Since Performance Studies international was founded in 1997, its conferences have tended to take place in North America and Western Europe (with the exceptions of conferences in New Zealand (2003), Singapore (2004), Croatia (2009) and forthcoming Shanghai (2014)). Being international, however, involves an understanding of performance research as a diversity of approaches that can be traced back to various practices in many different locations and contexts. A crucial question is how to engage with such a multiplicity of perspectives and sites of contestation.

 One of the mainsprings of the Fluid States project is to follow a “trajectory from global concerns to local issues and problems” (Rustom Bharucha, Theatre and the World: Performance and the Politics of Culture , 1993, p. 8) – i.e. from intercultural and international to intracultural and intraregional problems, practices and prospects. The Fluid States are therefore designed around a programmatic complexity that considers diverging and converging histories and actualities encompassing the lives and performances of the people in the places hosting the local events. The ‘glocal’ relevance of regional clusters might even challenge PSi’s future.

More than simply a series of conferences or festivals, Fluid States: Performances of UnKnowing is a multiple, hybrid and collaborative project. It invites and enables encounters between academics, artists and activists, emerging and established communities and organizations, in order to research interweaving or contesting cultures and the ecologies of these cultures’ performances. Fluid States are taking place in local languages as distinct local events. Conventional formats and communication structures of conferences and festivals are questioned and reimagined, allowing for local performance traditions to inform the events’ conception, organization and staging.

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