Performance Research Issue 22.5 ‘On Names’ Out Now!

Issue editors: Konstantina Georgelou & Janez Janša

Prompted by the pervasive operation of names, which on the one hand act as empty signifiers and on the other ‘fix’ subjects within their cultural and social environments, this issue brings together a variety of contributions that explore the performativity, agency and problematics of names. On Names addresses issues around centring and decentring subjectivities through naming and asks what one can (un)do with names by means of art and performance. Ranging across recent political debates, astronomy, authorship, scholarship, procedures of renaming and artistic pseudonyms, the articles collected in this issue urge us to consider how names ‘capture’ us and at the same time generate different modes of agency and possibilities for political intervention.e.

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