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‘Performing Knowledge’: A Day of Lecture Performances by GC Students (including some History PhD stars) and others!

Monday, December 10

3:30 pm  – 8:00 pm

Segal Theatre

Lecture Performances by Meg Araneo, Jon McKenzie & Aneta Stojnić, Polly Thistlethwaite and GC Students

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Like theatres, lecture halls and classrooms rehearse specific conventions to organize performance and spectatorship, teaching and learning. Like other conventions, the dramaturgy of the lecture is a product of overlapping factors and traditions. But in what new ways can knowledge be pursued, conceived and presented?

Performing Knowledge gathers prominent scholars and graduate students from various programs at the Graduate Center to experiment with new ways of doing learning. Departing from a performative, embodied and experienced-based understanding of knowledge, the lecture-performances all introduce ostensibly ‘alien’ and ‘irrelevant’ elements into the pedagogical situation. By including the often suppressed elements of doubt, dialogue, sound, movement, alternative research narratives and knowledge-bearing bodies, the performing scholars develop novel dramaturgies of knowledge. Their alternative academic practices respond to Wendy Brown’s call to recover “what is ineffably moving, sublime, or meaningful in the humanities” by pointing towards the immense variety of forms that academic production can take as it renegotiates its generic assumptions.



Part 1 — 3:30 – 5:00

Julián González de León and Davide Giuseppe Colasanto – Visual Presentations of Theories of Knowledge

Carolyn A. McDonough – Embodying Voice

Polly Thistlethwaite – Recovering Doubt: A Documentary’s Staged Deceptions

Arinn Amer


Part 2 — 5:30 – 7:00

Michelle Yom – ‘Excerpts’ from War on Terror

Callen Zimmerman – Getting located

Margaret Araneo-Reddy – Salome Project


Part 3 — 7:00 – 8:30

Jon McKenzie and Aneta Stojnić – Thought-Action Figures Episode 11: Kosmograms

Q&A with participating performing researchers


Performing Knowledge is an initiative by Amir Farjoun co-produced with Mara Valderrama, Ph.D. Students at the Theatre and Performance program at the Graduate Center CUNY, in collaboration with the Segal Center. Additional Support by the DSC