Diana Taylor

Diana Taylor
Résidents Labex RFIEA+
pas Eurias

dates de séjour

01/03/2017 - 30/06/2017


Arts et études des arts

Fonction d’origine


Institution d’origine

Université de New York (États-Unis)

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

Political Spectatorship in the Americas

Political Spectatorship in the Americas is a book-length analysis of how embodied, mass media, and online spectatorship functions as a political act. By exploring current political practices with a new perspective—geographic (Americas) and methodological (embodied, mass media, online)—my study focuses on the convergence of theoretical debates on vision (art/film/photography), witnessing (trauma studies), spectatorship (performance/media studies), gender and critical race theory. After providing a brief overview of the psychoanalytic, neuroscientific and philosophical aspects of vision, I concentrate on its political dimensions—the ways in which the practice of spectatorship is constituted, the overlaps between embodied and mediated seeing, how the mass media (i.e., television, film) and digital technologies complicate previous notions of “liveness,” presence, aura, charisma, identification, participation, and human agency. Re-examining political spectatorship through the lens of theatre and performance studies allows me to explore the historical conditions that gave rise to both the western model of a representative democracy and theatrical representation at the same place and time. Theatre and politics are not metaphors for each other but, rather, profoundly interrelated systems of representation and negotiation.


Diana Taylor is University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at NYU. She has also been invited to participate in discussions on the role of new technologies in the arts and humanities in important conferences and commissions in the Americas (i.e. ACLS Commission on Cyberinfrastructure). Taylor is the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005, an ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship, 2013-14. She is Vice President of the Modern Language Association (MLA) and will be President in 2017. Diana Taylor is founding Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, funded by the Ford, Mellon, Rockefeller, Rockefeller Brothers and Henry Luce Foundations.