TaPRA 2020, 2 – 4 September, Liverpool Hope University, Bodies and Performance Working Group CfP: Bodies in Motion: Margins, Intersections, and Vulnerability

Deadline: April 17, 2020
Leticia Sabsay argues that usual meanings of the term vulnerability imply ‘the idea of unwanted permeability,’ where the permeable entity is rendered weak or exposed to injury. These meanings suggest a particular dialectic of movement, an invasive motion and an unwanted motion against a permeable entity. There is the possibility to rethink vulnerability. To paraphrase Sabsay, permeable bodies (as/of individual, collective, regulatory, matter, environments) need not be understood as passive,...

TaPRA 2019, Exeter, Bodies and Performance Working Group CfP: Feeling Bad: Negative Affects, Performance, and Bodies

Deadline: April 16, 2019
Negative affects such as boredom, irritation, nausea, discomfort, sadness, grief, fear, pain, shame, doubt, jealousy and guilt are all-pervasive in contemporary life and culture. Cultural theorist Sianne Ngai contextualizes the “aesthetics of negative emotions” in the political economic situation of advanced capitalism (2005, p. 4). Such “ugly feelings”, she argues, might index larger anxieties and insecurities about one’s place and position. Citing Paolo Virno, Ngai suggests that...

TaPRA 2018, Aberystwyth, Bodies and Performance WG: (Non)human worlds and worldings

Deadline: April 20, 2018
How do worlds perform upon bodies and how do bodies perform worlds? In its first usage, circa 1589, “to world” meant to populate or inhabit a place. In 1596, it more commonly came to mean “to bring a child into the world” (OED). Emerging at the end of the 16th century, in the early period of what we now, problematically, think of as “modernity”, we can discern worlding’s colonial implications. Entangled with the larger human conquest of a world of matter and objects is the...

Performance, Politics, Populism

Deadline: April 13, 2017
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 developments in digital culture. Regardless of whether our socio-political landscapes will prove to have undergone lasting changes as a result, these contexts require...

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