Philip Auslander

Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Tech


School of Literature, Media, and Communication   
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332-0165 USA


Phone: +1 404.894.6208 (office)



Philip Auslander's primary research interest is in performance, especially in relation to music, media, and technology. He has written on aesthetic and cultural performances as diverse as theatre, performance art, music, stand-up comedy, robotic performance, and courtroom procedures. He is the author of five books and editor or co-editor of two collections. His most recently published books are Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music (2006) and the second edition of Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture (2008).

In addition to his work on performance, Auslander contributes art criticism regularly to ArtForum and other publications. He has written catalogue essays for museums and galleries in Austria, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He is the editor of The Art Section: An Online Journal of Art and Cultural Commentary. He is married to the visual artist Deanna Sirlin.

Auslander News

24 September 2012: Check out Auslander's piece "Hi There. Nice to Be With You. Happy You Could Stick Around. The First Time I Heard the Bonzo Dog Band," part of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music's online essay series The First Time I Ever Heard.

28 July 2012: Auslander quoted on

♦  New Publications:

"Digital Liveness: A Historico-Philosophical Perspective," PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art 102 (Sept. 2012).

"This is Not a Paper" in Manifesta Journal #14.

Perform, Record, Repeat: Live Art in History, edited by Amelia Jones and Adrian Heathfield, is now out from Intellect Books. It includes my essay "The Performativity of Performance Documentation."

♦   Now Available Here:

"Postmodernism and Performance," in The Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism, ed. Steven Connor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

"'Just Be Your Self': Logocentrism and Difference in Performance Theory," in Acting Reconsidered: A Theoretical and Practical Guide, 2nd edition, ed. Phillip B. Zarrilli. London, New York: Routledge, 2002.

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