Performance and the Laboratory

Deadline: Thursday 13 April 2017

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, progressive and cataclysmic, rational and wild. In popular culture, at least, it’s often depicted as a deeply troubled and troubling place, where dark desires and aspirations are released. At this conference, we want to explore performance of and in the science lab, alongside performance as a laboratory. Through both practice and scholarship, we will ask how theatre and performance might extend our thinking about, access to and understanding of the lab, and the wider context of science and scientific research. We invite papers and presentations on topics that might include, but are not limited to:

  • Laboratories in theatre and performance
  • Acting and performing in the lab
  • Sci-art collaborations that utilise the lab as concept and/or site
  • Feminist approaches to the lab and its representation(s)
  • The ethics of the laboratory
  • DIY laboratories and guerrilla science
This theme is intended to be inclusive and we welcome other approaches (if in doubt, feel free to contact us). We will consider: papers (20-minutes maximum), themed panels, low-tech performances (up to 1 hour) and workshops (up to 90-minutes). Please email all abstracts (of no more than 300 words in length), an additional few sentences of biographical information and precise details of the audio-visual technology you will need to make your presentation to to the working group convenors, Alex Mermikides: and Gianna Bouchard: The deadline for the submission of proposals is Thursday 13 April 2017.

Please note: only one proposal may be submitted for a TaPRA event. It is not permitted to submit multiple proposals or submit the same proposal to several Calls for Participation. All presenters must be TaPRA members, i.e. registered for the event; this includes presentations given by Skype or other media broadcast even where the presenter may not physically attend the event venue.

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