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Between Institution and Intoxication: How does  Performance Philosophy Intervene?

4th Biennial Performance Philosophy Conference at the University of Amsterdam, Theatre Studies, Thursday 14 - Sunday 17 March 2019   

The organizers of the 4th biennial Performance Philosophy conference are pleased to announce the topic ​Between Institution and Intoxication: How does Performance Philosophy Intervene? Researchers and practitioners are invited to explore intoxicating ways of intervening in institutions. We welcome contributions on interventions into, within or beyond artistic, educational and academic institutions.

Taking place in Amsterdam in the year of the 50th anniversary of the so-called "tomato incident", in which a 1969 Amsterdam audience of theatregoers performed a historic intervention into the antiquated institution of Dutch theatre by pelting the stage with tomatoes, the conference takes as its themes intervention, institution and intoxication. Instead of celebrating this occasion we propose it as an opportunity to inquire into the contemporary utility of these concepts —i.e. beyond their counter-cultural legacy. 

In this conference we explore how the themes of Intoxication, Institutions and Intervention, the roots of which tend to be associated with the 1960’s, manifest themselves in contemporary philosophical discourses and performative practices as well as in a broader historical and geographical context.