(the city)

Performing Marginal Space: Film, Topology and the Petite Ceinture in Paris     [video & essay]
Ulf Strohmayer (text) & Jipé Corre (photography)


Love and Saint Francis of Assisi: A Mass Performer in the Middle Ages    [pdf]
Prakash Kona

White Skin, Red Masks: “Playing Indian” in Queer Images from Physique Pictorial, 1957-67   [pdf]
Rahul K. Gairola

(artist pages)

Live Music; Dead Bodies    [sound & text]
Hazel Smith & Roger Dean with austraLYSIS

Poetics of Protest: A Fluxed History of the 1968 DNC
(A Dialogue for Six Academic Voices)
    [pdf script]
Tom Lavazzi

My Fragile Family Tree: Stories of Fathers & Sons     [pdf script]
Performing Fatherhood: A Graduate Student Odyssey
    [pdf essay]
Matt Fotis

(book review)

The Aesthetics of Service in Early Modern England (by Elizabeth Rivlin)    [html]
reviewed by Laurie Mckee

<notes on contributors>

» Jean-Philippe (Jipé) Corre is an independent photographer based in Paris. He is a graduate in theory of communication and information and has worked in corporate and press photography in addition to creating aesthetic and critical projects.

» Roger Dean is a composer/improviser, and since 2007 a research professor in music cognition and computation at the MARCS Auditory Laboratories, University of Western Sydney. He founded and directs the ensemble austraLYSIS, which has performed in 30 countries. His creative work is on 30 commercial audio CDs and he has released many digital intermedia pieces. The creative work revolves around keyboard improvisation, and computer music composition, though he also writes instrumental music and performs ensemble jazz with the austraLYSIS Electroband and in other contexts. Improvisation and computer-interaction merge in his MultiPiano Event, a solo performance exploiting live piano, real-time audio processing, generative physical synthesis piano, and electroacoustic sound. His 400 substantive research publications include seven humanities books. Previously he was CEO of the Heart Research Institute, Sydney, researching in biochemistry, and then Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra. [online biography]

» Matt Fotis is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Albright College where he teaches acting, improvisation and writing for performance. His work has appeared in Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics and The Journal of American Drama & Theatre among others. He received his PhD in Theatre from the University of Missouri, where he held the Raymond White Dissertation Fellowship. Additionally he is an award winning playwright, recently winning The Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting from the Kennedy Center. My Fragile Family Tree is his second full length solo-performance piece. [website «]

» Rahul K. Gairola teaches at Seattle University and the University of Washington, Bothell. He completed a joint PhD in English and Critical Theory at the University of Washington, Seattle, in December 2009. He is currently completing a book manuscript titled Homelandings: Diasporic Genealogies of (Be)longing and Nation.

» Prakash Kona is a writer, teacher and researcher working as an Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad, India. He is the author of Nunc Stans [Creative Non-fiction: 2009, Crossing Chaos enigmatic ink, Ontario, Canada], Pearls of an Unstrung Necklace [Fiction: 2005, Fugue State Press, New York] and Streets that Smell of Dying Roses [Experimental Fiction: 2003, Fugue State Press, New York].

» Tom Lavazzi is Professor of English at KBCC-CUNY and founder of the performance group TEZ. His poetry and criticism appears in such journals as American Poetry Review, Postmodern Culture, Women in Performance, Performance Practice, Post-Identity, Reconstructions: Studies in Contemporary Culture, Symploke, Talisman, South Atlantic Review, Mantis: Journal of Poetry, Criticism, Translation, and Rhizome: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, among others.  His work has been anthologized in Finding the Ox: Buddhism and American Culture (SUNY Press), Dialogism and Lyric Self-Fashioning: Bakhtin and the Voices of a Genre (Susquehanna University Press), Modernism and Photography (Praeger), Synergism: An Anthology of Collaborative Poetry and Poetic Prose (Boshi Press), Carl Rakosi, Man and Poet (National Poetry Foundation), and Contemporary Literary Criticism (Gale), among others. He has published three volumes of poetry: Stirr'd Up Everywhere (collage poem/artist’s book, A Musty Bone), Crossing Borders (Mellen, 1996), and LightsOut (Bright Hill Press, '05; BHP chapbook contest winner). A book of experimental critical performances, Off the Page: Scripts, Texts and Multimedia Projects from TEZ, is forthcoming from Parlor Press's Aesthetic Critical Inquiry series. For more information about Lavazzi and his critical performance group TEZ, please visit the TEZ web.

» Laurie Mckee (PhD, Northumbria University) recently completed her PhD examining domestic servants in late medieval and early modern literature. She is currently teaching at Newcastle University.

» Hazel Smith is a research professor in the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney. She is author of The Writing Experiment: strategies for innovative creative writing (Allen and Unwin, 2005) and Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O'Hara: difference, homosexuality, topography (Liverpool University Press, 2000). She is co-author of Improvisation, Hypermedia And The Arts Since 1945 (Harwood Academic, 1997) and co-editor with Roger Dean of Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice in the Creative Arts (Edinburgh University Press, 2009). She is also co-editor with Roger Dean of soundsRite, a journal of new media writing and sound, based at the University of Western Sydney. In addition, Hazel is a poet, performer and new media artist, and has published three volumes of poetry, three CDs of performance work and numerous multimedia works. Her latest volume of creative work, with accompanying CD Rom, is The Erotics of Geography: poetry, performance texts, new media works (Tinfish Press, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 2008). She is a member of austraLYSIS, the sound and intermedia arts group, and has performed her work extensively in US, Europe, UK and Australasia. She also had a previous career as a professional violinist. [website]

» Ulf Strohmayer is Professor and Head of the School of Geography & Archaeology at the National University of Ireland in Galway. A native of Germany, he studied and taught in Sweden, France, the United States (Pennsylvania) and Wales before settling in the West of Ireland. His interests are rooted in social philosophies, historical geographies of modernity and are connected to urban planning, with a particular emphasis on the geographies and histories of the French capital.

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

editor-in-chief: Michael LeVan (University of South Florida)
the city editor: Daniel Makagon (DePaul University)
digital horizons editors: Craig Gingrich-Philbrook (Southern Illinois University) and Daniel (Jake) Simmons
   (Angelo State University)
performance & pedagogy editor: Keith Nainby (California State University Stanislaus)

banner photo/design ("phabricated") by Michael LeVan

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