2019 Theme

The school’s objectives are to :

  • interrogate the embodied situated thinking that underpins practice based research;
  • question the ways in which the materiality of trace making informs research;
  • question how traces become artefacts which are shared across interdisciplinary and scientific communities.

Practical workshops and reflective seminars will address :

  • how the materiality of artistic practice can be used as a reflective tool?
  • how the physicality of creative research artefacts move beyond the performative moment of making?
  • how perceptual traces or artefacts can be shared between different scientific fields?

Organization of the week

Throughout the six-day intensive doctorate school, the attendees will have the opportunity to participate in different workshops and seminars. These include daily movement practice, performance experimentation, creative writing and map making workshops led by an international group of researchers and artists. This year the event will take place in the new Maison de la création et de l’innovation (MACI) our new building on the University of Grenoble Alps main campus and as well as in surrounding sites. Our new facility has specialized spaces for making and documenting practice based research and aims to support the ways in which the arts, humanities and the social sciences produce research in terms of process and product.

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For further information, please contact: sf-recherche-creation@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr

Scientific and Artistic Organizing committee

Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary (geographer, PACTE, UGA), Elizabeth Claire (historian, EHESS, CNRS), Anne Dalmasso (historian, LARHRA, UGA), Andrea Giomi (post doctorate, musician, Performance Laboratory, UGA), Laurent Gagnol (geographer, Université d’Artois), Catherine Hänni (biologist, LECA,CNRS, UGA), Jen Harvie (Theatre and performance, Queen Mary University of London), Inge Linder-Gaillard (art and architecture historian, École Supérieure d’Art et de Design, Grenoble),Lionel Reveret (technologies et services de l’information, INRIA), Gretchen Schiller (choreographer, Litt&Arts, UGA), Jean-Paul Thibaud (sociologist, UMR AAU/ Cresson, ENSAG)


Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary (geographer, PACTE, UGA), Elizabeth Claire (dance historian CNRS, CRH-EHESS), Anne Dalmasso (historian, LARHRA, UGA), Catherine Hänni (biologist, LECA, CNRS/UGA), Jen Harvie (theatre and performance scholar, Queen Mary University of London, UK), Leslie Hill (CURIOUS, UK;  Roeahampton University, UK),  François Laplantine (anthropologist, Université Lyon2), Laura Levin (performance scholar and artist, York University, Canada), Coralie Mounet (géographe, PACTE, CNRS), Helen Paris (CURIOUS, UK; Stanford University, USA), Stéphanie Pons (dancer, ADM mouvement), Philippe Rekacewicz (geographer, map maker), Lionel Reveret (technologies et services de l’information, INRIA), Gretchen Schiller (choreographer, Litt&Arts, UGA)


Public lectures

"The sensorial, the stage and the room. Ethnography, scenography, choreography." - Monday 17th of June at 18:30 p.m.

Conference by François Laplantine

When ethnography as sensory knowledge encounters artistic creation, there is an intensification and re-development of the sensory experience. Theater and to a greater extent, contemporary dance, allow us to reintegrate knowledges associated with the sensorial largely unrecognized by the Western thought. These two activities, like Asian traditions, are not so much about expressing forms as they are about capturing forces. They are animated by an energy of embodiment and exteriorization which raises a series of interrogations: the relation between the body and language, the ways of saying and not saying, the transformation of time into space.

If the question of that which is traced (notably choreographic images) are available for artists and spectators, the question of the trace is much more problematic in the live art. The latter cannot be strictly re-presented because it does not repeat itself exactly the same each night. It takes place differently each time as an event.

François Laplantine is an Honorary Professor at Lyon 2 University where he founded the Department of Anthropology. He is Doctor Honoris Causa of Salvador de Bahia and Paraiba universities. He is the author of about forty books. Last books:  Le Japon ou le sens des extrêmes, Pocket 2017, Penser le sensible, Pocket 2018.

"Collaborative Encounters with Performance Knowledge: Performance as Archival Research" - Wednesday, 19th of June at 18:00 p.m.

Jess Dobkin, Archival Magic, Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, New York, 2018

Conference by Laura Levin

This talk will explore artistic engagements with performance archives in the Americas – sites that serve as repositories of cultural memory and as rich resources for analyzing critical performance tactics and repertoires. Looking closely at the work of Canadian-based artists like Jess Dobkin, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, Tanya Lukin Linklater, and Tanya Mars, I will explore how performance practice can serve as a vital method for activating the archive – using embodied actions to re-member forgotten routes of hemispheric performance and histories of political artmaking. I also offer reflections on Conjuring the Archive, a research-creation project I am currently developing with Dobkin, an artist who has a long history of critically examining, through her practice, how performance documentation itself performs. Along the way, I will ask (in conversation with Dobkin): What does it mean to collaborate with an archive? How does this performative collaboration with archival documents and objects contribute to understandings of performance and its material insistence/persistence? How might performance as archival practice – through its conjurings or transmissions of material traces – participate in larger processes of meaning-making, magical thinking, and social transformation?

Laura Levin is an Associate Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies at York University in Toronto, and director of Sensorium, a research centre for experimentation at the intersection of performance and media arts. Her research focuses on genealogies of performance art, site-specific and urban intervention, intermedial and political performance. She is author of Performing Ground: Space, Camouflage, and the Art of Blending In; and co-editor of Conversations Across Borders; Theatre and Performance in Toronto; Choreographies of Assembly; and Performance Studies in Canada (among other publications). She is an editor with Canadian Theatre Review and Co-Investigator with the Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas. Levin has co-created several research-creation works, most recently collaborating with Jess Dobkin on Conjuring the Archive, a project activating performance art histories through creative embodiments.


"Knowledges by traces. From animal tracks to lines of urban desire." - Tuesday, 18th of June at 10:00 a.m.


Conference by Laurent Gagnol & Coralie Mounet

This talk will explore “knowledges by traces”, following Carlo Ginzburg’s work on the epistemology of traces and clues. Based on the analysis of hunting and pastoral knowledge, among the hunters and naturalists of the French Alps and in nomadic Sahara-Sahelian pastoral societies, we will highlight how this knowledge unfolds, in their attention to the clues, the traces of the pathways living beings and lines on the ground. This knowledge, initially built around animal tracks, can also relate to human practices. Urban lines of desire thus draw in space the spontaneous ways of human mobility in the city.

Coralie Mounet is a CNRS researcher in geography at the Pacte laboratory in Grenoble. Her research activities focus on the relationship between society and nature in a context of global change, and more specifically on the relationship between humans and animals. After studying the conflicts and controversies surrounding the management of “problem” animals during her PhD, she focused on negotiating “good distances” between humans and animals in monitoring and knowledge protocols of large mammals. In a comparative approach, she is now interested in various situations, from hunting activities to the preservation of nature in the city, to questions about wildlife in protected areas.

Laurent Gagnol is a geographer at the University of Artois and a member of the laboratory Discontinuities (EA 2468). For twenty years, his research has focused on a privileged field, the Sahara and the Sahel, particularly in Mauritania, Chad, Morocco and Niger, where he travels regularly. After completing a PHD thesis on the nomadism and sedentarisation of the Tuaregs of northern Niger, his research today tackles the question of natural resources, from pasture management to uranium mining, and particularly from the current Saharan gold rush. Mobilizing an approach in terms of cultural geography and political ecology, he is also interested in the theme of mobilities and traces, especially from the point of view of nomadic pastors.