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TaPRA 2017 AGM Agenda

Theatre and Performance Research Association Annual General Meeting, 1st September, 2017 Salford University (Minutes from previous AGM are below) Welcome from the Chair (GB-B) Minutes of 2016 AGM to be approved and Matters arising Reports: Chair (GB-B) Summary of Executive policy discussions in 2016-17: Executive Committee posts: TaPRA Fellowships: Tracy Catell Treasurer (TR) Accounts ECR…

TaPRA Postgraduate Essay Prizewinners 2017

TaPRA is delighted to announce the details of the winning entries in this year’s Postgraduate Essay competition, decided by a panel led by Professor Joanne Tompkins of the University of Queensland. We were hugely impressed this year by the range and level of postgraduate work across all disciplines of theatre and performance displayed by entrants…

TAPRA PG BURSARIES 2017

TaPRA invites applications for this year’s ten postgraduate bursaries for the 2017 TaPRA conference, 30 August – 1 September, to be hosted by University of Salford. Please note that bursaries cover the conference fee and a year’s TaPRA membership, but not accommodation. Applicants must belong to a TaPRA Working Group, and have had a paper accepted…

TaPRA Prizes 2017: Shortlists

The shortlisting process for the TaPRA Research Prizes for 2017 is now complete and we are delighted to announce that the following scholars and works have been shortlisted for final consideration: The David Bradby TaPRA Award for Research in International Theatre and Performance Jim Davis, for Comic Acting and Portraiture in Late-Georgian and Regency England (Cambridge…

TaPRA Postgraduate Essay Prize 2017

TaPRA Postgraduate Essay Prize The 2017 TaPRA Postgraduate Essay Competition is open for submissions! All postgraduates registered at an HE institution for PG study on the closing date of 15 May 2017 are eligible and should send essays no longer than 6,000 words to TaPRA’s Deputy Research Officer, Elena Marchevska (e.marchevska@lsbu.ac.uk) by midnight on Monday 15 May 2017. Guidelines…

TaPRA Gallery

As part of the Theatre & Performance Research Association (TaPRA) 2017 conference, we invite proposals to exhibit audiovisual, digital and analogue documentation of PAR projects across theatre and performance disciplines for the TaPRA Gallery hosted by the University of Salford’s Practice as Research Centre of Excellence, at the New Adelphi Studio (30 August – 1…

Applied and Social Theatre : Generation and Regeneration

In our first conference as convenors, we would like to focus on the theme of generation(s) and (re)generation in applied and social theatre. Previous conferences and events have addressed: health and wellbeing; heroism; craft; aesthetics; histories and geographies; impact; value; slowness; practice (as) research; age(s) and ageing. We would like to move the debate a…

Asian Performance and Diaspora : Practice as Methodology in/and Asian Performance

The intimate relationship between theory and practice continues to be one of the central concerns of Asian performance. Concepts, theories and techniques in Asian performance, to a great extent, demonstrate the interlocking mechanism between practice and practice-based knowledge. Within the field of Asian performance, knowledge becomes knowledge only when it is connected to embodied practice.…

Directing and Dramaturgy : Interval

Intervals, gaps, breaks, ellipses, caesuras, pauses, syncopes… Live performance can very literally have an interval. In addition, in our modern world of hyper-acceleration, Jonathan Crary calls for a state of being suspended, or an interval: ‘a looking or listening so rapt that it is an exemption from ordinary conditions … a hovering out of time.’…

Documenting Performance : Migration and Documentation

Questions of migration are among the most contested in contemporary culture. In the current political climate, investigating the performative role of the document in controlling the movement of bodies across borders has particular urgency. The troubled status of documentation as identification affects performances of self at the most intimate levels, producing vulnerability and precariousness in…

Performance and the Body : Performance, Politics, Populism

A range of political and social events in 2016 marked a significant geopolitical watershed as a result of the rise of global populism, as demonstrated by India, Turkey, USA, UK and Sweden, for example. This resulted in and was equally influenced by new kinds of mediascapes that are shaping emerging attitudes to truth, evidence and…

Performance, Identity and Community : Frames of Legibility

Representation is not so much institutionalised as performed. (Rai and Reinelt, 2015: 12-13) The Performance, Identity and Community Working Group invites contributions responding to the imbrication, mediation and subversion of knowledge, meaning and appearance. Building on the group’s ongoing discussions around disobedience, willfulness, dissonance and collective agency, this year we turn to legibility and representation…

Performance and New Technologies : Analogue-Digital-Postdigital Performance Practices

