Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network (CIPN)

Alternate Tuesdays, 17:00-19:00pm during term-time

Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building


About

Thinking as/through Performance

The Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network (CIPN) brings together people from a wide variety of different backgrounds in Cambridge and beyond to explore the idea of performance as a concept, from music and literary studies to history, anthropology, architecture and medicine. CIPN strives to foster exchange on the potential of performance to engender dialogue across conventionally separated cultural categories, practices and disciplines.

Interest in performance reflects a movement away from thinking in terms of immutable objects and singular subjects. It focuses attention instead on collective contexts. It offers an umbrella approach with which to interrogate a given phenomenon (both individual and collective). Thinking as/through performance proposes a different way to mean – a ‘kind of thinking in its own right’ (Cull/Minors 2012) – which performances, theatricality, theatre, and the arts in practice can also model.

 A few questions that underpin our thinking are:

  • What does it mean to frame, stage, display or enact? In what sense might all forms of self-consciously public statements – art, politics, academic discourse – be seen as performance?
  • How is our post-print digital era, with its forces of equivalence and convergence, prompting reconsideration of traditional categories and boundaries – i.e. of the disciplinary itself?
  • How do we understand objects (fixed, a record) when they cannot exist separately from their experience on the part of somebody or other (time-bound, embodied)?
  • How do we understand the subject when it depends on imagined and actual collectivities to position itself?

Each session is flexibly organised around two short presentations from different disciplinary backgrounds, followed by extended discussion. We also regularly host workshops, performances and panel discussions in collaboration with creative practitioners. CIPN aims to provide a platform for discursive encounters that foster greater dialogue between the academy and creative practice more generally.


Annual theme 2018-19: Performance and the Body

Having programmed seminars with a slight emphasis on current debates in Theatre Studies (2013-14), Anthropology (2014-15), Art History (2015-16), English (2016-17) and Theology (2017-18), CIPN aims to open up a conversation between Classics and other academic and creative perspectives this year. How may we ‘anchor’, in the words of Ineke Sluiter, modern-day discourses of performance in a ‘framework of tradition, innovation and/or subversion’? What is the performative relevance of ideas of the classic(al) in scholarly and artistic communities in this context?

Under the umbrella theme of ‘Performance and the Body’, we will explore the idea of the performative body/embodied performances as a mode of thinking that is particularly fruitful for a diachronic enquiry into the changing meanings and significance of conceptions of the self, the person and the individual.
The following three sub-topics will frame our programme for the year:

Michaelmas Term 2018:   Performance and the self: embodying identity from antiquity to today
Lent Term 2019:               The chorus: collective bodies and communal performances
Easter Term 2019:           The imperfect body: the grotesque versus the ideal 


For further information about CIPN and this year’s programme, please feel free to get in touch with the current seminar convenors Antonia Marie Reinke, Maria Khan, Matthew Parvin, Naomi Woo and Valerio Zanetti

To sign up to post or receive information about events relating to the concept of performance, please visit Ucam-performance-network@lists.cam.ac.uk or contact  Dr Clare Foster

Administrative assistance: Networks@crassh.cam.ac.uk

Convenors

Convenors

Antonia Marie Reinke (PhD student, Classics)
Maria Khan (PhD student, MML)
Matthew Parvin (PhD student, English)
Naomi Woo (PhD student, Music)
Valerio Zanetti (PhD student, History)

 


Antonia Marie Reinke is a Cambridge Trust and AHRC-funded PhD candidate in Classics whose work explores the socio-hierarchical conceptualizations of the body in fifth-century Athenian drama. Beyond her immediate research, Antonia is very interested in questions of being and performance, constructions of social identity, hierarchy and mobility as well as ideas of transformation and metamorphosis.

 


Maria Khanis a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages specializing in German literature and integration of Muslim migrants within the German context. Her work explores the identity of Turkish-German secondary school students through performance-based teaching of Goethe’s Faust. Maria has a decade long experience of acting and directing stage plays, including having performed at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.

 


Matthew Parvin is a PhD candidate in English at Cambridge. He is writing on the work of Caryl Churchill, exploring the development of her craft and considering how she writes about economic systems. Matthew is also a published playwright, and his work has been performed at theatres across the UK.

 


Naomi Woo
is a pianist, conductor, and researcher, currently pursuing a PhD in musicology at Clare College as a Gates Cambridge scholar. Naomi also holds a BA in mathematics & philosophy from Yale University, and degrees in piano performance from the Yale School of Music and Université de Montréal. With Sasha Amaya, she directs tick tock, a collaboration for sonic and choreographic performance.

