Report on a Day’s
Proceedings at the Initiative
for Directed Coopetition

Intimate Collaborations

This performative conference presentation foregrounded the ways in which speakers and attendees of scholarly gatherings collectively participate in a theatrical situation. The format borrowed from the conventions of both the academic lecture and the stage, incorporating PowerPoint visuals and a musical interlude featuring a projected Judy Garland crooning “Alone Together.” Opening with ten minutes of thank yous, we presented one-minute lectures followed by a series of variations on the Q & A: questions were answered with questions; baroquely detailed questions were volleyed at unwitting participants; and we concluded by speaking over one other as we tried to clamor out ever more questions.

Conference schedule, organized by Kaja Silverman