(essays & projects)

Ruins, Bodies, and Other Palimpsests: Performative Memory
in Francesc Torres’ Installations
Mercè Picornell

Meaning: The Elephant in the Studio    [pdf]
Kirsten Kaschock

Fault Lines   [pdf]
Dale Smith

Silicone Embodiments: The Breast Implant and the Doll   [pdf]
Rachel Alpha Johnston Hurst

Building Character in a Photograph Album     [pdf]
Melanie Kitchens O'Meara

Theatre/Video and the Crossing of Boundaries: Big Art Group’s
Flicker (2002-2005): Stitching the Eye/I
Stéphane Boitel & Emeline Jouve

(the city)

Choreographing the City: Techniques for Urban Walking    [pdf]
Megan V. Nicely

The City is Ours: Squatting and Autonomous Movements in Europe from the 1970s to the Present (eds. Bart van der Steen, Ask Katzeef, and Leendert van Hoogenhuijze)    [html]
reviewed by Dylan Rollo

(performance praxis)

Momma    [video]
Angela J. Latham

Revolutionary Theme Music    [audio]
Marco Antonio Cervantes, Charles Peters, Greg Griffin, and Jeffrey Henry

The Leaky Architecture of Bees and Boxes: Feminist Consciousness-
Raising as Performance Methodology
    [text & video]
Diana Woodhouse, Lindsay Greer, and Olivia Perez-Langley

(book reviews)

Disunified Aesthetics: Situated Textuality, Performativity, Collaboration (Lynette Hunter)    [html]
reviewed by Caterina Moruzi

A View from the Bottom: Asian American Masculinity and Sexual Representation (Tan Hoang Nguyen)    [html]
reviewed by Min Joo Lee

From Bourgeois to Boojie: Black Middle-Class Performances (eds. Vershawn Ashanti Young and Bridget Harris Tsemo)    [html]
reviewed by Marna Dunne

<notes on contributors>

» Stéphane Boitel is head of the communication department and artistic adviser at the theatre Garonne in Toulouse, where he is especially interested in the development of the international artistic policy.

» Marco “Mex Step” Cervantes is an activist, musician, poet, educator, and faculty in the Mexican American Studies program at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he researches and teaches such topics as transculturation and shared spaces, Black and Chicana/o musicology, hip-hop studies, and performance pedagogy.

» Marna Dunne is a student at Bard College majoring in Psychology and Sociology. Her research interests include prejudice, stereotyping, and inequality.

» Lindsay Greer is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She holds an M.F.A. in Mass Communication and Media Arts from SIUC. Her work uses arts based research methods in the areas of performance studies, poetry, media archeology, and visual culture.

» Greg G (Greg Griffin) is a San Antonio producer, singer, songwriter, and hip-hop artist. His Dynamic Entertainment team has released five mixtapes, multiple solo albums, and produced local songs that have become radio anthems for the San Antonio hip-hop community.

» Jeff “DJ Chicken George” Henry blends multiple genres with a hip-hop sensibility to formulate his unique sound: Jazztronica! He resides in Austin, TX, and his style propels him to be a highly regarded and internationally acclaimed music force.

» Rachel Alpha Johnston Hurst is an associate professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Programme at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She has published and presented her research on cosmetic surgery, photography, and skin nationally and internationally. Her forthcoming book Surface Imaginations: Cosmetic Surgery, Photography, and Skin (MQUP, 2015) considers how and why surfaces matter to the contemporary cosmetic surgery industry. She is a co-editor (with Sheila L. Cavanagh and Angela Failler) of Skin, Culture, and Psychoanalysis (Palgrave, 2013).

» Emeline Jouve is Assistant Professor of American Literature and History at Champollion University and Toulouse II University (France). She holds a Ph. D. in both Anglo-saxon culture and theatre. She is the chair of the department of English at Champollion University. Her doctoral dissertation centered on the theme of rebellion in Susan Glaspell’s plays. Her current research interests focus on contemporary North-American playwrights and theatre companies. She has given papers at several international conferences in France, Spain, and the U.S.A. on Susan Glaspell, Gertrude Stein, Paula Vogel, Tony Kushner, the Wooster Group and Big Art Group and has published articles in European and American journals. She has organized several symposiums and edited the issue on “Staging Mobility in the United States” for the journal Miranda. She has also directed several plays.

