Performance practice and ecofeminism: A diffractive approach for a transdisciplinary pedagogy

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This chapter explores what role pedagogy can play in transdisciplinary feminist research, particularly in the context of the growing field of feminist posthumanities and the renewed attention paid to the intersection between feminist and ecological concerns within it. To do so, it discusses how the transdisciplinary concept of diffraction – which has been a central figure in feminist new materialism – can be translated into the context of performance pedagogy as both topic of and method for learning. By theorising and documenting an undergraduate module in performance practice as a case study, the chapter discusses, first, workshop processes and, second, performance dramaturgy as modes of diffraction. Across these two focal points, it explores the ways in which the production of sensations in artistic work are a way of making more-than human and feminist differences intelligible, enacting new modes of ecofeminist worlding.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransdisciplinary Feminist Research
Subtitle of host publicationInnovations in Theory, Method and Practice
EditorsCarol Taylor, Jasmine Ulmer, Christina Hughes
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780429199776
ISBN (Print)9780367190040, 9780367500511
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2020


  • pedagogy
  • ecofeminism
  • practice-as-research
  • Performance
  • transdisciplinarity
  • transdisciplinary methods
  • Ecology
  • posthumanities


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