Welcome to the SFU Institute for Performance Studies (IPS)


The INSTITUTE FOR PERFORMANCE STUDIES (IPS) is a multidisciplinary research institute that builds on more than a decade of consistent research inquiry at SFU in performance studies, an interdisciplinary field of academic inquiry that uses performance as a lens to examine a range of cultural expressions and social actions. Its mission is:

  • to promote innovative research and develop new modes of scholarly analysis based on performance studies methodologies
  • to contribute to the critical discourse on and of performance through the publication of a peer-reviewed, on-line and open source journal;
  • to support advanced education and collaborative research at SFU and in British Columbia in the overlapping investigative fields of performance studies; literary and print culture studies; theatre, visual culture studies, and the performing arts; embodiment and new media technologies; ethnography and anthropology; gender and sexuality studies; arts education; communication; public policy; cultural history; urban studies and creative placemaking; and
  • to support performance-based pedagogical and curricular innovations, university-community collaborations, and public outreach activities in these same areas.