The PSi Lexicon is a living project that aims to reflect the changing discourses of Performance Studies as their concepts travel between places, times, languages and people. PSi members and the public are invited to visit the site and navigate through the concepts with which we make performance studies. The Lexicon is open for new entries from PSi members.
The Lexicon was created in response to the international diversity of Performance Studies international and the disciplines it engages. Being international is not a given but a challenge, one that manifests in the languages we use, and how they influence the concepts through which we engage with artistic and scholarly inquiry. The Lexicon reflects how our work can be strengthened by the overlap and tensions between our regional perspectives and understandings.
The Lexicon sprang from the PSi Regional Research Cluster ‘Encounters in Synchronous Time’ (Athens, November 2011), where 8 Greek artists and theorists presented a lexicon for performance studies in Greek, offering 24 entries, one for each letter of the Greek alphabet. Then past PSi President, and speaker in the event, Maaike Bleeker invited the curatorial team of the Cluster in Athens to work on an expanded multi-lingual lexicon for PSi’s website, which was available online from 2012-2019. In 2021, a new website was created, re-envisioning the Lexicon as a living and continuously expanding project.
The Lexicon tracks some of the concepts we use and the ways they change; it serves as an archive of ever-shifting terms and the elasticity of their usage. It is edited and maintained by the current Lexicon Officer, Jane Frances Dunlop.