TaPRA 2018, Aberystwyth, Scenography WG, Call for papers: Scenography/Landscape

Deadline: Friday 20 April 2018

The Scenography Working Group invites proposals for our forthcoming meeting at the annual TaPRA conference in Aberystwyth in September 2018. Inspired by the landscapes surrounding the site on which the conference will take place, this year’s Scenography Working Group will focus on the theme of landscape. What are scenographic landscapes? How does scenography interface with landscape as sites – rural and urban? What are the politics of place as location? How do representations of landscape on stage relate to understandings of place? For this call we are interested in broad interpretations of landscape and its relationship to scenography. From site specific scenographies in landscape, to sound ecology, to deep time, to political questions around climate change and the anthropocene: what can we learn from scenographic interactions in and with landscape? We invite presentation proposals from a wide variety of scholars and practitioners. Fully embracing the interdisciplinarity of the field, we are keen to include proposals that would be suitable for panel sessions open to members of other working groups, or joint proposals from members of more than one working group. As a working group we actively promote practice-as-research methods and welcome proposals in a variety of different presentation formats. These formats can include, but are not limited to:

  • 20min paper/practice presentation
  • PechaKucha
  • Exhibition and Installation work
  • Performance Practice
  If you plan to submit a proposal that includes a technical or spatial requirement, early consultation with us is important. If this applies, please contact the working group convenors to discuss your requirements before you submit. Your presentation proposal, irrespective of format, should include a 300 word abstract along with a short biography. We plan to structure this year’s working group around the strengths of the applications we receive. If you wish to be considered as part of a panel or joint event, please state this within your proposal. Suggested topics relating to the broad theme of ‘Scenography/Landscape’ include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Site specific scenographies
  • Urban landscapes
  • Internal and external landscapes
  • Phenomenological encounters with landscape
  • The politics of changing landscapes
  • Climate change
  • The Anthropocene
  • Weather
  • Atmosphere
  • Time
  • Representations of landscape
  • Geography of scenography
  • Sound ecology
  • Underwater and celestial landscapes
  • Skylines
  • Virtual landscapes
Please email all abstracts (no more than 300 words in length), an additional few sentences of biographical information and precise details of the audio-visual technology you will need to make your presentation to Lucy Thornett,  l.thornett@lcc.arts.ac.uk and Dr Kathrine Sandys,  Kathrine.Sandys@bruford.ac.uk The deadline for the submission of proposals is Friday 20th April. Please note: only one proposal may be submitted for the TaPRA 2018 Conference. 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 you are an Early Career Researcher, then you are eligible to be considered for a TaPRA ECR Bursary. Please follow this link for more information, and please indicate on your proposal whether you fit this criteria and wish to be considered for the bursary scheme: http://tapra.org/bursaries/

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.

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