TaPRA 2020, 2 – 4 September, Liverpool Hope University, Documenting Performance Working Group CfP: Speculation and Fabulation

Deadline: April 17, 2020
An important theme that emerged from contributions to the 2019 Documenting Performance WG presentations on ‘Wayward Temporalities’ was a focus on the complex evidentiary relations of performance and its documents – particularly in the production and representation of historicity, futurity, and contemporaneity. Continuing to think about ways in which the material, the real, the ‘truthful’, and the fictional might be problematised in relation to the performance document, this...

Hear Tell: Describing, Reporting, Narrating

Deadline: April 5, 2019
Venue: Tate Exchange at Tate Modern, London (13th May, 12-6pm) Call for Participation If you hear tell of an event, somebody relates it to you. Hear tell involves both a speaker and a listener, a performer and an audience. It represents an account communicated in speech of something that might have happened. Theatre and performance both involves and prompts such acts of hear telling, discussions, like those described by Joe Kelleher, ‘as to what was seen or heard tell of and what it...

TaPRA 2019, Exeter, Documenting Performance WG CfP: Wayward Temporalities

Deadline: April 16, 2019
  Wayward Temporalities Over at least the last two decades, theatre and performance scholars have proposed alternative ways of considering how performances unfold across or between times through the performance document, and propelled a shift away from the terms of singular, originary events. While much of the debate in theatre and performance studies has been focused on ontological issues of representation (Phelan, 1993), liveness, presence, and immediacy, this working group invites...

TaPRA 2018, Aberystwyth, Documenting Performance WG: Classes of Categories

Deadline: April 20, 2018
   Theatre and performance, as well as associated categories of visual art and broader modes of cultural encounter, are permeated by questions of ontology. Dilemmas of concept, classification, and relation sit at the core of our field of investigation, both practically and theoretically. In cultural theorist Sianne Ngai’s 2012 return to the problem of aesthetic categories, she proposes the minor, everyday and seemingly fleeting categories of the ‘zany’, the ‘cute’, and the...

Migration and Documentation

Deadline: April 13, 2017
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 direct relationship to the certainty and transparency it claims to uphold. In the case of queer...

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