Rooted as much in the theory of action as in a theory of language, what could be called “the performance turn” draws from two general directions. One is performance studies with its connection to both theatre and anthropology. The other is the notion of performativity as seen in, for instance, Austin and Butler. It addresses on the one hand the role of performance in translation and on the other translation as performance. We view this as a transdisciplinary endeavor that covers language, literature, the visual and performing arts, social sciences, cultural studies, religion, communications, and digital and internet technologies, etc.. Another component of the diversity anticipated in this seminar series is the opportunity to explore our seminars’ theme within the translation and performance practices of sacred text traditions.
The four week-long seminars will be held in Misano Adriatico, Italy in cooperation with the San Pellegrino University Foundation. Each seminar will involve 10-20 participants and will be organized according to the particular exigencies of the series’ four sub-themes. Participants will interact through a variety of formats – both residentially and online: formal papers, open lectures, performance demonstrations, roundtable discussions, etc.. Beyond advancing a deeper understanding of the relationship of performance and translation, these seminars will result in publications, online courses, and workshops.