CALL for ABSTRACTS: 2020 Galway (Performance as Research Working Group)
10 November, 2019 by Johnmichael Rossi | 0 comments
The PaR Working Group invites proposals from PaR practitioners interested in questions of decoloniality and pedagogies visa vis PaR.
Performance as Research Working Group Call for
International Federation for Theatre Research Annual Conference
‘Theatre Ecologies: Environment, Sustainability & Politics
Galway, 13-17 July 2020
Since its inception in 2004, the Performance-as-Research Working Group has positioned artistic practice as a powerful, alternative methodology for conducting research, continuously provoking epistemic shifts into ‘different modalities of knowing’. Over the years there has been a gradual acceptance of PaR, and its various iterations, into the university in a significant number of departments across the world with many researchers, educators and students engaging PaR methodologies.
The PaR Working Group invites proposals from PaR practitioners interested in questions of decoloniality and pedagogies visa vis PaR. We encourage returning members and potential new members to consider their own PaR practices in relation to the following questions that will be our guides for participation in our 'participatory laboratory' at the annual conference:
· What are the multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary potentialities of PaR especially with other disciplines engaged with ‘writing practice’ and with alternate forms of knowledge? What can PaR contribute to the ‘transdisciplinarization’ of knowledge beyond and within the academy?
· What kind of futures can be imagined concerning the various trajectories of PaR based on specific geographical and methodological legacies? How are these reflected in the pedagogy of, or institutionalization of PaR?
· In what ways can PaR be applied as a method for decolonizing research? Or, how does the methodology itself function as a mode of innovation to established norms for what constitutes research in the academy?
· How can PaR methodology be used to address and/or intervene our constantly shifting eco-system? How can PaR forge a pathway for a posthumanist view?
The PaR Working Group functions as a ’laboratory’ where members collaborate and weave aspects of their practice/research together, to be presented in two possible formats: DOCUMENTED WORKSHOP or PERFORMANCE CONVERSATION:
1) DOCUMENTED WORKSHOP: Participants have the option of taking part in the collaborative creation of a documented workshop process. Based upon the initial submission of individual workshop ideas, groups will be formed to complete a structured pre-conference process of materials-exchange, online discussion and workshop planning, leading to a PaR interactive session; and a facilitated feedback and reflection.
2) PERFORMANCE CONVERSATION: Participants have the option of taking part in the facilitation of performative conversation. Based upon the initial submission of paper proposals, groups will be formed to participate in an online pre-conference dialogue and sharing of research leading to an interactive group presentation; and a facilitated feedback and reflection.
We invite abstracts which respond to this call with reference to the questions in the above call they are addressing; AND to clearly indicate in their proposal which format they would like to present their work through (Documented Workshop or Performance Conversation). Please note that there are two types of proposals depending on the desired format, as indicated below.
The deadline for abstract submissions is 31 January 2020.
All applicants should follow the instructions regarding abstract submission through the conference website: http://www.iftr.org/conference
Please note that the deadline for the IFTR bursary application is 15 December 2019, Details of the application process can be found on the conference website.
Once you have submitted your abstract via the Cambridge University Press website, please send a copy your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org
(Please include a 100 word bio and full contact information in this email)
ABSTRACT PROPOSAL TYPES:
1) To be considered for participation in a PERFORMANCE CONVERSATION submit an abstract for a paper (250-300 words) responding to one or more of the questions raised in this call. (Please include a 100 word bio and full contact information).
2) To be considered for participation in the DOCUMENTED WORKSHOP, please submit a proposal for practical workshop plan (250 - 300 words) that explores one or more of the questions raised in this call. The proposal should include a clear description of the workshop process and objectives, as well as an explanation of how the exercise(s) reflect your current PaR priorities and preoccupations.
As noted above, these proposals will be used as the basis of the formation of sub-groups tasked with the creation and facilitation of collaborative workshop designs that reflect the intersection of participants’ interests. Once sub-groups are formed, participants will receive a framework for pre-conference exchange and workshop development which will span April through June, leading up to the conference in July.
The group welcomes those working in multiple and mixed artistic practices involving dance, theatre, performance art, live art and socially engaged practices as well as other types of cultural performances and performative practices. We also welcome thinkers and practitioners involved in the question of writing from practice and developing pedagogic epistemic models to accommodate plural ways of knowing interested in the legacy of PaR in this discourse.
We look forward to your responses to this call. Please forward any queries you might have to: email@example.com
PaR Working Group Co-Conveners:
Johnmichael Rossi, Manola Gayatri & Bruce Barton