Call for proposals and ideas

Thank you to everyone who sent in paper and panel proposals. The call is now closed.

Performance Studies International #12
Queen Mary, University of London, in collaboration with East End Collaborations and the Live Art Development Agency (UK).

15-18 June 2006

PSi #12: Performing Rights
What can performance do for human rights, and human rights for performance?

PSi #12: Performing Rights will be a gathering of artists, activists and academics who are making and researching performance that declares its interest and intent within the field of Human Rights. PSi #12 is being approached as a festival of creative dialogues investigating the boundaries and relationships between Human Rights and performance and will present an integrated schedule of conference and contextualising events.

The PSi #12: Performing Rights contextualising programme will include research and resource materials, performances, interventions, new media presentations, installations, screenings, displays, artists led laboratories 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.

The contextualising activities for PSi #12 will include the following strands:

A Library of Materials: A space housing resource and research materials including publications, videos, DVDs, CDROMs, brochures, digital and web based initiatives, and real and virtual archives. Through these, and other new media, the Library will explore and enable the documentation and transmission of performance in relation to human rights.

A Manifesto Room: A 24 hour a day space in which interventions, interactions, experimentations, activations, declarations and polemics will be presented, performed and posted and where new media and web based interventions and international input will be actively solicited.

Presentations: A programme of live events illustrating the possibilities of performance as a generative force for action, agency, illumination, embodiment, illustration, intervention, and protest through the strategies of visibility , empowerment , activism and representation.

Call for Proposals and Ideas

PSi #12 Performing Rights are inviting proposals, recommendations and ideas for all aspects of the contextualising programme from artists, activists, curators and commentators throughout the world.

We are interested in receiving recommendations and proposals about performance and new media projects, initiatives, publications, videos, websites, events, networks, organisations that are concerned with, or informed by, issues of Human Rights. We particularly welcome information about artists, projects and initiatives that it may not be possible to research through conventional channels.

Proposals, ideas and recommendations should be forwarded to:

PSi #12/ Contextualising Events
School of English and Drama
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
E1 4NS, UK
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PSi #12: Performing Rights organisations:

Queen Mary, University of London, is a campus university in London's East End, only twenty minutes by tube from the city centre. 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.

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; 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 (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 between Queen Mary, University of London and the Live Art Development Agency.

Performance Studies International (PSi) [new window] is an international organisation founded in 1997 to promote communication and exchange among scholars and practitioners working in the field of performance.


Lois Weaver Lois Keidan and Daniel Brine
PSi #12 Live Art Development Agency
School of English & Drama Rochelle School
Queen Mary, University of London Arnold Circus
Mile End Road London E2 7ES
London E1 4NS Telephone:   + 44 020 7033 0275
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