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Performance and Science : Call for Participation


This is a call for participation in the inaugural meeting of the Performance and Science working group, at the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TAPRA) conference on 8-10 September 2015, University of Worchester. Deadline for proposals: 17 April 2015.

We are looking for papers, presentations, panels and workshops that enable us to take stock of the contemporary moment in terms of science-engaged performance practices and research – which includes consideration of historical practices. We understand ‘science’ as a broad category that includes medicine. Other than that, the theme is open.

The Performance and Science working group aims to consolidate, develop and serve a community of performance scholars and practitioners who engage with scientific disciplines and/or discourse. We welcome a range of intersections between performance and scientific disciplines, including but not confined to:

  • The performance of science: representations of scientific knowledge and understanding, and of scientists, in practices ranging from theatrical performance to popular science events (including consideration of policy and cultural determinants and impact of such practices)
  • The science of performance: the deployment of scientific research methodologies in furthering our understanding of performance practices (for example, social scientific analyses of performance groups or the neuroscience of audience-performer interaction)
  • Science as performance: the role of the scientist conceived of as a performance within professional as well as dramatized settings (for example the performance of expertise in encounters between patients and medical practitioners)
  • Performance as science: performance training and creative methodologies as forms of scientific discourse.

Please send a short description (up to 300 words) for your 15-20 minute presentation / paper or 1-hour workshop along with your technical requirements and a short bio (100 words) by **17 April to the working group convenors, Alex Mermikides: and Gianna Bouchard

This working group. We aim to take stock of the Both ‘performance’ and ‘science’ are defined inclusively. ‘Performance’ may include theatre, dance, live art, puppetry, applied performance, popular performance, music and spoken word, as well as the ‘performance of everyday life’. Scientific disciplines may include psychology, social science, anthropology, ecology, medicine as well as ‘harder’ sciences (eg physics, chemistry, mathematics).

Please note: Only one proposal may be submitted for the TaPRA 2015 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 your paper has been accepted, yet you have not registered for the Conference by the final registration deadline, we will deem you no longer intend to participate and present at TaPRA 2015.

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