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