CFP

VITAL MEMORIES

Performance Studies Focus Group (PSFG) Pre-Conference

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)

Proposals due: April 10, 2015

Pre-Conference dates: Wednesday, July 29 – Thursday, July 30, 2015

Keynote Speaker: T. Nikki Cesare Schotzko

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel

Montréal, Québec

www.athe.org/group/PSFG

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PERFORMANCES

“performance, even its dazzling physical immediacy, drifts between present and past, presence and absence, consciousness and memory” –Elin Diamond, Performance and Cultural Politics, 1996.

 

“Performances function as vital acts of transfer, transmitting social knowledge, memory, and a sense of identity.” –Diana Taylor, The archive and the repertoire : performing cultural memory in the Americas, 2003.

 

Vital Memories, the Performance Studies Focus Group Pre-Conference at ATHE, will engage theories, practices, and methodologies at the intersection of memory and performance. We seek proposals for academic papers, live performances, and experimental formats that examine and challenge our interdisciplinary engagements with memory and performance, and their entanglements with aesthetics; artistic, cultural and quotidian practices; policy and politics; methodologies; race, gender, sexuality, class, and nationalism; and space. In addition, pre-conference participants will reflexively examine the memories created and altered by the very format of our pre-conferences and the diverse groups that meet outside of, yet in the name of, ATHE. What gets stored in the collective organization’s memory? What is lost?

 

The pre-conference will take place on Wednesday, July 29, 9:30am to 10pm, and Thursday, July 30 8am to noon, in the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. To encourage socialization and conversation beyond panels and performances, the event will also include meals: lunch and dinner on Wednesday, July 29, and breakfast on Thursday, July 30.

Our keynote speaker will be T. Nikki Cesare Schotzko, Assistant Professor at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto, and Critical Acts Editor, TDR: The Drama Review. Cesare Schotzko’s work investigates performance art, experimental performance and avant-garde theatre, music-theatre, intermedial performance, feminism and phenomenology, and intersections with popular culture.

 

We seek proposals for academic papers, live performances, and experimental formats. Submissions might want to consider:

*performance as a “vital act” that transmits memory (Diana Taylor)*

*embodied practices as “social memory” and “habit memory” (Paul Connerton)*

*performance historiographies including archival, digital, and oral history methodologies*

*performance as counter-memory (David Scott)*

*performance aesthetics as markers of memory and forgetting*

*race, gender, sexuality, and nationality as performances that engage shared and contested memories*

 

The deadline for proposals is April 10, 2015.

For paper proposals, please submit as one word or pdf document:
1) name and contact information (with email address),
2) an abstract (~300 words), and
3) a brief biography (~250 words);

 

For performance and experimental format proposals, please submit as one word or pdf document: 
1) name and contact information (with email address),
2) description of performance or experimental format (~300 words),
3) a brief biography (~250 words),
4) technical requirements and duration,
and, if applicable, 5) up to six jpeg images, link to an online portfolio, or other relevant media.

 

Please submit all proposals, and any questions to, PSFG Pre-Conference organizers Steve Luber and Jasmine Mahmoud, at sluber@conncoll.edu and j-mahmoud@u.northwestern.edu

We will notify participants by May 8, 2015.

Sources:

Paul Connerton, How Societies Remember. Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Elin Diamond, “Introduction,” Performance and Cultural Politics. ed. Elin Diamond.

London and New York: Routledge, 1996.

David Scott, “Introduction: On the Archaeologies of Black Memory,” Small Axe 26, 2008.

Diana Taylor, The archive and the repertoire : performing cultural memory in the Americas.

Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003.

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