CfP: Performances in Public Spaces working group, IFTR 2019
15 November, 2018 by Swati Arora | 0 comments
Call for Papers: International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) 2019, Shanghai 8-12 July. ‘Theatre, Performance & Urbanism’, Performance in Public Spaces Working Group
Lewis Mumford, an innovator of 20th century urban planning, historically described the city as a ‘theater of social action’ (Mumford, 1937): a site that performs, disrupts, and constructs social identities, politics, and cultures through performative means. Likewise, theatrical and performance interventions in the urban landscape are not new. Street performance, public demonstrations, agit-prop, festivals, site specific work, installations, multimedia, and virtual sites have all engaged with urban spaces in ways that respond to and/or contest the urban landscape.
While Urban Studies has long sought to provide a useful way for understanding the city for administrative purposes, in terms of planning, design and architecture, Jen Harvie asks how ‘an understanding of theatre in the city [can] help us make sense of urban social experience’ (Harvie, 2009). What perspectives can Theatre and Performance Studies bring to Urban Studies, and to an understanding of Urbanism? How might these disciplines interact and intersect in order to make sense of urban public spaces, public performances, cultural memory, and urban change? The Performance in Public Spaces Working Group invites papers and/or performance works exploring how Theatre and Performance, with its focus on an aesthetics of repair, can provide the possibility of an alternative social imagination, through interrogations of the performative urban sphere.
By looking at performances in the city and of the city, we ask: how do artists, city planners, and the public perform the city, by engaging with the digital, the social, the cultural, and other means? What are the potentialities of bringing the two disciplines into conversation with each other? What can Performance Studies offer that the discipline of Urban Studies misses, especially in a non-European context? We seek to problematise borders, not just those that separate academic disciplines, but also of native/migrant and centre/periphery. How do we understand the everyday materiality of the city through colonial memory, national history, ethnic strife and gender politics? What is the role and effect of theatre and performance on urban planning and sustainable lifestyles?
Our working group activities will include an artist-led guided walk of Shanghai, following our commitment to work with local artists in each IFTR host city.
We welcome academic papers and/or performative interventions/participatory workshops, responding but not limited to the following topics:
City and tragedy
Borders in/of city
Animality and the city
Trauma and the city
Performing the periphery
The political city
The policed city
Tasting the city
Sounding the city
The dangerous city
The urban garbage
The tourist consumer
Memory and the city
Walking in the city
Technology and the city
The weeds in the cracks
Performing urban labour
Conference papers will be pre-circulated to co-panellists and one discussant. Deadline for circulation of papers: 17th June 2019.
For further information: Please contact the Working Group co-convenors.
Dr Holly Maples (Brunel University) - email@example.com
Dr Swati Arora (Centre for Humanities Research, UWC) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Rebecca Savory Fuller (Arts University Bournemouth) - email@example.com
We're on twitter: @IFTRpublicperf
Submissions deadline: 7th January 2019.
Abstracts should be submitted through the IFTR’s online system, managed by Cambridge Journals. Details are available on the IFTR website: https://www.iftr.org/
Postgraduate bursary applications deadline: 20th November 2018.
For further information on the IFTR bursary scheme, visit: https://www.iftr.org/conference/bursaries
Further conference information is available on the IFTR conference webpages: https://www.iftr.org/conference
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