About Performance 14/15: Performance Studies: here, (over) there, now
About Performance 14/15: Performance Studies: here, (over) there, now
Editors: Amanda Card and Justine Shih Pearson
University of Sydney Dept of Performance Studies
ISSN: 1324-6089

Issue No. 14/15 (2017): Performance Studies: here, (over) there, now, issue editor Amanda Card

This year, About Performance celebrates thirty years of the teaching of performance studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the University of Sydney – the journal’s home. To mark the occasion, we have produced a special issue, a double issue, with an oversized sixteen articles.

As editors of this edition, Justine Shih Pearson and Amanda Card cast the net wide in their call for abstracts; a shortlist was chosen by the Executive Editors of the journal, all current and former staff with the department, and together they collated an eclectic, yet representative, mix of papers which were peer reviewed by theatre and performance studies colleagues and fellow travellers. There are articles on butoh in Australia, immersive and site-specific performance in the United Kingdom, union parades in 1889, contemporary theatre in Ireland, phenomenology and performance, actors as manual philosophers, Body Weather and butoh, student theatre, fashion parades, Capetown music and patois, performance art in Detroit, and discussions about the history and state of performance studies here (in Australia), there (in other places), then (through history), and now.


  • 'The Anniversary Issue: Celebrating Thirty Years of Performance at the University of Sydney', Amanda Card
  • 'Punchdrunk, the Immersive, and Gothic Tourism', Mary Luckhurst
  • 'Watching, Waiting, Listening: Audio Obscura and the Perceptual Ecology of Non-place', Andrew Filmer
  • 'Derry: City and Cultural Capital', Paul Moore
  • 'The Sweater’s Baby and the Docker*#8217;s Cat: Performing Occupation of Public Space in the 1889 London Dock Strike', Sophie Nield
  • 'Word on the Street: Performing Language’s Multiple Belongings in the New South Africa', Carla Lever
  • 'Art-Object-Citizen: Mike Kelley?s Mobile Homestead in Detroit', Mary Anderson and Richard Haley
  • '“Things to Be Seen”: Spectacle and the Performance of Brand in Contemporary Fashion Shows', Rosie Findlay
  • '“This Is What I Had Been Looking For”: Australian Practitioners on Finding Butoh and Body Weather', Jasmine Robertson
  • Staging De Quincey: Soundscape and Literary Language in Tess de Quincey’s 'Ghost Quarters', Jane Goodall and Ian Stevenson
  • 'Corporeal Eidetics, Corporeal Hermeneutics, and Body Weather', Stuart Grant
  • 'Writing Experience. Addressing the Limits. Phenomenology of Performance', Jodie McNeilly-Renaudie
  • 'Ontological Queasiness: Antitheatricality and the History of Being', Daniel Johnston
  • '“We Are Seeing What We Saw Before”: The Ghosts of Student Theatre', Chris Hay

Special Section: 30 Years of Performance Studies at the University of Sydney

  • 'Parallel Evolution: Performance Studies at the University of Sydney', Ian Maxwell (Originally published in TDR/The Drama Review volume 50, issue 1, Spring 2006)
  • 'Interdisciplinary Field or Emerging Discipline?: Performance Studies at the University of Sydney', Gay McCauley (Originally published in Contesting Performance: Global Sites of Research (Palgrave Macmillan 2010), edited by Jon McKenzie, Heike Roms, and C.J.W.-L. Wee)
  • 'Globalisation, Transgression, and the Call to Performance Studies', Nien Yuan Cheng