TaPRA 2019, Surrey, Performance, Identity and Community WG: Performance, Futurity and Progress

Deadline: April 8, 2019
‘Through the power of affect, usefully explored and even harnessed at the theater, perhaps progressives can once again persuade one another that a better world doesn’t have to be an out-of-reach ideal, but a process of civic engagement that brings it incrementally closer’ (Dolan 2005: 21) ‘…optimism is cruel when the object/scene that ignites a sense of possibility actually makes it impossible to attain the expansive transformation for which a person or a people risks...

TaPRA 2018, Aberystwyth, Performance, Identity and Community WG CFP: Anarchism, Optimism and Performance (5-7 September 2018)

Deadline: April 20, 2018
 Science, art, literature, the drama, the effort for economic betterment, in fact every individual and social opposition to the existing disorder of things, is illumined by the spiritual light of Anarchism. (Emma Goldman, ‘Anarchism: what it really stands for’) ‘“The future has no future” is the wisdom of an age that, for all its appearance of perfect normalcy, has reached the level of consciousness of the first punks’ (The Invisible Committee, The Coming Insurrection) In her...

Frames of Legibility

Deadline: April 13, 2017
“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 and the ways in which these are delimited or challenged by...

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