After ten years of this research, we have begun
better to understand the epistemological and methodological demands
appropriate to the research on performance. The September 2005
conference which marks the tenth year anniversary of Ethnoscenology
will be an occasion for further reflection on these developments.
We will discuss the relationship between the tangibility of human
perception and the conceptualization of human experience, a question
which has been discussed in the domain of classical anthropology;
however, we will consider how further to ameliorate certain disputed
aspects of this classical research in anthropology which has been
exposed notably for instituting (since its inception in the 19th
century) a racist and colonialist methodological bias.
The final day of the conference will be dedicated
to the theme of “Transdisciplinarity: at the frontiers of research,” during
which time we will promote an interdisciplinary dialogue about
how to approach the problem of academic and cultural ethnocentrism
in our research.
The future of Ethnoscenology depends on the
decompartmentalization of the arts, specifically theater studies,
and a willingness therein to reach beyond one’s disciplinary
specialty and thus to solicit knowledge and expertise in other
areas of research. If Ethnoscenology has provoked such an interest
on the part of the new generations of researchers, it is because
Ethnoscenology refuses to manifest itself dogmatically, offering
instead an epistemological opening capable of permitting valuable
academic exchange and innovation.