General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Performance in Contemporary Multicultural World
Language EN
Module lecturer prof. nadzw. dr hab. Juliusz Tyszka
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position profesor
Faculty Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Semester 2021/2022 (winter)
Duration 30


Module aim (aims)

To get theoretical knowledge of the development of new, emerging discipline of performance studies which can be applied to cultural analyses of up to date spectacle, performance (both live and mediatized) and also humanities in general.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


Week 1: The definition of a performance. Part one: performance and theatre.Week 2: The definition of performance: performance as general concept, performance art, street interventions and other avant-guarde performative activities.Week 3: The definition of performance, the birth of performance studies. Performance as generally contested concept. Week 4: Celebrities as performers: Michael Jackson in Warsaw, 1996.Week 5: Celebrities as performers – conclusions.Week 6: Rock concert as a performance: frontman/frontwoman as a performer.Week 7: Rock concert as a performance. “Great gigs in the sky”: from Pink Floyd to Madonna.Week 8: Sport as a performance. General overview.Week 9: Sport as a performance: rules and offenses.Week 10: Politics as a performance: mass gatherings, ceremonies and rituals.Week 11: Politics as a performance: politicians as performers.Week 12: A bit of practice: performance as a tool in team building.Week 13: Festivals of art: series of carnivalesque performances.Week 14: Media performances: TV news, TV series.Week 15: Media performances: talk shows, reality shows. Theoretical wrapping up: what performance studies are for.

Reading list

Carlson, Marvin, Performance: A Critical Introduction. London-New York 1996. Goffman, Erving, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. New York 1959 and other editions.McKenzie, Jon, Perform or Else: from discipline to performance. London, New York 2001.Schechner, Richard, Performance Studies. An Introduction. London, New York 2003. Turner, Victor, The Anthropology of Performance. New York 1988.Website of Performance Studies International: