Theory, Database, Performance: New Developments in Collaborative Scholarship

Developed through the GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation
University of Pennsylvania, 2013

Theory, Database, Performance investigates historical and contemporary models of performative presentation within the academy, with the goal of developing new modes of scholarly presentation. Our research examines the historical development of the academic presentation as well as how innovations within that format have occurred. This historical scope enables the endeavor of “denaturalizing” the academic presentation. Our study points to the fact that today’s academic formats – the keynote lecture, the conference presentation, the panel discussion, etc. – have a history and thus require innovation.

The project culminated in a digitized archive of historical and contemporary performative scholarship, a poster representing our findings, and a performance delivered during the fellowship reception held at the University of Pennsylvania.