» Kirsten Kaschock is the author of three books of poetry: Unfathoms (Slope Editions), A Beautiful Name for a Girl (Ahsahta Press), and The Dottery, winner of the Donald Hall Prize for poetry from AWP (University of Pittsburgh Press). Her debut novel, Sleight, a work of speculative fiction, was published by Coffee House Press. She has earned a PhD in English from the University of Georgia and a PhD in dance from Temple University. She is on faculty at Drexel University and has worked as a free-lance choreographer and master teacher in the Northeast. She is currently editor-in-chief of thINKing DANCE, a consortium of dance writers in the Philadelphia area.

» Min Joo Lee is currently a graduate student at UCLA in the Gender Studies department. She earned her B.A in Comparative Literature and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Williams College. She grew up going back and forth between the U.S and South Korea and in the process became interested in media and its influence on cultural rhetoric. Her current research interest is the intersection between Korean television, gender, sexual identity, and nationalism.

» Angela J . Latham is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at Governors State University in the south suburbs of Chicago. She is the author of Posing a Threat: Flappers, Chorus Girls, and Other Brazen Performers of the American 1920s as well as several other essays and performance texts that have appeared in Theatre Journal, Text and Performance Quarterly, Performance Matters, and others.

» Caterina Moruzzi is a PhD student in Philosophy and Music at the University of Nottingham. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the enquiry of both the ontological and the pragmatic implications of the concept of authenticity in musical performance.

» Melanie Kitchens O’Meara is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications at Georgia Regents University Augusta.

» Olivia Perez-Langley is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. A global feminist approach informs her research in performance praxis, intercultural communication, and Latin@ communication studies.

» Charles “Easy Lee” Peters is a poet, hip-hop artist, educator, and activist. He has published four books—Perceptions (1998), Poetry H2O (1999), Down South Poets, Volume 1 (2001), and The Last Poem on the Last Day (2011). Peters is in the final year of the English Education program at Kennesaw State University and currently teaching at Osborne High School in Atlanta, GA.

» Mercè Picornell is is Lecturer of Comparative Literature and Catalan Studies at the Universitat de les Illes Balears. She has published essays on testimonial and ethnographic writing, experimental literature and catalan contemporary culture. She is the author of Discursos testimonials en la literatura catalana recent (2002), and Continuïtats i desviacions. Debats crítics sobre la cultura catalana en el vèrtex 1960/1970 (2013) Her current research interests include the cultural context of experimental literature and the poetics and politics of modern ruins. As a member of the LiCETC (Contemporary Literature: Theoretical and Comparative Studies) research group she is co-author of Transformacions: literatura i canvi sociocultural dels anys 70 ença` (2010), Literatura i cultura: aproximacions comparatistes (2009), Poètiques de ruptura (2008) and Textualime i subversio´ (2007). [website]

» Dylan Rollo is a Master’s student in Syracuse University’s Communication and Rhetorical Studies program. His studies revolve around broader questions of space & place, currently finding ground in cities and architecture as they relate to the use and appropriation of space as well as aesthetics and world-building for marginalized groups.

» Dale Smith is the author of one book of criticism, Poets Beyond the Barricade: Rhetoric Citizenship, and Dissent after 1960 (University of Alabama, 2012), and five books of poetry, including, most recently Slow Poetry in America (Cuneiform Press, 2014). He is an associate professor on the faculty of English at Ryerson University, Toronto, and a founding member with Julia Fawcett of the Toronto Performance Studies Working Group. Recent scholarship can be found in Jacket 2, Paideuma: Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, and Toward. Some. Air: Remarks on Poetics.

» Diana Woodhouse is an Instructor of Communication at the College of Southern Nevada, and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Feminist theory informs her research in performance studies, critical communication pedagogy, and visual rhetoric.

Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies (issn: 1557-2935)

editor-in-chief: Michael LeVan (Vancouver, WA)
the city editor: Daniel Makagon (DePaul University)
digital horizons editors: Craig Gingrich-Philbrook (Southern Illinois University) and Daniel (Jake) Simmons
   (Missouri State University)
performance & pedagogy editor: open
book review editor: Christopher J. McRae (University of South Florida)

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