(performance scripts & projects)

Collaging the Remains    [script-essay/pdf]
Lindsay Greer

Hell/Thinness     [script/pdf]
Sharrell D. Luckett

On LIVINGSTON's Artificially Intelligent Folk Songs of Canada    [html, audio, essay/pdf]
Henry Adam Svec

Butch Gardens: Tumblr Plays and Online Personae    [scripts/html & essay/pdf]
David J. Eshelman

The Stranger    [script/pdf]
Amy Burt

The Extinction Project: Scientific and Ethnographic Research
Through Playwriting
    [script/pdf, html, audio & video]
Derek Lee Barton

(digital horizons)

Unpacking My Digital Library     [html]
Rebecca A. Walker


The Land of the Living in the Necro-Zone: Linking Border Stories with Prison
Stories in Yadira De La Riva’s One Journey and Liza Jessie Peterson’s
The Peculiar Patriot on the Cabaret Stage
T. L. Cowan

Good Liming in Trinidad: The Art of Doing Something   [pdf]
Carmen L. McClish

Imperfection: Embracing Wabi-Sabi     [pdf]
Patricia English

From “Vaginal Wagner” to “Verdi Does Vegas”: Close Reading the
Concept Production
Marilyn Adler Papayanis

(performance & pedagogy)

“A Letter From My Students”: Transformative Pedagogy, Borderlands
Performance, and the Critical Junctures of Whiteness
    [essay, script/html, video]
Robert Gutierrez-Perez

(the city)

On The Commute     [video & essay/pdf]
Hunter H. Fine

(book reviews)

Re-viewing and Ex-tending Performative Listening: Hearing Others in Qualitative
(by Chris McRae)
    [review essay/pdf]
reviewed by Devon R. Kehler

Queer Praxis: Questions for LGBTQ Worldmaking (Eds. Dustin B. Goltz
& Jason Zingsheim)
reviewed by Colin Whitworth

Rebel Friendships: "Outsider" Networks and Social Movements (by Benjamin Shepard)     [html]
reviewed by Jessica Rechtschaffer

<notes on contributors>

» Derek Lee Barton (PhD, Northwestern) is a playwright, performance artist, and scholar whose recent work explores how performance practice and theory can respond meaningfully to ecological concerns. His scholarship has appeared in Readings in Performance and Ecology and Education, Citizenship and Social Justice. Derek’s solo show, “Professor Rikvold and the Giant Squid,” was featured in Chicago’s “Around the Coyote” Festival. Two of his plays, “Billy: A Post-Apocalyptic Comedy,” and “The Submarine Mare and Other Hindoo Tales,” have also been produced.

» Amy Burt is an associate professor of Rhetoric at Georgia College in Milledgeville, GA, where it is her great pleasure to live and work.

» T. L. Cowan is a Presidential Visiting Professor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. T.L.’s research and teaching focuses on the political, cultural and intellectual economies and social lives of trans- feminist and queer community-based performance, especially cabaret, and on shifting practices of self-expression across digital and analog media. T.L. is an organizer with the Feminist Technology Network (FemTechNet) and the Center for Solutions to Online Violence (femtechnet.org/csov/) and also a practicing cabaret artist.

» Patricia English is an Associate Professor in the Communication Studies Department at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter MN.

» David J. Eshelman is Associate Professor of Communication at Arkansas Tech University, where he is director of the theatre program. He is also the founder and artistic director of the Arkansas Radio Theatre. He is an advocate for dramatic writing. He occasionally blogs for the Macmillan English Community.

» Hunter H. Fine (Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale) is a communication scholar conducting practice-based research at the intersections of performance, rhetoric, critical cultural studies, and poststructuralist theory. Often emphasizing interactions between physical locations and mediated environments, his work continues to explore the social constructions of place and space as well at the tactical negotiations of power therein. His work can be found in Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature, Communication Theory and Millennial Popular Culture: Essays and Applications, and the Journal of Popular Culture. He currently teaches and designs courses in cultural communication, rhetorical theory, social advocacy, popular discourse, and communication theory at Humboldt State University.

