At the end of both final Workshops, A3 and B3, each group of participants brainstormed and discussed various forms the working group could take in the future. Interest was expressed in partcipants serving as as a resource to one another by sharing contact information and reaching out to each other for future meetings, events, projects, or discussions. Participants are also considering a collaborative publication. 









The invitation: The Performance and Pedagogy Group is forming anew. While we (Adelheid and Rumen) had already looked forward to inviting you to develop directions with us in person, in 2020, and then this summer, in Rijeka, we were instead immersed in online lives and education. This sharpened our thinking about our core interest, relating embodied knowing, institutional being, and imaginative doing, as and through pedagogy and performance. We assume that performing/performance engenders specific ways of knowing. At the same time, organizations/institutions, including their architectural, textual and digital platforms are formal and informal rule systems that codify forms of being. Therefore, we want to explore how doing in performance, as participants understand it, currently does and in the future could inform institutions of pedagogy. Here, we think of academia as much as of education and emancipation narratives within performance and the performing arts. 


In order to address the above, we will host a series of online sessions, proposing multiple platforms and modes of interaction, by which to investigate permutations of the question how knowing in performing shapes performance pedagogies and the institutions that house and deploy them. To facilitate these sessions, we will first seed a Research Catalogue site with questions and materials. We will then host two sets of global workshops, each made up of three, biweekly sessions. Each session will be documented and shared before the next meeting, so participants can choose to work through all three sessions, or join anytime during the sequence. During workshops, we will be moving between Zoom, Jamboard, and Google docs, hoping you will be moved to draw, perform, collect and share ideas that emerge in this way. 

We are hoping that you will be interested in helping to shape the Working Group Performance and Pedagogy going forward. For this year, we aim to create a foundation for ongoing inquiry, documented in our Research Catalogue pages.

Platforms: Zoom, Google docs, Jamboard, Vimeo, ResearchCatalogue 

Times: To accommodate global time zones, we offered two, three-session workshop series, on alternating weekends. Times listed here are UTC/GMT-5, or CDT. Here is a time zone converter. 









Organised by the Working Group Performance and Pedagogy, Adelheid Mers and Rumen Rachev

This workshop is part of 2021 Performance Studies international.* 

Institutions of Pedagogy: Performing Ways of Knowing (Two Global Workshops and a Repository) 

Workshop A1Saturday, June 19, 2021, 8-10pm UTC/GMT - 5 (CDT)

Workshop A2Saturday, July 3, 2021, 8-10pm UTC/GMT - 5 (CDT)

Workshop A3, Saturday, July 17 8-10pm UTC/GMT - 5 (CDT)

Three Workshops A

Workshops A3 and B3 considered the topics of Being and Governance. Participants were invited to think about their imagined, 'ideal' positions within an organization or institution. In Zoom breakout rooms, we spoke about which skills or experiences we would be most interested in contributing to a future organization. After sharing these ideas with the group, we used the digital platform Jamboard to write imagined positions on digital sticky notes and rearranged the notes to visualize a collectively imagined organization. This session concluded with reflections on the previous sessions as well as a discussion of future meetings and the PSi conference in 2022. Review the videos and the screenshot of the Jamboard below.

Workshops A2 and B2 were centered on the topic of Doing. At the the end of sessions A1 and B1, all participants had been invited to bring objects to faciltate discussion for this second workshops. We worked one-on-one in Zoom breakout rooms to develop group exercises from the objects and identified connections between the group processes. We also used the terms and ideas collected during A1 and B1 meetings to continue to populate a collaborative Google document, organizing and archiving ideas for reflection in prepartion of Workshops A3 and B3. Review the videos and the screenshots of the collaborative documents below.

Workshops A1 and B1 were focused on the topic of Knowing. Participants were asked to join one-on-one Zoom breakout rooms to discuss the prompt - "What is an ecological view of the art world?" After sharing our one-on-one, and then two-on-two discussions with the group, we referenced personal expertise and experience in our fields to populate a collaborative Google document, a key word sorter, followed by organizing these ideas into three groups in preparation for Workshops A2 and B2. Review the videos and a screenshot of the keyword sorter below. 

Please email with expressions of interest, questions and suggestions: per.ped.psi@gmail.com



The working group compiled a list of resources such as texts, videos, performances, and other materials as they referenced key ideas identified during the workshops. The Resource List is an ongoing document where workshop participants and non-participants can view, edit, and add links to the document.

Click here to access the Resource List


The 2021 graduate research assistants read supplemental texts, co-facilitated and participated in workshops, and created individual memos reflecting on each session.  Please feel free to add comments and questions throughout the document, to share insight s on the one-on-one conversations and learning experiences that could not be captured by video or image.

Click here to access the Research Assistant memos and additional materials.

Workshop B3Saturday, July 24, 2021, 10am-12pm UTC/GMT - 5 (CDT)

Workshop B2Saturday, July 10, 2021, 10am-12pm UTC/GMT - 5 (CDT)

Workshop B1Saturday, June 26, 2021, 10am-12pm UTC/GMT - 5 (CDT)

Three Workshops B