The International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” was founded in August 2008 with the aim of opening up a new field of research. Initially funded by the German Council of Science and Humanities (BMBF), the Center is one of ten “Käte Hamburger Collegia” (International Research Centers in the Humanities) in Germany. The Center has made it its mission to investigate the interweaving of performance cultures and of cultures in performance in the broadest sense in cooperation with theatre scholars and cultural theorists from many parts of the world. Internationally renowned experts in the field are invited to Berlin to work as Fellows on new and emerging forms of interweaving.
The topic refers to the whole range of processes and phenomena in which different cultures meet through performance, continuously producing various and specific differences, thus profundly questioning fixed concepts of cultural identity. Through performative practices and modes of presentation, political and social dimensions become apparent: Processes of interweaving are inextricably linked to questions of economic power, migration, corpo-realities and identity politics, as well as to strategies of appropriation and translation.