Performance Studies international #12

School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London, in collaboration with East End Collaborations and the Live Art Development Agency (UK)

14–18 June 2006

What can performance do for human rights, and human rights for performance?

PSi #12: Performing Rights will present an integrated schedule of conference and contextualising events.

The Performing Rights Conference will comprise plenary sessions, curated panels, papers and presentations, in which contributors will engage with the political, aesthetic and philosophical dimensions of the relationship between performance and human rights, on topics ranging from public and collective acts of insurrection to the intimacies and fragility of individual freedom and subjectivity.

Performing Rights Events will include performance interventions, presentations, installations, screenings and displays. There will be invited presentations, artist led laboratories, site experimentations and spontaneous interactions. These will attempt to create a context for exploring the role of performance and the responsibilities of artists in effecting political, social and cultural change. We aim to illuminate the creative strategies that artists and activists use to communicate issues of human rights and to empower artists, activists and audiences to be able to make a difference.


Queen Mary, University of London
Queen Mary, University of London is one of the very few city-based campus universities in the UK. The College is situated in the heart of the East End, an area of London with a rich past, but also one which has become one of the capital's most vibrant and exciting areas today.

Arts and Humanities research at Queen Mary is regarded as some of the very best in the UK. Drama at Queen Mary has a particular emphasis on live art, contemporary performance and theatre for social change .

Live Art Development Agency
The Live Art Development Agency is the leading development organisation for Live Art in the UK and works in partnership with practitioners, venues and institutions on artist and programme initiatives. The Agency develops strategies for increasing popular and critical awareness; provides practical information and advice; and offers opportunities for dialogue, debate, research and training.

East End Collaborations
East End Collaborations (EEC) responds to the professional development needs of graduates and emerging artists working with Live Art and based in London by offering information, advice and expertise and the opportunity to showcase work in an annual open submissions platform. East End Collaborations is collaboration between Queen Mary, University of London and the Live Art Development Agency.

Programme committee
Queen Mary, University of London

  • Lois Weaver (Chair)
  • Maria Delgado
  • Jen Harvie
  • Paul Heritage
  • Caoimhe McAvinchey
  • Nicholas Ridout
  • Morag Shiach
  • Gregor Turbyne
  • Pat Healey
  • Martin Welton

Live Art Development Agency

  • Lois Keidan
  • Daniel Brine

East End Collaborations

  • Rose Sharp


  • Adrian Heathfield

If you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact the conference organisers.


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