Recent years have seen an increase in discourse concerning the interrelationship
between "theatre" and "performance," with considerations ranging from how
"theatre" and "performance" may co-exist to debates over which practice
is the future of the field. This symposium seeks to examine different
facets of the relationship between "theatre" and "performance" by looking
at how notions of "theatre" and "performance" inform one another, while
still acknowledging that there are certain practices that may be conceived
as distinctly "performative" or "theatrical," depending upon the social,
political, and cultural contexts in which they occur. What are the
implications of our increasingly performance-oriented society for theatre
and vice versa?
Papers may address such topics as: how the theories and methodologies of performance studies can inform and enrich theatre studies, generally and in particular instances; elements of the theatrical outside of traditional performance spaces, as, for example, in performed "events"; the role of theatrical convention in performing identities and/or ritualizing cultural values in unique times and in public or private places; audience reception and participation as a performative event; practices that represent, contest, and invert preconceived notions of both "theatre" and "performance"; "theatrical" sub-genres of "performance" (eg. the performance monologue, performance theatre); "performance" responses to dramatic texts; the applicability of theories of performativity to theatrical practice.
Please send abstracts with a cover letter by November 15, 2002.
Abstracts should be 150 – 250 words long and must include the applicant’s
name, academic affiliation, address, telephone number and email address.
Final papers should not exceed 9 ½ pages or 2500 words. Papers
will be limited to fifteen minutes maximum!
Please send a copy of your abstract to each of the symposium co-chairs:
John R. Poole (309) 438-8973
Penny Farfan (403) 220-6680
School of Theatre firstname.lastname@example.org University of Calgary email@example.com
212 Centennial West Department of Drama
Campus Box 5700 2500 University Drive NW
Illinois State University Calgary, Alberta
Normal, IL 61790-5700 Canada T2N 1N4
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