Deadline: Friday 20 April 2018
Crossing the Line: Boundaries, Borders and Beyond 2018 marks a number of important milestones: 50 years since the abolition of theatre censorship, the 250th anniversary of the founding of modern circus, the continuing momentum of the #MeToo movement and . . . Brexit. For TaPRA’s annual conference at the University of Aberystwyth (5-7 September 2018), the Popular Performance Working Group welcomes papers exploring self-imposed boundaries of taste, legal limits, inherited social categories and new definitions that demand to be marked. We particularly encourage submissions addressing instances where lines are recognised, addressed, drawn or breached. From comedians’ blue material to the revealing costume of the Windmill Girls, cross-dressed Drag Queens to circus troupes crossing state borders, and performers working from fringe to fame to works that appear across stage, screen and social media, this year’s conference explores how popular performance recognises, exploits and breaches boundaries of all kinds: political, social, aesthetic and professional. We are particularly interested in proposals that address:
Please note: only one proposal may be submitted for a TaPRA event. It is not permitted to submit multiple proposals or submit the same proposal to several Calls for Participation. All presenters must be TaPRA members, i.e. registered for the event; this includes presentations given by Skype or other media broadcast even where the presenter may not physically attend the event venue.