PSi Working Groups bring together individual researchers to exchange ideas about shared topics of interest. Working groups meet during the yearly conferences, and sometimes also organize additional conferences or other events in between the conferences. (Note: Working Groups need to meet at least every other year at a PSi conference in order to be considered an active PSi group.)

If you would like to propose a working group, please contact Jennifer Nikolai.


This group aims to support a critical praxis of socially engaged performance scholars. This praxis, to borrow Conquergood’s words, “struggles to open the space between analysis and action”. The group seeks to explore, stimulate and develop its members’ work through the sharing of practice, writing, ethical debate, collaborative research and embodied learning.


This group offers a meet-up and networking meeting at PSi conferences, for people interested in and engaged in community performance, community-based theatre, theatre for social change – we use a wide open definition, and mainly understand ourselves as a hosting space.


Founded by Laura Cull in 2008, the PSi Performance and Philosophy Group aims to encourage debate and collaboration between PSi members who have in common their engagement in philosophy as it intersects with performance.


Dramaturgy and Performance Studies Working Group will broadly consider the particular situation of dramaturgy in relation to performance studies. It will open new perspectives on dramaturgy that are not considered in theatre studies contexts nor in cognate fields of research such as literary studies. Meanwhile, it will also consider how the discipline of performance studies has developed alongside and in connection with the revived interest in contemporary dramaturgical practices.
Starting our inquiries are the questions:
What are the ideas and practices connecting performance studies and dramaturgy?
Is performance studies dramaturgical and how does dramaturgy (mis)perform in applying concepts and practices essayed within the performance studies paradigm?


The Performance in Historical Paradigms Working Group provides a dynamic forum for the discussion of performance studies methodologies for those who engage with multiple (inter)disciplinary paradigms and use performance theory to think historically, or think historically about performance.  


A primary concern of the Artistic Research Working Group (ARWG) is to encourage and expand artist participation on the ground in PSi and to expand and integrate a spectrum of discourse strategies into the PSi environment. During several years now ARWG has hosted a space and situation called the Porous Studio during the annual conference in order to invite, include, and engage artists from the neighboring region in addition to members of the Working Group to share their artistic research processes.


PSi Performance+Design Working Group (PSi_P+DWG) is a global network of artists, designers, architects and theorists focusing on interdisciplinary design performativity in all its creative and discursive machinations


This working group brings together scholars and artists with an interest in collaborations between performance (academic studies and practice) and science.

Big players in the field of science like CERN and NASA invest in collaborations with performance makers. Joint research projects demonstrate the potential of science-performance collaborations in a diversity of fields, including medicine, cognition, and robotics. Performance presents a key to understanding scientific research and practices of knowledge production past and present, while expanded notions of performativity, like McKenzie’s technoperformance and Barad’s posthuman performativity, afford new, situated, embodied, environmental and post-anthropocentric approaches to questions and issues of concern to both science and performance. These potentials and possibilities are the subject of the working group Performance & Science. Please join us if you would like to share your work in this area and learn more about the work others are doing.


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The working group is dedicated to exploring the intertwined relationship between theories and practices of performance and pedagogy. We consider philosophical implications and practical questions raised in relation to the enterprise of teaching not only in more established graduate programs but also in emerging undergraduate programs. Working in a field that professes to critically examine what it means to perform, how does that also necessitate a critical examination of what it means to educate?