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.
  • Dr Manfred Schewe (

    Dr Elisa Serra Porteiro (

    Information about the members affiliated to this cluster will be added here soon.

    25-28 May 2017

    2nd Scenario Forum Conference

    Performative Spaces in Language, Literature and Culture Education

    2nd International SCENARIO Forum Conference marking 10 Years SCENARIO, Journal for Performative Teaching, Learning, Research A conference was organised in May 2017 to celebrate Scenario’s 10th anniversary and to respond to increasing signs of a performative shift in education and explore potential PERFORMATIVE SPACES in language, literature and culture-related pedagogical contexts.

    September 2014

    Inaugural Lecture Series

    Prof. Joëlle Aden (Université Paris-Est Créteil) delivered a lecture on Performative Approaches to Foreign and Second Language Education: Intercultural Contexts and Perspectives. Talk to mark the inauguration of the new research cluster Culture as Performance – Performance as Culture.