Performance in Philosophy/Philosophy in Performance: How Performative Practices Can Enhance and Challenge the Teaching of Theory


  • Alice Lagaay Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen Bremen University
  • Jörg Holkenbrink Bremen University


What can performance do to enhance the teaching of theory? To what extent is philosophy a performance in itself, and how can certain performative strategies help make this tangible? Can the experience of fusing performance and philosophy help identify wider pedagogical issues within and beyond the boundaries of academia? What happens when the language of science (Wissenschaft) is confronted with the performative arts? What artistic methods can be applied so that people who are used to thinking about certain topics are drawn out of their comfort zone and brought into contact with unfamiliar topics that might, in turn, broaden the horizon and impact of their own theoretical reflection?

Author Biographies

Alice Lagaay, Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen Bremen University

Interim Professor for Media Studies and Cultural History at Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen

Previously Lecturer/Researcher in Philosophy Department, Bremen University

Co-founder of the Performance Philosophy Research Network,

Co-editor of the Performance Philosophy book series at Palgrave Macmillan (with Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca , Freddie Rokem and Will Daddario)

Jörg Holkenbrink, Bremen University

Director of Centre for Performance Studies

Bremen University

Artistic Director of Theater der Versammlung (Theater of Assemblage)