Interview with Patrick Anderson (2007)
Patrick Anderson is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, Critical Gender Studies, and Communication at the University of California, San Diego. Anderson holds a BS in Performance Studies and Anthropology from Northwestern University; an MA in Communication Studies and Cultural Studies from UNC Chapel Hill; and a PhD in Performance Studies (with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality) from UC Berkeley. A former Fulbright Scholar in Sri Lanka, Anderson's research, teaching, and activism bridge the fields of Performance Studies and Cultural Studies. His book So Much Wasted: Hunger, Performance, and the Morbidity of Resistance (Duke University Press 2010) explores hunger striking, anorexia nervosa, and staged fasts as spectacular, radically charged practices that attempt to intervene in ideological state sovereignty. His book Violence Performed: Local Roots and Global Routes of Conflict (Palgrave/Macmillan 2009), a collection of essays co-edited with Jisha Menon, interrogates violence as performance and performative in contemporary global politics. He is currently completing two more books: Autobiography of a Disease, and Empathy's Others. Anderson is the co-editor, with Nicholas Ridout, of the "Performance Works" book series at Northwestern University Press.X
Marcial Godoy-Anativia: So, hello, Patrick. Thank you for joining us. If you could introduce yourself briefly, please.
Patrick Anderson: Okay, I’m Patrick Anderson. I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Affiliate in Ethnic Studies and Critical Gender Studies at University of California San Diego. My PhD is in Performance Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Berkeley. And currently I’m spending a year at Stanford in the Department of Drama.
Marcial: Great. So tell us, if can you talk a little bit about how you understand performance studies as a field, or discipline, or post-discipline?
“Performance studies constitutes various kinds of opportunities and calls us into various kinds of responsibilities or obligations that are political in nature. The opportunities that performance studies and performance theory give us are to think about things that are not, that were not created with the intention of being self-consciously staged.”
Marcial: Great. And how about your own research?
Patrick: My first book
Anderson, Patrick. 2010. So Much Wasted: Hunger, Performance, and the Morbidity of Resistance. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.X, which is approaching, is on hunger striking and other forms of self-starvation. There’s a lot of writing on hunger striking, political demonstrations, anorexia, staged fasts, and so on, but for me thinking about performance in those contexts sort of returns the question of embodied experience, consciousness, duration into those scenes. So performance helps think more deeply through these demonstrations of political argument. And, you know I was just talking about obligation so, as my mentor Dwight Conquergood taught me, and has taught many of us, I think, we are ethically obligated to think about these things performatively and as performance. And we are ethically obligated to follow through on our work, so that it doesn’t remain housed in libraries and university offices and so on. So that second turn in my own work is just as important as the first. Performance isn’t merely an allegory for thinking about prison strikes, but requires that we pay attention to how scholarship has effects that impinge directly upon the scenes we’re thinking about.
Marcial: Right yeah, well, no, that’s very useful, very insightful. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with us.
Patrick: Sure, thank you, this is a great project.
|Previous page on path||English, page 1 of 30||Next page on path|