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Collectively and individually, Professors Kimberlee Pérez and Dustin Bradley Goltz will talk through key questions about the politics and relationality of “audience” in performance studies. This public event will consist of a two-tiered panel talk where both Perez and Goltz will discuss their current projects and the overlap that occurs specific to the “Other” and audience.
Goltz's current project looks at comic controversies and Internet outrage, and how communication aesthetics, identity, and the performativity of bodies are central, and often ignored, in how meanings are constructed by audiences. Goltz is an Associate Professor of Performance Studies in The College of Communication at DePaul University. His research explores issues of queer temporalities and futurity, queer popular culture, the performance of personal narrative, performative patterns of critique, and global LGBTQ media advocacy. He has authored several works, including Queer Temporalities in Gay Male Representation (Routledge 2009) and Queer Praxis: Questions For LGBTQ Worldmaking (2015).
Pérez's current project looks at the politics of intimacy and the shrinking of relationality within the context of neoliberalism. How might staged performance open possibilities to both examine and experience intimacy differently? Pérez is assistant professor in performance studies in the de-partment of communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs, researches and teaches in the areas of performance, and queer and femi-nist of color studies. Her interests include the politics of belonging and coalition, intimacy, personal narrative, and solo perfor-mance.