Culture as Performance – Performance as Culture

This cluster will explore the dynamic relationship between creative practice and cultural analysis.

Specific research areas include:

  • The notion of creative practice: what does it mean to create?
  • Theories of performativity.
  • • The interrelationship between Modern Languages and the “aesthetic field” (including theatre, film, music, visual art, dance, performance art).
  • The relationship between translation, performance and identity; the practice of translation for the stage. The ways in which theatre and performance cultures travel within and beyond national boundaries.
  • Theatre text and performance: cross-fertilization and cross-contamination. Feminist, philosophical, psychoanalytical and pedagogical approaches to the theatre text in contemporary European contexts.
  • Elements of an ”aesthetics of the performative”, including Presence/Co-presence, Spatiality, Physicality, Sound/Voice, Rhythm, Emergence.
  • The theory and practice of performative teaching and learning.

Contact: Prof. Manfred Schewe (

Inaugural Lecture by Prof. Joelle Aden

Friday, September 25th, 2015  – 10 a.m.
(Alfred O’Rahilly Building, G27)

Prof Joelle Aden, Université Paris-Est Créteil, will give a lecture on

Performative Approaches to Foreign and Second Language Education – Intercultural Contexts and Perspectives 

to mark the inauguration of the new research cluster

Culture as Performance – Performance as Culture

in the Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages and Cultures (CASiLaC).

Her lecture will be followed by a workshop and several presentations as part of the one-day 2nd SCENARIO FORUM SYMPOSIUM. For details see below (for updates click here).


Towards a Performative Teaching and Learning Culture

University College Cork Friday, September 25, 2015

Dr. John Crutchfield, Free University of Berlin
Micha Fleiner, University of Education, Freiburg
Dr. Roisin O’Gorman, University College Cork
Jennifer Rogers, University College Cork
Elisa Serra Porteiro, University College Cork

Schedule for Symposium Contributions
Venue: Alfred O’Rahilly Building G27

11.30 – 13.00 Workshop
Dr John Crutchfield (Free University, Berlin)
Creative Writing and Performance in the EFL Classroom

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 15.00
Micha Fleiner (University of Education, Freiburg)
Performative Teacher Training: Status quo and future perspectives

15.00 – 15.30
Dr Roisin O’Gorman (University College Cork)
And yet it moves: a happy-go-lucky reflection on movement strategies for performative teaching and learning

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 – 16.30
Jennifer Rogers (University College Cork)
Initial Thoughts on Playwriting Practice within the Emerging Landscape of Performative Research

16.30 – 17.00
Elisa Serra Porteiro (University College Cork)
Communicating Vessels: Researching Theatre Translation, Teaching Translation and Theatre

17.00 – 17.30 Final Discussion