 


Valerio Zanetti
is a Cambridge Trust and AHRC-funded History PhD candidate at St. John’s College, where his thesis investigates the emergence of female sport in early modern Europe. More generally, Valerio’s research explores embodied experiences of early modern people in connection with changes in conceptions of the gendered body. He is also interested in the study of fashion as embodied practice



Faculty Advisors

Dr Renaud Gagné (Faculty of Classics)
Dr Clare Foster (CRASSH)

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Previous Convenors
Rachel Stroud  (Faculty of Music) [2014-18]
Rozelle Bosch (Faculty of Divinity) [2016-18]
Dr Clare Foster  (BA PDF, CRASSH) [2013-16, 2017-18]
Michael Byrne(CMPCP, Dance) [2014-16]
Jack Belloli (Faculty of English) [2016-17]
Yesim Yaprak Yildiz (Departmemnt of Sociology) [2016-17]
Rin Ushiyama (Department of Sociology) [2015-16]
Neylan Bagcioglu (History of Art) [2015-16]
Dr Jonas Tinius (Division of Social Anthropology) [2013-16]

Previous Faculty Advisors
Dr Zoe Svendsen (Lecturer in Drama, Faculty of English)
Professor John Rink (Professor of Musical Performance Studies, Faculty of Music)
Dr Santinder Gill (Centre for Music and Science, Faculty of Music)
Prof Catherine Pickstock (Reader in Philosophy and Theology, Faculty of Divinity)
Professor Andrew Webber (Professor of Modern German and Comparative Culture, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages)
Dr Luke Skrebowski (History of Art)
Dr Alyce Mahon (History of Art
Dr Lucia Ruprecht (Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages)
Dr Michael Hrebeniak (Faculty of English)
Professor Robin Kirkpatrick (Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages)
Dr Joel Chalfen (Lecturer in Drama, Faculty of Education)
Professor John Robb (Professor of European Prehistory, Department of Archaeology)
Dr Marcus Morgan (Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Sociology)

Programme 2018-19

 

Performance network
The Politics of Laughter
02 October 2018, Seminar Room S1, 1st Floor, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road *NB Different room today*

Stuart Grant (Monash University), Betsy Salkind (Actress, Comedian, Writer) - Performance Network (CIPN)

The Medicalization of the Female Body
18 October 2018, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road *NB Different day*

Emerita Helen King (Open University), Lucy van de Wiel (Cambridge), Zeynep Gürtin-Broadbent (Cambridge), Leah Astbury (Huntington Library) - Performance Network (CIPN)

Heracles’ Body – An Unexpected Site of Gender Contest?
30 October 2018, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Chiara Blanco (Cambridge), Broderick Chow (Brunel, London) - Performance Network (CIPN)

Looking again at the Gendered Self: From Performance to Representation
13 November 2018, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Anne Duncan (Nebraska), Clare Foster (BAPF, CRASSH) - Performance Network (CIPN)

Dressing the Self/Other in Greek Drama, Italian Opera and Rural Albania
27 November 2018, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Rosie Wyles (Kent), Matteo Augello (London College of Fashion), Ellen Robertson Martinez (Cambridge) - Performance Network (CIPN)

Past events

 

Performance network
Performance and Cognition
21 October 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Peter Meineck (NY), Roger Kneebone (London) with demostrations by Hadas Selbst (London/USA), Chair: Vladimir Mirodan  at Performance Network

Objections to Objects: Live Art and Music
04 November 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Clare Foster (Cambridge), Daniel Leech-Wilkinson (KCL), John Rink (Cambridge) at Performance Network

The Work of the Audience
18 November 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Nicholas Ridout (London), Steven Connor (Cambridge) Chair: Zoë Svendsen (Cambridge) at Performance Network

Fourth Walls
02 December 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Kate Newey (Exeter), Karen Jürs-Munby (Lancaster) Chair: Clare Foster (Cambridge) With: Actress Janie Dee (2 Oliver Awards), at Performance Network

Performing Cities
27 January 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Mehrdad Seyf and 30 Bird, Helen Stratford, Michael Hrebeniak  and David Grundy (Cambridge) at Performance Network

Dance as Ethnography
10 February 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Kate Elswit (Bristol), Lucia Ruprecht (Cambridge), Daniel Siekhaus (Cambridge) at Performance Network  

Improvisation: Live versus Record
24 February 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Simon Jones (Bristol), Floris Schuiling (Cambridge), Luke Skrebowski (Cambridge) at Performance Network

Praxis and Practice: Science as Art
10 March 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Charlotte Tulinius (Copenhagen),Paul McIntosh (QMUL), Olivia Winteringham (Kindle Theatre), Claire Summerfield (Independent Creative Producer) at Performance N.

Movements between Art and Anthropology
28 April 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG1

Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll (Berlin/Cambridge), Adrien Sina (London), Michael Murawski (Cambridge), Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov (Cambridge) at Performance.

Joint event with Field Note Research Group.

