The editors of Adorno and Performance seek proposals for essays that work through Theodor W. Adorno’s philosophy as it relates to theatre, drama, music, aesthetics, everyday life, the relation of art to society, theory to practice, and other domains of ‘performance’. This collection will attempt to critique existing understandings of performance in multiple fields, such as the performing arts, arts administration, the social and political sciences, literature, linguistics, philosophy, etc. The glue binding together the various understandings of the term ‘performance’ is Adorno’s life work of critical theory, which itself turns its negative dialectical practice on these diverse fields of study, returning again and again to the arenas of performance and theatricality as perhaps best exemplified in Towards a Theory of Musical Reproduction and Aesthetic Theory.

Essays may explore topics such as: the implications of Adorno’s philosophy of nonidentity and his aesthetic theory for theatre, drama, music and performance studies; applications of Adornian thought to the analysis of performance; negative dialectics and immanent criticism: their roles in interpreting performance; how renewed investigations into key Adornian terminology (mimesis, expression, art’s enigmatic character, truth content, natural beauty, semblance, logic of disintegration, etc.) might help to reappraise central concepts within and across the disciplines of performance, theatre and drama studies, musicology, the social sciences, etc.; critiques of the Culture Industry and performance studies: challenges to the state of the profession; Adorno’s social criticism (his critique of the performance of individuality, expression and experience in the Culture Industry); Adorno’s theory of musical reproduction (the relation between musical text and performance); Adorno as composer; Adorno’s writings on drama and theatre (Brecht, Beckett), performance (happenings), opera, the intermedialisation (Verfransung) of the arts, etc.

We are in the process of securing a publishing agreement for this anthology, which will be part of a new book series linked to the international research network PERFORMANCE PHILOSOPHY (

Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words and a short biographical note to both editors, Will Daddario ( and Karoline Gritzner (

Submission deadline: October 31, 2012