Performance Research: 23.1 ‘On Children’

Issue editors: Adele Senior and The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home

On Children features critical analyses and practice-research interrogations on the politics and aesthetics of children in performance. It gathers new insights from international researchers and artists who work with children and seeks to draw up some of the epistemological and ontological borders of the child and childhood in relation to both historical and contemporary conceptualizations of children. Moving beyond well-established pedagogical paradigms of children’s participation in performance within the field, the issue poses questions of adult–child transvestism; queering children; the political and cultural rights of children; children as activists and collaborators; and children and radical immanence. Transnational in scope, with contributions from Australia, Canada, Greece, India, Italy, the Netherlands, the USA and the UK, this issue charts the multifaceted work of children in a wide range of performance practices as well as corresponding theoretical approaches across the fields of philosophy, gender studies, psychoanalysis, childhood studies, feminism, disability studies and political theory. On Children opens up new ways of working with and critically reflecting on children in performance.


At the moment that ‘On Children’ was being published, news organizations were reporting appalling images of refugee children in cages at the US border.

As editors of an issue that depended for its very creation on the participation and contribution of children – and at its very heart is concerned with children’s rights – the editors of ‘On Children’ felt that what was happening in the US was something that could not be ignored.

Editor Adele Senior has set up a Facebook fundraising page for KIND (Kids in Need of Defense) a US non-profit organziation that serves as the leading organization for the protection of children who enter the US immigration system alone and strives to ensure that no such child appears in immigration court without representation. It aims to achieve fundamental fairness through high-quality legal representation and by advancing the child’s best interests, safety and well-being.

C/PR will donate any profit made from sales of the issue through its bookshop to the campaign. If you wish to make a donation via C/PR please add an extra amount to the funds that you send for the purchase of the issue and the profit plus your additional payment will be transferred to the fund. 

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