[csaa-forum] Seminar at UNSW, Thursday 22 October: 'The Materiality of Meaning', Maaike Bleeker

Collin Chua c.chua at unsw.edu.au
Fri Oct 16 13:18:54 ACST 2015

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The Materiality of Meaning:
Encounters between
Performance Studies and Science

Thu 22 October, 5 - 6.30pm
Robert Webster Building, Room 327

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Recent traditions such as posthumanism and new materialism propose that non-humans and matter are active participants in processes of signification, so that humans do not give meaning to matter, but matter and meaning co-constitute each other. Bruno Latour and others propose to conceive of these processes in terms of a network of interactions between human and non-human actors. Not only scientists perform, so do their instruments and the objects under investigation. Karen Barad, speaking about quantum physics, goes as far as to state that matter is as active as our interpretative frameworks, so that we do not give meaning to matter, but matter and meaning co-constitute each other.

Science and performance studies represent different ways of approaching this intertwining. My presentation explores the possibilities for, and potential of, a joint perspective.

Maaike Bleeker is a professor of Theatre Studies at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She is the author of Visuality in the Theatre (Palgrave, 2008), has published extensively in international journals and edited volumes, and edited several books including Performance and Phenomenology: Traditions and Transformations (Routledge, 2015). She is president of Performance Studies international.

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