Collection Title: Interview series : What is performance studies?
Title: Interview with Patrick Anderson
Alternate Title: Patrick Anderson
Date: 2007 Nov. 10
Location: Filmed in New York, NY, on November 10, 2007.
Work Type: Interview.
Credits:
Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, producer.
Cast/Performers:
Patrick Anderson, interviewee ; Diana Taylor, interviewer.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:05:43
Language: English
Synopsis: Interview with Patrick Anderson, conducted by Marcial Godoy-Anativia, associate director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. This interview is a part of a series curated by the Hemispheric Institute, articulated around the question 'What is Performance Studies?' The series aims to provide a multifaceted approach to the often difficult task of defining the coordinates of both a field of academic study as well as a lens through which to assess and document cultural practice and embodied behavior. The contingent definitions documented in this series are based on the groundbreaking experiences and the scholarly endeavors of renowned figures in contemporary performance studies and practice.Patrick Anderson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego, where he is also affiliated with the Critical Gender Studies Program and the Ethnic Studies Department. Anderson graduated from the School of Communication of Northwestern University with a double major in Performance Studies and Anthropology, received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research on ritual performance in Sri Lanka, earned an M.A. in Cultural Studies/Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies (with a designated emphasis in women, gender, and sexuality) at the University of California-Berkeley. His background includes training and experience in theater and dance, film, cultural studies, queer and gender studies, ethnic studies, political geography, psychoanalysis, and anthropology. Bridging the fields of performance studies and cultural studies, Anderson's work explores enactments of violence and productions of political subjectivity within institutional domains including the prison, the clinic, the gallery, and the theater. His first book, So Much Wasted (currently in revision), explores hunger striking, anorexia nervosa, and staged fasts as spectacular, radically charged practices that attempt to intervene in ideological state sovereignty. His second book, Violence Performed, a collection of essays co-edited with Jisha Menon, interrogates violence as performance and performative in contemporary global politics. His next project, Against Empathy, argues for a radical re-thinking of how and why empathy underwrites both performance practice and multiculturalist discourse in contemporary American cultural politics.
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