PSi seeks new Directors!

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Performance Studies international (PSi) is a professional association founded to promote communication and exchange among artists, thinkers, activists and academics working in the field of performance. PSi represents this field and stimulates its development by initiating conferences and other events, by means of awards and bursaries, by facilitating the circulation of information and knowledge, through working groups dedicated to important issues in the field of performance research, by means of an archive and oral history project, and with a network and a lexicon aimed towards the further development of performance research and education in a global context.

The core of PSi as an organization is the Board of Directors. PSi’s directors’ commitment and willingness to invest time, attention, and work in developing PSi’s projects is important to ensure dynamic functioning of the board and the organization.

Currently we are seeking nominations for the following positions (a description of the respective roles can be found at the bottom of this message):

• Treasurer
• Secretary
• Development Officer

These board members will serve for three conference cycles, with organizational work to begin immediately upon appointment. The new board members will join President Sean Metzger, President-Elect Pil Hansen, and existing board members in regular collaborative work on projects, events, and opportunities with the purpose of increasing the visibility and institutional presence of PSi. The board meets in person every year at the annual conference and is otherwise in regular contact through digital means.

Nominees must be:

  • current PSi Members (to register, go to:;
  • able to attend annual PSi conferences in person;
  • available for regular online meetings and project updates (most times of the year, this means responding to email and other messages; however, during busy times, this can entail regular Skype meetings);
  • committed to diversifying performance studies and building a wide network of scholars and artists.

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Treasurer—duties include:

  • charge and custody of all funds and securities of PSi;
  • assist in the collection of all monies (including individual and institutional memberships);
  • distribute all payments (including bursaries);
  • maintain accounting records;
  • develop and manage budgets and financial plans with the President;
  • support the fundraising planning of the Development officer and the; and
  • perform other duties as requested by the board.
  • NOTE: we seek a US resident for Treasurer (because of our non-profit status and bank location in the US).

Secretary—duties include:

  • take all board and AGM meeting minutes;
  • maintain, follow-up on, and organize all correspondence within the board and from the board to the general membership:
  • facilitate board votes;
  • plan meetings and run board events with the President; and
  • perform other duties as requested by the board.
  • NOTE: this position works closely with the president. Strong fluency in English is helpful.

Development Officer—duties include:

  • develop and maintain a long-term fundraising plan for the organization with the President and the Treasurer;
  • develop strategies for fundraising, sponsorship and partnerships;
  • manage and advertise fundraising initiatives; and
  • research and apply for funding/partnership opportunities with the President.

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Candidates can self-nominate for this position and should send a cv, a 1-page application letter explaining what the candidate might bring to the position, and a letter of reference to the Secretary, Eero Laine ( [atmark] The deadline is July 22, 2020. A successful candidate will be immediately appointed to the board.