Contesting Performance: Global Sites of Research by Jon McKenzie, Heike Roms, C. J. W.-L. Wee (eds.)

By Jon McKenzie, Heike Roms, C. J. W.-L. Wee (eds.)

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However, as Marvin Carlson has warned, ‘almost every aspect of university organization operated and still operates according to disciplinary lines – hirings and promotions of faculty, admission and training of students, representation on administrative committees’ (Carlson, 2001: 139). The conservative force that such departmental structures exert on disciplinary and interdisciplinary development needs to be recognized, and departments such as performance studies have to be alert to the risk Interdisciplinary Field or Emerging Discipline?

But they place their highest hopes in ongoing performance practices and artistic networks, such as a roundtable called ‘Panic Buttons: Crisis, Performance, Rights,’ where artists, activists, and academics from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand developed an ongoing Contesting Performance in an Age of Globalization 17 and dynamic network for dialogue and exchange that would have been impossible, according to Langenbach and Rae, if located wholly within the university setting. Privileging such regional ‘hybrid events,’ they call for a wide, regionally based understanding of the field of performance research that reaches beyond the walls of the academy.

Trajectories: Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (London and New York: Routledge, 1998). Delbanco, A. ,’ New York Times Magazine (30 September 2007). Graff, G. Beyond the Culture Wars: How Teaching the Conflicts can Revitalize American Education (New York: W. W. Norton, 1993). ) ‘Special Topic: Globalizing Literary Studies,’ PMLA, 116:1 (2001). Katzenstein, P. J. ) A World of Regions: Asia and Europe in the American Imperium (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2005). Lindsay, J. ) Between Tongues: Translation and/of/in Performance in Asia (Singapore: Singapore University Press, 2006).

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