Diana Taylor is University Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at New York University. She is the author and editor of several books, including The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas and Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina's "Dirty War," both also published by Duke University Press.
How would our disciplines and methodologies change if we took seriously the idea that bodies (and not only books and documents) produce, store, and transfer knowledge? The epistemic turn prompted by embodied objects of analysis necessarily provoked shifts in what academic disciplines value as canonical texts, methodologies of study, objects of analysis, expertise, sources of knowledge, and systems of transmission. This closing chapter brings together words from many of the leading figures in performance studies to speculate on how we can better understand the powerful weapon that is performance.