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A study day on durationality, identity, and performance

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A study day on durationality, identity and performance - followed by a lecture by Prof. Amelia Jones

Research Centre for Performance and Creative Exchange

Department of Drama, Theatre & Performance, University of Roehampton

Monday 10 April (11am-7pm)

VENUE: Theatre, Jubilee Building (Digby Stuart), University of Roehampton

On Monday 10 April the Department of Drama Theatre & Performance at University of Roehampton will be hosting a study day inspired by the work of the feminist art historian Amelia Jones. In recent work Jones has theorised ‘queer feminist durationality’ as an interpretive framework which might muddle linear temporalities and open up space for transgenerational engagement. It might, for example, encourage an analysis of performance works of the 1970s within discursive contexts of the present day, or invite interrogation of the performance document as a site of encountering (and exploring tensions between) ephemerality and durationality. One aim of queer feminist durationality is to disrupt hegemonic notions of succession, displacement, and chronological ‘progress’, which are historiographical conventions critiqued by Jones, for example in her monograph Seeing Differently (2012), as well as in her recent co-edited collections such as Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History (2012), and Otherwise: Imagining queer feminist art histories (2015).


The study day of presentations, discussions, and performance will focus on questions relating to durationality, identity, identification, issues of documentation and archiving performance, and the legacies of the 1960s-1980s. The day will conclude with a lecture in the late afternoon by Prof. Amelia Jones.

We welcome academics, postgraduate students, artists, and interested parties from across the London area to join us for this study day. Attendance is free but places are limited, so please register here (places will be offered on a first come first served basis).


This event is part of the ongoing series of research seminars hosted by the Research Centre for Performance and Creative Exchange, based in the Department of Drama, Theatre & Performance at University of Roehampton.

The Department of Drama is located in the Jubilee Building, Digby Stuart College - building no.10 on this campus map: https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/4aa786/globalassets/documents/campus/campus-map.pdf

Please contact the organisers at eleanor.roberts [@] roehampton.ac.uk if you have any questions.



Study Day Programme

11-11.30am Welcome

Registration and a brief introduction to the day by Dr Eleanor Roberts (University of Roehampton)

11.30-12.30 Reading Group and Discussion on Queer Feminist Durationality

This discussion group will begin with a short paper by Dr Sarah Gorman (University of Roehampton) titled ‘Staging the hole in fetishism: central core performance and mess’. Dr Gorman’s paper will frame a broader discussion about possible effects or implications of what Amelia Jones proposes in her concept of a queer feminist durationality.

Participants to prepare by reading Amelia Jones, ‘Queer Feminist Durationality’, in Seeing Differently (2012). Please email the organisers at eleanor.roberts [at] roehampton.ac.uk if you need help accessing this text.

12.30-1.30pm Lunch Break

The Dorothy Sharp project presents, ‘The Possibilities of Different Geographies: A Performative Installation’. This installation / workshop by Bruce Sharp (University of Roehampton), Jane Carr, and Amalia Garcia will be running at various times through the day and participants are invited to move in and out of the space

N.B. There are good value cafes and coffee shops on campus and/or please bring your own refreshments.

1.30-3pm Panel and Discussion: Durationality and the Encounter

The discussion will be framed by short papers and provocations by Bettina Knaup (University of Roehampton), Onyeka Igwe (University of the Arts), Adele Tulli (University of Roehampton), and a short lecture-performance by Tara Fatehi Irani (University of Roehampton)

3.15-4.30pm Panel and Discussion: The Archival Turn in Performance

Short papers and provocations will be given by Prof Graham White (University of Roehampton), Ella Parry-Davies (King’s College London, Visiting Lecturer at University of Roehampton), and Dr Johanna Linsley (University of Roehampton)

5-6.30pm Lecture by Amelia Jones, 'Gesture as Event, or, The Conceptual Body'

Prof. Amelia Jones will give a lecture followed by closing discussion

Lecture -Encountering: Gesture as Event, or, The Conceptual Body

In histories of western contemporary art conceptualism has been staged as a very separate movement from that of body or performance art, and the two modes of production are seen as driven by completely different concerns. Focusing on the process of encountering that certain art practices put into play, I argue that, from our current point of view in which we are rethinking the value of the radical rights movements of the 1960s and 1970s, the most complex and productive works in this period crossed over conceptual and embodied concerns in ways that began to transform the basic question of art’s value, meaning, significance, and role in society. Attending to the tensions among concept, body, event, and “art” that surface around 1960 in the Western world is thus the most effective way to understand how art becomes “event” in the sense of potentially shifting larger ways of thinking and being.

Chaired by Dr Eleanor Roberts

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