Performance and its Objects: From Collective to Collection
19 May 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG1

Alan Read, Georgina Guy (KCL), Ellie Lavan (Cambridge) at Performance Network

Performance Philosophy
02 June 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG1

Laura Cull (Surrey), Eirini Kartsaki (Anglia Ruskin) at Performance Network

Performing the Public Sphere
13 October 2014, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Anastasia Piliavsky (Cambridge/UCL), Rafael Schacter (BA Postdoctoral Fellow) at Performance

Creativity and Capitalism: Opponents or Allies?
27 October 2014, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Eleonora Belfiore (Warwick), Susan Bayly and Jonas Tinius (Cambridge) at Performance

Rehearsal: Performing the Everyday
10 November 2014, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Rachel Davies (Kingston), Tracy Davis (Northwestern), Clare Foster (Cambridge) at Performance

Homo Ludens: Parties, Participation, and Play
24 November 2014, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Renaud Gagné, Sir Patrick Bateson, Anthony Pickles (Cambridge) at Performance

Making a Scene! (Symposium)
12 January 2015, King‘s College, Wine Room (NB Different venue*)

A 0ne-Day Simposium - Performance CIPN

Performing Laboratories Workshop (Joint event)
19 January 2015, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Joint event with Civic Matter -Performance

Institutions and the Avant-Garde
02 February 2015, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Gigi Argyropoulou (Birkbeck), Georgina Born (Oxford), Pascal Gielen (Groningen), Jonas Tinius (Cambridge) - Performance CIPN

Truth and Reconciliation Performed
16 February 2015, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Ananda Breed (London), Andrea Grant, Timothy Jenkins, Ariana Philips (Cambridge) -Performance CIPN

The Drama of Ideas: Performing Intellectuals
02 March 2015, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Patrick Baert, Marcus Morgan, Jonas Tinius and Floris Schuiling (Cambridge) -Performance CIPN

Free for All Symposium (Concept of Performance)
23 April 2015, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Performance Network CIPN

What do images do? Picturing Africa and Islam
27 April 2015, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Massimilano Fusari (SOAS), Christos Lynteris and Branwyn Poleykett (Visual Plague, CRASSH) — Performance CIPN

Theatricality
11 May 2015, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Clare Foster (UCL), Sophie Nield (RHUL) — Performance CIPN

POSTPONED: Framing the Future: The impact of the digital era
26 May 2015, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building. NB Different day and time*

Sheila Hayman (Film maker) —Performance CIPN

How art performs society
04 June 2015, Room SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building

Roger Sansi (Goldsmiths), Dame Marilyn Strathern (Cambridge) — Performance CIPN

Theatre, Philosophy, Pedagogy / Martin Puchner
05 October 2015, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Special event with Martin Puchner (Harvard) -Performance Network/CIPN

Imagining the Digital Future: A Social Revolution?
12 October 2015, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

John Naughton (CRASSH), Sheila Hayman (Filmmaker BAFTA award-winning)- Performance Network/CIPN

Text and Scores as Spaces of Interaction
26 October 2015, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building *NB Different room*

Margaret Faultless (Cambridge,Royal Academy of Music), Margherita Laera (Kent)-Performance Network/CIPN

Can Performance Teach us about History and Historical Time?
09 November 2015, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Sanja Perovic (KCL), Stuart Brisley (Artist)-Performance Network/CIPN

What’s in a Frame: Art Interacting with Life
23 November 2015, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Victoria Miguel (Writer/Curator), Daniel Brine(The Cambridge Juction)-Performance Network/CIPN

Performing Knowledge: The Mediating Body
18 January 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Satinder P. Gill (CMS,Cambridge), Michael Byrne (CMPCP, Cambridge)-CIPN

Archival Performativity
01 February 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Joanna Melvin (Chelsea), Luke Skrebowski (Cambridge)- CIPN

Performance and Subversion in Public Spaces
15 February 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Dave Beech (Gothenburg), Chloë Alaghband-Zadeh (Cambridge) -CIPN

Agency and Performance: Objects and the Social
29 February 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Rachel Stroud (Music, Cambridge), John Robb (Archaeology, Cambridge)-CIPN

On Detachment and Relations
25 April 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Hallvard Lillehammer (Birkbeck), Matei Candea (Cambridge)-Performance Network-CIPN

Politics, Memory and Performance
09 May 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Paul Connerton (Cambridge), Mischa Twitchin (QMU, London)- Performance Network-CIPN

Training in Theory
23 May 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Tom Cornford (Central School of Speech and Drama), David Winters (Cambridge)-Performance Network-CIPN

Staging radical disobedience: Antigone's revolt, from Brecht to the 1960s and beyond
06 June 2016, Alison Richard Building: Seminar room SG2 1:00pm and SG1 from 5:00pm

Half day Workshop. Registration required- CIPN

Shakespeare: Translating, Adapting, Inhabiting
10 October 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Simon Palfrey (Oxford), Enza De Francisci (UCL)- at Performance Network (CIPN)

