ECO SOMA workshop at UC Davis Performance Studies Symposium with Petra Kuppers

Petra Kuppers will join the Department of Performance Studies at UC Davis on Saturday, April 23, for a workshop on her book, ECO SOMA, as part of their 2022 Graduate Group Symposium.
  • ECO SOMA workshop at UC Davis Performance Studies Symposium with Petra Kuppers
  • 2022-04-23T10:00:00-05:00
  • 2022-04-23T11:30:00-05:00
  • Petra Kuppers will join the Department of Performance Studies at UC Davis on Saturday, April 23, for a workshop on her book, ECO SOMA, as part of their 2022 Graduate Group Symposium.
When Apr 23, 2022
from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where UC Davis Performance Studies, Room 107, Art Annex, Davis, CA 95616
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Modeling a disability culture perspective on performance practice toward socially just futures

Petra Kuppers will join the Department of Performance Studies at UC Davis on Saturday, April 23, at 10:00 a.m. for a workshop on her book Eco Soma: Pain and Joy in Speculative Performance Encounters. This event is part of the Performance Studies Graduate Group Symposium, a free event from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For in-person attendees, April 23 is Picnic Day 2022 at UC Davis. Please allow yourselves ample time to arrive on campus and to find parking.

The event will also be streamed online (Zoom link here).

In Eco Soma, Petra Kuppers asks readers to be alert to their own embodied responses to art practice and to pay attention to themselves as active participants in a shared sociocultural world. Reading contemporary performance encounters and artful engagements, this book models a disability culture sensitivity to living in a shared world, oriented toward more socially just futures.

"Petra Kuppers breathes us through connections between embodiment and the earth, weaving queer studies and disability studies into self-guided explorations. Her imagistic text evokes dancing—the pull of gravity and the shifting perspectives of bodies in flow. She moves, she writes, we respond to her autobiographical narratives of environmental spaces and social places." —Anita Gonzalez, cofounder, Racial Justice Institute, Georgetown University


"There is absolutely nothing like Eco Soma in any field. Petra Kuppers provides a much-needed model for what interdisciplinary arts-based research can be, and her work is always put into the context of the lived reality of minoritized communities. She shows us how to write about bodies as she does—unflinchingly, while maintaining respect and dignity." —Carrie Sandahl, director, Program on Disability Art, Culture, and Humanities, University of Illinois at Chicago