Performance Studies as New Anthropology of Events


  • Sanja Simonović Alifirević
  • Đorđe Alifirević



performance studies, anthropology of events, performing, anthropology of the contemporary


The question of relations between performance studies and new anthropology of events within the open cultural field directly points to the internal interventionist practice of performance and event as the agent of generative and constitutive roles in terms of initiating social processes and situations. An analysis of Turner’s dramaturgical patterns in the development and solution of social crisis, as well as Goffman’s social roles, in direct relation with performance studies, indicate that there is an original connection of these two theoretical platforms and point to their integral importance in terms of actualization and critical thinking related to current social situations. The basic theoretical and social transformations, connected to globalism and interculturalism, led to a redefinition of the aims and range of anthropological knowledge. Global anthropology of the contemporary in current, mediatized society is connected to the question of event, i.e. the event as performance, including different aspects of presence and behavior in a wide spectrum of human activities, along with their consequences.


Article received: December 14, 2016; Article accepted: January 27, 2017; Published online: April 20, 2017

Original scholarly paper


How to cite this article: Simonović Alifirević, Sanja, and Đorđe Alifirević. "Performance Studies as New Anthropology of Events." AM Journal of Art and Media Studies 12 (2017): 149-157. doi: 10.25038/am.v0i12.174

Author Biographies

Sanja Simonović Alifirević

Institute of Architecture and Urban & Spatial Planning of Serbia, Belgrade

Sanja Simonović Alfirević (1981) was born in Belgrade, Serbia. She graduated and earned PhD from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade. She is currently working as a Research Associate at the Institute for Architecture and Urban & Spatial Planning of Serbia. Along with scientific career, she is a member of Studio Alfirević team, engaged in professional work in the field of architectural, interior and urban design. She was awarded with several prestigious Serbian awards for architecture.

Đorđe Alifirević

Studio Alfirević

Đorđe Alfirević (1976) was born in Belgrade. He gained Diploma in Architecture in 2002 from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade. Master of Science degree in Architecture and Urbanism he earned in 2010 from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade. Doctor of Philosophy degree in Architecture and Urbanism he earned in 2015 from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade. The status of independent artist and membership in the Association of Applied Arts Artists and Designers of Serbia (ULUPUDS) he gained in 2011. After that, he established an independent architectural practice – Studio Alfirević. In addition to architecture, he is actively engaged in painting, scientific research and education in the arts. His artwork is exhibited in several group and couple of solo exhibitions.


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How to Cite

Simonović Alifirević, S., & Alifirević, Đorđe. (2017). Performance Studies as New Anthropology of Events. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, (12), 149–157.