» Lindsay Greer is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Southern Indiana where her teaching and research focuses on performance studies and visual culture. Her artist website: lindsay-greer.com

» Robert Gutierrez-Perez is a U.S. Southwest borderlands scholar studying performances of power, resistance, and agency through the lens culture and communication. Utilizing a variety of critical qualitative research methods, Gutierrez-Perez explores how gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or questioning Chicanos/Xicanos in the U.S. Southwest and Mexico resist multiple systems of oppression through their everyday performances of identity, culture, and history. His other research interests include advocacy and civic engagement in higher education, queer intercultural communication, critical performance studies, and queer of color critique.

» Devon R. Kehler is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English at the University of Arizona. A life-long musician and long-time teacher, Devon is interested in advancing the study and use of sonic and musical modalities in composition classrooms. Her research interests include: sound studies; listening practices; queer feminisms; multimodal rhetorics; feminist pedagogies and praxes; and performance studies. Her publications to date reflect commitment to collaborative knowledge production, and are topically focused upon musical performances of sexually gendered subject-hood, composing processes and feminist pedagogies.

» Sharrell D. Luckett, Ph.D. (when it matters) is otherwise just a southern black girl getting her life on.... She is an Assistant Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies Research in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Muhlenberg College. Her literary and embodied interdisciplinary scholarship is situated in performance theory, Black studies, and Women’s studies. She is an award winning director and producer, and her writing has appeared in several publications, including Theatre Topics, Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, and Continuum: Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre, and Performance. Her forthcoming books include YoungGiftedandFat: Size, Sexuality, and Privilege, and Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches.

» Carmen L. McClish is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Saint Anselm College. Her research focuses on play, communication and culture in both the U.S. and the Caribbean (Trinidad and Tobago, WI.) She specifically focuses on playful forms of public art and protest in the U.S., and playful culture and Carnival in the Caribbean.

» Marilyn Adler Papayanis is professor of English at Berkeley College in New Jersey. She is author of Writing in the Margins: The Ethics of Expatriation from Lawrence to Ondaatje (Vanderbilt University Press, 2005), as well as several essays on music and film.

» Jessica Rechtschaffer earned an MA at Columbia University in Religious Studies and a BA in Medieval Studies from Hampshire College. Currently she is Director of Academic Administration and Finance in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University. Outside work, she has been active in battles against heteronormativity and the privatization of public space. She is also involved in environmental justice movements.

» Henry Adam Svec (PhD, University of Western Ontario) is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. His scholarship on the media-theoretical dimensions of the American folk revival has been published in Fibreculture, the Journal of Popular Music Studies, and the Canadian Journal of Communication. Other research interests include digital culture, authenticity, and utopia, and his essays on these topics have appeared in Loading..., Celebrity Studies, Reviews in Cultural Theory, and Popular Music & Society. He is also a writer and a performer whose creative projects tend to blur lines amidst a range of forms and disciplinary regimes. His recent musical works, for example, have explored the possibility that he is a (revolutionary) Canadian folklorist. His performances have been presented at galleries and festivals including FADO, 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, Eastern Edge Gallery, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, The Rhubarb Festival, and Ethnographic Terminalia. He is currently collaborating with Frictive Pictures in Fredericton, New Brunswick, on a film about being a song collector in Canada. [website: www.henryadamsvec.ca]

» Rebecca A. Walker is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University. Her primary research interests focus on the intersection(s) of performance, culture, and technology. Specifically, Dr. Walker is interested in how technology influences our culture and communicative practices, particularly our performative practices. Her recent work involved an examination of a series of recurring flash mobs following the death of Michael Jackson and considered how they might expand current conceptions of memorialization performances. Dr. Walker’s other areas of research interest include performance art, rhetoric and popular culture, visual rhetoric, culture jamming, feminist theory, and tourism as communication and performance.

» Colin Whitworth is a performance studies PhD student at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where he teaches classes in both the Communication Studies and Theatre departments. Selected for top performance panels at both regional and national conferences, his research often contends with questions about the intersections and performances of queer and Southern identities as well as the challenges and potentialities inherent in autoethnographic and auto-performance work.

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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