Call for abstracts

Context and Background

Roland Barthes refers to research processes that are based on the unity of their groups of authors, rather than a theme, and he specifically focuses on groups comprising postgraduate students. The success of a piece of research, he posits, does not lie in its ‘result’ (publication), as is usually believed, but in its reflexive nature. Therefore, the early (more reflexive perhaps) stages of research are not necessarily less important than the latter stages, its conclusions. To create space for the presentation of young subjects’ initial research means for Barthes to combat repressions and release not only those ‘young presenters’, the authors of the texts, but also their readers, who are similarly caught up in the division of specialized languages.

Drawing on Barthes’s ideas, ‘Performance Philosophy: The Young’ constitutes a platform dedicated to young critical voices, aiming to facilitate an exchange of ideas and practices related to performance philosophy between international MA students of very distinct art programmes from six European Academic Institutions: University of Antwerp (BE), ArtEZ (NL), Justus Liebig University of Giessen (GE), University of Groningen (NL), University of Roehampton (UK) and University of Utrecht (NL).

The event will take place on the 7th and 8th February 2014 in Groningen and will be open to the public. It will include two keynote lectures, a series of student-led panels followed by responses and Q&A sessions, and a closing roundtable with the participation of members of staff from all institutions involved.

Confirmed keynote speakers of the event include Dr. Pascal Gielen (University of Groningen, NL) and Prof. Dr. Bojana Kunst (Justus Liebig University of Giessen, GE).


We invite students from the six institutions involved to submit proposals (300 words max.) and a short bio (50 words max.) for paper presentations, panels or other experimental modes of research presentation, related to the work undertaken in the frame of their studies. More specifically, we are interested in the ways that philosophical thinking and the arts meet.

Although not limited to the below, presentations may, for example, discuss:

  • concepts in theory and practice
  • dramaturgical practices or paradigms of practise-as-research where theoretical and artistic ideas intertwine
  • suggestions for understanding practice through theory/theorizing practice
  • suggestions for expanding philosophical concepts and ideas through artistic practices and the works of specific artists
  • critical theory, aesthetics and performance

Please email your proposals or any questions to:
Deadline for proposals: Monday 11 November 2013

We aim to respond to all applicants by the end of November 2013.
A provisional conference programme will be announced in early January 2014.

Co-Curation: Dr Danae Theodoridou, Dr Efrosini Protopapa, Dr Konstantina Georgelou
Organizing team: Anna Buskens, Annemiek Lely, Daphne Smets, Francine Nijp, Leen van der Meiden, Romana Fennema

Note on attendance costs:
Attendance of the conference is free. Visiting students will be offered free accommodation by students of the University of Groningen, whereas other accommodation options (hotels, hostels, etc) can be sent to those interested. Additionally, we might be in a position to offer up to 2 student bursaries to assist with travel expenses (details to follow in mid-November).