Drawing on notions such as the ‘off-internet’, ‘neo-analogue’, post-internet and postdigital, David Berry and Michael Dieter argue that we are shifting from ‘an earlier moment driven by an almost obsessive fascination and enthusiasm with new media to a broader set of affectations that now includes unease, fatigue, boredom and disillusionment’ (2015: 5). Matthew Causey uses…

Performance and Science : Performance and the Laboratory

The science laboratory is the place of experiment, of data collection and collation, of breaking new ground and making new discoveries, and of testing, refuting, evidencing and progressing ideas, technologies and disciplines. It’s thought to be the site of ingenuity, creativity and curiosity, in positive and negative terms. It’s imagined as both controlled and unfettered,…

Performer Training : The End of Training

The Performer Training Working Group has been meeting for twelve years and has produced several collaborative outputs, including a variety of contributions to the thrice-yearly journal, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, dedicated to training in all its manifestations, and the associated blog http://theatredanceperformancetraining.org. The working group co-convenors are delighted to issue a call for contributions…

Popular Performance : Localisation, commercialism and globalisation

Popular Performance thrives on the performer/audience relationship. Whether on stage in a pub or club, improvising in the street or performing at the London Palladium, local references, be they textual, visual or aural, are an important aspect of popular performance and help create a sense of a shared community. Whilst the advent of social media means…

Scenography : Scenography and The Body: Movement, Gesture, Sensation

The Scenography Working Group invites proposals for our forthcoming meeting at the annual TaPRA conference in Salford in September 2017. This year’s meeting will focus on questions around the body: movement, gesture and the sensory experience in scenographic practice. In June 2016 an experiment at Sadlers Wells, introduced scenographic elements of dance performance, without the…

Theatre History and Historiography : Industry Professionals/Professional Industry

In the introduction to Performing Environments: Site-Specificity in Medieval and Early Modern English Drama, Susan Bennett and Mary Polito begin by calling for a more expansive history of seventeenth century drama, theatre and performance. They acknowledge why urban, usually London sites and performances have so often been the priority for theatre historians, as permanent playing…

Theatre, Performance and Philosophy : Call for Contributions

The co-convenors are delighted to issue a call for papers for the forthcoming conference at the University of Salford in September on any topic exploring the relation of theatre, dance or performance to philosophy. The working group’s mission is to encourage interdisciplinary debates addressing any aspect of philosophical research into the area of theatre and…

ELECTIONS: Deputy Research Officer and PG representative

TaPRA is calling for expressions of interest from colleagues who may wish to join the Association’s Executive Committee. There are two vacancies in the Committee: 1) for a Deputy Research Officer and 2) for a Postgraduate Representative.The deadline for nominations is Friday 13th January 2017 (extended deadline). You must be a TaPRA member to take…

TaPRA Postgraduate Symposium 2017

Call for Papers and Presentations for TaPRA Postgraduate Symposium 2017 ‘Spaces For / Places In’ 3rd February 2017 Edward Boyle Library, Level 13 University of Leeds  Postgraduates and early career researchers are invited to contribute to the 2016 Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Postgraduate Symposium titled ‘Spaces For / Places In’. The symposium will…

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: TaPRA Fellowship 2016-17

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY TaPRA Fellowship 2016-17 £5k funded research project for Early Career Researcher What is it? TaPRA Fellowship is a new initiative created and funded by TaPRA in partnership with an arts organization, library, museum, or other interested partner. Who is it for? The TaPRA fellow will be an ECR (within eight years of being…

TaPRA Postgraduate Essay Prizewinners 2016

TaPRA is delighted to announce the details of the winning entries in this year’s Postgraduate Essay competition, decided by a panel led by Professor Joanne Tompkins of the University of Queensland. We were hugely impressed this year by the range and level of postgraduate work across all disciplines of theatre and performance displayed by entrants…

Community as Beneficiary: The Role of Amateur Performance

We are pleased to announce that registration has now opened for ‘Community as Beneficiary: The Role of Amateur Performance’: the second biannual conference of RAPPT: Research into Amateur Performance and Private Theatricals. This two-day conference on the economies of non-professional performance across periods and locations will be held at University College Cork, 9-10 July 2016.…

TaPRA Postgraduate Essay Prize

The 2016 TaPRA Postgraduate Essay Competition is open for submissions! All postgraduates currently registered at an HE institution for PG study are eligible and should send essays no longer than 6,000 words to the TAPRA Research Officer, Jo Robinson (jo.robinson@nottingham.ac.uk) by 15 May 2016. Guidelines for submission: The submitted essay must be an original piece of work…

 

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