Beyond Text: Making and unmaking text across performance practices and theories was a three day participatory event which looked to expand the notion of the academic conference, by asking participants to present and respond. Our hope was that this direct and primary response-led work would open up discussion and offer productive cross-discipline exchange. We provided a performative academic forum: to explore the place of text in practice; the making and unmaking of the text; and the questioning of academic protocols by this destabilising of the text. We hoped participants would see how text functions in different practice-based disciplines and how to contextualise different notions of textuality.

This event brought together practice based postgraduate students from institutions across the uk. We invited 30 participants to engage in a series of performances, responses, workshops and conversations over the course of three days. Each participant was asked to contribute by performing, discussing or presenting their work. This event provided opportunities for practice-based researchers from different academic disciplines to engage in dialogue and knowledge transfer with their peers, and hopefully opened up possibilities for future collaborative and multi-disciplined events to take place.

Funded by Beyond Text, an AHRC programme
In association with Royal Holloway, University of London

Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Saturday 29th January 2011