The annual conference of members of the organisation Performance Studies International which consists of numerous performance programmes, practical sessions, workshops and installations.
Performance Studies international (PSi) is a professional association with a long tradition of the promotion of communications and exchange amongst artists, thinkers, activists and academics who work in the field of performance and performing arts.
The annual conference consists of numerous performance programmes, practical sessions, workshops and installations. It has an important role in the facilitating of the connections between scientists and practitioners who work in different places in the world and in the further development of our understanding of the subjects that are studied and the work which is created, as well as the studies of the performances themselves, from an international perspective. PSi conferences have the goal of encouraging the development of performance studies in the way that they are inclusive and enable those who participate in the transformation of what the studies of performance might be. These kinds of PSi events creatively explore new, often performative methods of staging interaction between theory and practice, local and global.
In 2020, PSi is organising the 26th-anniversary conference of the PSi network, whose numerous activities deal with the theme of the crisis of care and the possible answers to it with action and engagement. PSi#26: Crises of Care: Act, Respond, Engage is formed in six symposia developed around the current themes of migration, work, ecological collapse and the management of resources in the common, global society. Each symposium starts with a common fundamental question why does an act of care in times of crisis become a radical act and each forms a curatorial team of scientists and practitioners. A number of activities, from the presentations of scientific papers to performance forms and roundtables, encourages debate about the critical practices of care on various levels, from institutional to interpersonal, historical and hermeneutic, performative and pragmatic, with the aim of convergence, as well as productive divergence.