Deadline: Friday 9 April 2021
For this meeting, we are keen to explore the ways in which the relational nature of scenography structures and invites experiences of community, and the ways in which the materiality and agency of scenography might incite, influence, or shape radical reimaginings of space, place and identity. Across physical and digital work, design-led and material thinking offers a rich and productive lens through which to consider transformational experiences for audiences, participants and creatives. Scenography, as an event of encounter and a mode of thinking and of being in the world presents a rich opportunity to critically explore the agentive capacities of performance materials and processes. As recent scholarship has firmly established the ‘relational nature of much expanded scenography underscores the potential of the material in performance; meanwhile, the affective register that emerges is in part a result of this new-found appreciation of materials and what they can do’ (McKinney and Palmer, 2017: 13). Accordingly, the potential of scenography to participate in fields of community, activism, ecology, and politics is increasingly understood (see, for example: Okeke, 2019; Beer, Fu & Hernández-Santín, 2018; Coyle, 2018; Sibanda & Gabwa, 2017). Timothy Morton articulates that ‘ecological thought doesn’t just occur ‘in the mind’, but as a practice and a process of becoming fully aware of how human beings are connected with other beings – animal, vegetable or mineral’ (2010: 7). We are interested in the type of democracies that scenography might produce: the kinds of democratic encounters that are created between beings, human and non-human; the role, function and value of design to create and sustain relational encounters. How might scenography be used to help us imagine new possibilities for experience to transform our conceptions of and engagement with space and place? In this meeting we will examine how we might embed critical concepts in design, and in scenographic practice, across working processes and audience encounters with scenographic work.
Proposals must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 23.59 on 9th April 2021.
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.
Please include an optional 2nd choice of Working Group (this can also include the TaPRA Gallery, where appropriate). If we are unable to accept your proposal, we will then pass it on to your 2nd choice for consideration. Your proposal will not be less likely to be accepted by our Working Group if you indicate a 2nd choice.
Please note: You may only submit a proposal to one working group (or else the PaR Gallery) for this conference, proposals submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
We will inform you whether or not your proposal has been accepted as quickly as possible, and will offer brief summary feedback to all proposals that could not be accommodated. If we have passed your proposal on to your 2nd choice of Working Group, we will let you know this as well. Please note that putting together a full draft schedule for the conference is a complex process, and therefore your patience while this process is ongoing, and prompt responses to acceptances are much appreciated. Convenors will have completed their draft schedules by 17th May 2021.
Full Price Early Bird: £65 + £35 (TaPRA membership) = £100
Concession Early Bird: £33 + £17 (TaPRA membership) = £50
Full Price Standard: £85 + £35 (TaPRA membership) = £120
Concession Standard: £43 + £17 (TaPRA membership) = £60
The registration costs above will pay for digital infrastructure and administrative support for the conference, alongside fees for the keynote speaker and artists contributing to the programme.
Please note: All presenters must be TaPRA members, i.e. registered for the event.
Concession rates apply to all postgraduate researchers, unwaged, unaffiliated, and retired researchers, and staff on contracts of either less than .6FTE or else fixed for less than 12 months. These categories apply to the attendee’s circumstances on the first day of the conference.
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.