Symposium: The Performance and Politics of Truth: Performance Studies Meets the “Art of Government”

This half-day symposium puts Foucault into contact with performance and performance theory. As Fisher and Gotman observe in Foucault’s Theatres (2020), although Foucault’s work has been keenly influential for many scholars of performance, direct engagement of his work that starts with performance practice and theory has been surprisingly scant. Participants in this event will take up this challenge, asking: What would it mean to take seriously the art in Foucault’s famous analysis of the “art of government”? What does an analysis of and from performance and the performative bring to our understanding of the contemporary politics of truth-telling? This latter question is all the more important at a time when fascism is dropping its mask.

  • Host City, Country

    New York, NY, USA

  • Dates

    May 3, 2024

  • Organizing university or institution

    New York University

  • Place where the event will be held

    Department of Performance Studies, New York University, 721 Broadway, Room 612, New York, NY 10003

  • Name(s) of organizer(s)

    Ann Pellegrini