Performance and Wellbeing
24 October 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Amanda Kelleher (Professional Clown), Jane Rich (Cambridge Community Arts), John Harper (Founder of Rize)– at Performance Network (CIPN)

Performing Cities
07 November 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Lizzie Richardson (Durham), Michael Hrebeniak (Cambridge)- at Performance Network (CIPN)

Landscape, Dwelling and Site-Specific Practice
21 November 2016, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Stephen Bottoms (Manchester), Yvonne Salmon (Cambridge) - Joint event Performance Network (CIPN) and Alchemical Landscape

Identities in Popular Performance
23 January 2017, Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Ross Cole (Cambridge), Broderick Chow (Brunel, London)- at Performance Network (CIPN)
 

Performing the Passion: Women Religious and Creative acts of Prayer
06 February 2017, Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Ayla Lepine  (Essex), Heather Webb (Cambridge) -at Performance Network (CIPN)

The Late Walter Benjamin
20 February 2017, Drama Studio, Faculty of English (NB Different venue)

John Schad (Lancaster), Fred Dalmasso (Loughborough)- at Performance Network (CIPN)
 

Doing Justice: Trials, Performance, Law
06 March 2017, Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Başak Ertür (Birkbeck College), Mayur Suresh (SOAS)-at Performance Network (CIPN)
 

Serge Lifar and the Interwar Dance Discourses of Neoclassicism 1930-39
13 March 2017, Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Mark Franko (Temple University, Boyer College of Music and Dance), Lucia Ruprecht (Cambridge)-at Performance Network (CIPN)

Michel Foucault's Confessions of the Flesh and the...
02 May 2017, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building. NB Different date

Ulrike Auga (Berlin) at the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network (CIPN)

Left Unsettled: The Politics of left-wing Militants' Confessions to Past Violence
15 May 2017, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Leigh Payne (Oxford), Paloma Aguilar (UNED) at Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network (CIPN)

Encore? A Future for Performance Studies
12 June 2017, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Roundtable at the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network (CIPN)

Is God a Guy and are Angels Girls?
10 October 2017, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Buildng

Andrew Hammond, ​Ankur Barua, Rebecca Lees, Robin Osborne (Cambridge)Ayla Lepine (Essex), Peterson Feital (KCL) - Performance CIPN

19th C. Peep-shows Reimagined in the Digital Age
24 October 2017, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Buildng

Tony Lidington (Arts Evangelist/ Exeter) - Performance CIPN

Eastern Harmonies and Western Spaces
07 November 2017, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Buildng

Odissi Ensemble (Workshop) - Performance CIPN

The Gendered Lectern: Performing Authority
21 November 2017, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Buildng

Sarah Coakley, VictorIa Bateman (Cambridge), Carmen-Helena Telltez (Notre Dame), Ms Naz Yeni (Theatre Director)  - Performance CIPN

Narratives and Artificial Intelligence
23 January 2018, Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Stephen Cave, Beth Singler, Sarah Dillon, Kanta Dihal (CFI) - Performance CIPN

RASHDASH
06 February 2018, Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Helen Goalen, Abbi Greenland (RASHDASH) - Performance CIPN

POSTPONED: Mitre or Mao Cap: Archbishop Desmond Tutu as Performer – a Prescient Activism?
27 February 2018, Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building

John Allen (Communication Director South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission), Louise Blythe (BBC) - Performance CIPN

Postponed (15 May): Bach and Bodies
06 March 2018, Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Jamie Hawkey (Cambridge), Margaret Faultless (Cambridge), Bettina Varwig (KCL) - Performance CIPN

Mitre or Mao Cap: Archbishop Desmond Tutu as Performer – a Prescient Activism?
04 April 2018, Seminar room SG2, Alison Richard Building.

John Allen (Communication Director South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission), Louise Blythe (BBC) - Performance CIPN

A Certain Sense of Order
29 April 2018, Judith E Wilson Drama Studio, English Faculty, 9 West Road. 1-2pm Optional workshop

Tick Tock group - Performance CIPN

Bach and Bodies
15 May 2018, Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Jamie Hawkey (Cambridge), Margaret Faultless (Cambridge), Bettina Varwig (KCL), Bill Hunt - Performance CIPN

Masks, Face, Performance Identity in the Theatre of Surgery
17 May 2018, Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Femi Oyebode (Birmingham), Jan Parker (Cambridge), Emma Barnard (Artist) - Performance CIPN

Made in the Image of Man: Refracted Bodies
29 May 2018, Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Ola Sigurdson (Gothenburg), David Trippett (Cambridge) - Performance CIPN

Creative Futures and Being in Between: Prof Victoria Vesna
12 June 2018, Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Victoria Vesna (UCLA and North American editor of the AI and Society Journal) - Performance CIPN