PSi #29 - Assemble! Is the twenty-ninth iteration of PSi’s annual conference in 2024. 

The conference is hosted by The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in collaboration with LIFT (London International Theatre Festival), in partnership with the University of London’s Birkbeck, Royal Holloway, and School of Advanced Studies.

The conference will take place at Senate House, University of London, alongside sister sites across Central London.

20-23 JUNE, 2024


Performance Studies international is a professional association founded in 1997 that promotes communication and exchange among artists, thinkers, activists and academics working in the field of performance.

You can find out more about the organisation here.

The hybrid conference focuses on the main theme of Assemble. To assemble has multiple meanings: to gather in one place for a common purpose or to put together the parts of something. Resonant with infrastructures, politics and processes of assemblage, the conference invites and foregrounds practice research, creative critical interventions, processes of making and their antithesis, un-making. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and global struggles for justice and recognition, we have to reconsider how to assemble, how to come together, to build, to imagine, to co-create in hostile conditions, and, conversely, what we need to disassemble, to take apart, to dismantle, to decenter, to unlearn.



Thank you to the hundreds of artists, academics, performers, support workers, caterers, moderators, volunteers, and staff who made this extraordinary Assembly possible.

The Whova app for PSi 29 will remain open for 3 months if you would like to continue connecting with the Assemble community. Please note that we will no longer be moderating or overseeing the app during this time.

We hope you had a wonderful time with us at PSi 29 Assemble, and hope to see you at next year’s edition.


For a full accessibility guide to our main conference hub Senate House, please visit:

All our conference venues have step-free access. For more information on Step Free London, please visit:

We will have a volunteer team on hand at all venues to assist with wayfinding and other access considerations you may have.

There will be dedicated quiet spaces at the main conference hub and access to green space at Senate House's Woburn Gardens.

Some but not all presentations at PSi 29 will include British Sign Language interpretation, including all sessions in the Beveridge Hall on Friday 21st.

We are committed to making PSi a fun, inclusive, and accessible event for all delegates. If you have any access needs or queries that you would like to talk to our team about, please let us know at


For registration on your first day at the conference, head to Senate House to pick up your conference pass. 

The Birkbeck venues and Woburn Square Gardens are all walking distance from Senate House. The gardens make for a great lunch spot or simply a place to unwind during the busy conference day.

For evening activities, don't miss our Hoxton Lates series at the famous Hoxton Hall, Thursday to Saturday!

We have a day of curated events taking place at the V&A Museum on Friday including bespoke guided tours (check Whova for sign up details)

You can always find out what is happening at a specific venue by heading to the Whova web app and typing the venue name into the agenda search bar.


  • Where do I log on to the conference portal?

Please click the links to our web portal or the Whova mobile app here.

How should I bring my presentation and multimedia?If you are presenting at Hoxton Hall, please bring along your presentation on a laptop, and a USB stick as a backup.

At all other venues, please bring along your presentation on a USB Stick saved as a PowerPoint file; our team will then transfer the file to a shared common computer. If you have video, make sure it is embedded.

If you are a Mac user and you have made your presentation using Keynote, make sure to save the file as a PowerPoint file. If your presentation includes video, please embed the video into your slide deck if possible.

**Make sure to arrive 15 mins before your session begins to prepare any AV**

How do participants join sessions remotely?

Sessions that are tagged as hybrid or online-only can be joined remotely. 

Before the conference, we will send out a Zoom link to a shared waiting room; once in the waiting room, you will be able to select the session you would like to join from a list of breakout sessions. There will be a PSi #29 team member in the waiting room to help with the process.

I’m looking for accommodation, do you have any advice on where to stay?

Please see this short guide for advice on local hotels and getting around the city.

Will there be a post-conference publication?

Yes! PSi’s Global Performance Studies (GPS) journal will hold a callout for submissions for the ‘ASSEMBLE’ issue after the conference. The journal will be presented at a future PSi conference.

If you have any queries, or require additional access support to support your visit to PSi #29, please contact the conference organisers directly at

We look forward to welcoming you to a vibrant conference that embraces interdisciplinary dialogue, artistic experimentation, and critical engagement.

If you have any queries, or require additional access support to support your visit to PSi #29, please contact the conference organisers directly at
For questions about becoming an institutional member for PSi or for related programming please contact Serap Erincin at For more information about PSi, please visit