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Call for participation: TaPRA History and Historiography Working Group

Place and Space in Theatre and Performance History

We invite papers that consider the role of place and space in theatre and performance history. We speak of ‘spatial turns’ in the humanities and the foregrounding of questions of place and space in cultural production. Yet for theatre and performance studies, space and place have always been central, whether the physical space of performance (the theatre building and its location within the urban geography), represented space (mimetic or conceptualized), or the layered associations of site-specific performance. What can theatre and performance history bring to the debate about space and place? What can philosophies of space and place bring to theatre and performance history?

We welcome papers on any of the following topics:

  • Performance spaces; theatre architecture; urban geography of theatres
  • Territories, boundaries, real and imagined; the politics of space; gendered spaces
  • The representation of place and space in performance; generic, conceptual or illusionistic; ‘indexical’ space (spaces evoked in the spectators’ imagination but not shown)
  • Site-specific performance
  • Sites of memory/trauma
  • The heritage industry: the role of heritage sites in the construction of histories
  • Walking as performance
  • Virtual space in performance: panorama, diorama, film, video, cyberspace
  • 3D imaging/Spatial analysis/digital mapping/GIS (Geographic Information Systems) as interpretive tools
  • The role of new technologies and mass communications in collapsing space; mobility; globalization

We also invite papers for the Open Panel, which may be on any aspect of theatre and performance history.

It is hoped that we will have a joint panel with the Popular Performance Working Group this year. A decision about this will be made when we have received all the proposals.

Papers will take the form of 20-minute presentations and will not be pre-circulated.

Deadline for the submission of proposals: 30 April 2014. Abstracts not exceeding 300

words should be sent to the Working Group conveners: and Please copy to both conveners.

Only one proposal may be submitted for the TaPRA 2014 Conference at Royal Holloway University of London. It is not permitted to submit multiple proposals or submit the same proposal to several Calls for Papers. All presenters must be TaPRA members, i.e. registered for the conference; this includes presentations given by Skype or other media broadcast even where the presenter may not physically attend the conference venue. If your paper has been accepted, yet you have not registered for the Conference by the final registration deadline of 8 August 2014, we will deem you no longer intend to participate and present at TaPRA 2014.

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