Call for participation: Performance Philosophy Problems, Helsinki 9.-12.6 2021


How Does Performance Philosophy Collaborate?

9–12 June 2021 in Helsinki

The fifth international conference on performance philosophy is hosted by University of the Arts Helsinki, and it is arranged in collaboration with the Performance Philosophy network.

Performance Philosophy Problems 2021 (PPP 2021) asks: what kinds of problems does working in the field of performance philosophy lead us to encounter and to articulate, and what tools does it provide to face them? The conference invites its participants – artists, philosophers, scholars, artist-researchers and performance philosophers, regardless of their particular genre, school or discipline – to articulate the range of performance philosophy problems whose treatment calls for dialogue and collaboration between philosophy and the performing arts:

– What kinds of problems in the contemporary world require an interdisciplinary dialogue between philosophy and performance, philosophers and performing artists? How has our way of articulating problems in these fields changed as a result of unfolding global catastrophes?

– What kind of burning or smouldering problems does the contemporary or historical field of performance present to you as an artist, researcher, performer, spectator or educator? What are their philosophical implications, and how can philosophy help to face them?

– Is there thinking within performance that presents problems that standard philosophy cannot approach, let alone solve? Are there philosophical problems that can only be detected and processed in and through performance philosophy?


PPP 2021 welcomes two types of proposals: (1) individual and panel proposals or (2) key group proposals.

For more information and for submitting your proposal, please visit the conference webpage:

The deadline for all proposals is 15 December 2020.