CFP: Playing with Intimacy and Intensity: a Symposium

03 September, 2019 by Bruce Barton | 0 comments

CFP: Playing with Intimacy and Intensity: a Symposium

Call for Participants, Papers and Provocations: Playing with Intimacy and Intensity Symposium, 16 November, 2019, Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

Call for Participants, Papers and Provocations

Playing with Intimacy and Intensity: a Symposium
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London
16 November 2019

Playing with Intimacy and Intensity is an AHRC Research Networking Scheme project that connects experts from theatre, dance, live art and gaming, from both outside and inside the academy, in an exploration of playful and game-based approaches to intimacy and intensity in participatory performance. The Playing with Intimacy and Intensity Symposium will be a fittingly playful and intimate gathering, featuring performances and workshops, keynote presentations and papers, and structured and unstructured conversation.

At this gathering, participants from the project will share perspectives on its activities in a variety of modes of dissemination. In addition, we welcome proposals for a small number of papers (up to 20 minutes in length) and workshops / experiments / provocations (up to 90 minutes) on the project topic. In keeping with the symposium theme, we’re particularly interested in alternate format contributions that embody and/or enact the gathering’s focus on immersive and participatory performance. Individuals or groups that would like to propose contributions in any of the above formats should submit a 300 word abstract, along with a 100 word bio. All proposals should include the type of contribution, its projected length, and a description of any technical or other support required. (Please keep in mind that such support will be necessarily limited within the one-day symposium model.)

The symposium is free of charge. While it is not necessary to offer a presentation to attend, the number of places available is limited. Therefore, we invite those interested in attending to send a short (200 word) statement about your engagement with the subject matter. Artists, performers, critics, producers, presenters, and academics are all welcome. We can fund travel expenses for a small number of attendees who are not supported by an academic post or other salaried position. Please state if you wish to be considered for this support. 

All proposals to present and applications to attend should be submitted by September 26th to
Visit the Playing with Intimacy and Intensity website here: 

Gareth White

Central School of Speech and Drama, London

Bruce Barton

School of Creative and Performing Arts, University of Calgary


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