TaPRA 2020, 2 – 4 September, Liverpool Hope University, Performance and New Technologies Working Group CfP: Liminoid ecologies: inhabiting boundaries, margins and glitches in technologically enabled performance practices

Deadline: Friday 17 April 2020

Following on from discussions centring on inclusive intermedialities, and modes of access and engagement with new technologies in 2019, as well as an interim event this year exploring glitches and disruptions in immersive and interactive technologies in live performance, the Performance and New Technologies working group seeks to extend and diversify these conversations at our meeting in Liverpool. We are turning our attention to concepts of boundaries, borderlines and ‘liminoid’ spaces. We are interested in exploring what it means to inhabit a boundary, an in-between space, or a glitch in the system? How can contemporary practices engaging with new technologies enable modes of access to these off-kilter spaces? How do performers, audiences, participants, immersants engage with what are often transgressive, aporetic and undecidable conditions of human experience? What kind of connections (ecologies) can be formed between bodies, devices and computational processes under borderline conditions?
In The Anthropology of Experience Victor Turner defined the liminal space as being ‘betwixt and between’ (Turner, 1986: 31) social structures, a temporary space of transition and potential transformation. He then postulated a more transgressive, aporetic kind of space the ‘liminoid’ characterized by ‘shallow play’. As Joanna Bucknall points out where ‘the liminal is a compulsory processual feature of social relations; the liminoid is elective, spontaneous, ideological and predicated upon the principle of leisure’ (Bucknall 2020: 3). Working with Turner’s concepts Susan Broadhurst in Liminal Aesthetics defined liminal performance ‘as being located at the edge of what is possible’, characterised by ‘indeterminacy, fragmentation, a loss of the auratic, and the collapse of the hierarchical distinction between high and mass/popular culture’ (Turner in Bucknall 2020: 3).
The concepts of liminality and the liminoid have often been associated with intermedial performances and arguably have gained new currency with recent consideration of postdigital culture on aesthetic, cultural and socio-political levels. For instance, recently Matthew Causey has conceptualised postdigital performance as engendering a dissolution of borders ‘biological and the mechanical, the virtual and the real, and the organic and the inorganic approach indistinction’ (Causey 2016: 432).
The Performance and New Technologies Working Group welcomes practice-based responses, provocations, lecture-demonstrations and papers, exploring and reflecting on new modes of engagement with concepts of borders, boundaries, margins and glitches in contemporary intermedial practices.
Proposals may respond to, but are not limited by, the following prompts:
– Inhabiting liminoid spaces through technologically enabled performance practices
– Liminality and ecology in intermedial practice
– Boundaries and mislocalizations in immersive technology practice
– Performing borders through intersections of human and technological processes
– Glitches and disruptions as marginal practices
– Indeterminacy, fragmentation and the loss of the auratic in intermedial practice
– The politics of glocality in postdigital practices
– Precarious identities in liminoid intermedialities
– PaR case studies addressing (but not necessarily limited to) concepts of liminality and ecology
– Liminoid scenographies in new intermedial practices
– Boundaries of the anthropocene in the postdigital age
Proposals, if accepted, may be directed into a range of presentational formats, including traditional panels (with 20-minute papers), short provocations that can form the basis for wider discussion or performance-based panels. While we welcome statements of preference, final decisions will be made by the working group conveners and will be indicated at the time of acceptance. We also welcome alternative, practice-as-research or performance-based proposals that engage with the theme, but these must be achievable with limited resources and within a 20-30 minute time period. The Working Group also warmly welcomes participants who do not wish to present this year.
Coronavirus Disclaimer
Whilst we are continuing to make plans for the Annual TaPRA Conference to go ahead as scheduled at LHU in September, we are also working on contingency arrangements should government advice restrict large gatherings. We will keep all members informed of any changes.
Process for submitting a proposal
Please send a 300 word (max) proposal and short biography to the Working Group Convenors, Christina Papagiannouli, Jo Scott and Piotr Woycicki at perfandnewtech@tapra.org by 23.59 on 17 April 2020.
Originally proposals were due by 9th April, however due to the recent UCU strike action and the rapidly evolving situation regarding Covid-19 we are extending the proposal submission deadline until Friday 17th April.
Please include an optional 2nd choice of Working Group (this can also include the TaPRA Gallery, where appropriate). If we are unable to accept your proposal, we will then pass it on to your 2nd choice for consideration. Your proposal will not be less likely to be accepted by our Working Group if you indicate a 2nd choice.
Please note: You may only submit a proposal to one working group (or else the PaR Gallery) for this conference, proposals submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
Working Group Convenors will inform you whether or not your proposal has been accepted as quickly as possible, and will offer brief summary feedback to all proposals that could not be accommodated. If we have passed your proposal on to your 2nd choice of Working Group, we will let you know this as well. Please note that putting together a full draft schedule for the conference is a complex process, and therefore your patience while this process is ongoing, and prompt responses to acceptances are much appreciated. Convenors will have completed their draft schedules by 18 May 2020.
Conference Costs
The early bird registration fee for this year’s conference will be £215 (standard) and £112 (concession), including TaPRA membership for the year, rising to £245 (standard) and £142 (concession) after 19th June.
It will also be possible to register for a ‘half conference’ – that is, Day 1 to after lunch Day 2; OR all of Day 2; OR from 4pm on Day 2 & all of Day 3. ‘Half conference’ fees are: £125 (standard) and £65 (concession), rising to £140 (standard) and £79 (concession) after 19th June.
All of the above conference fees include TaPRA membership for one year (starting on 2 September 2020).
On-campus conference accommodation will cost no more than £50 per night. The conference dinner will cost £40 (£35 for concession delegates booking in the early bird period).
Please note: 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.
Concession definition: Concession rates apply to all postgraduate researchers, unwaged, unaffiliated, and retired researchers, and staff on contracts of either less than .6FTE or else fixed for less than 12 months. These categories apply to the attendee’s circumstances on the first day of the conference.
There will be up to 5 bursaries available for postgraduate researchers and up to 3 available for unaffiliated presenters/contingent faculty. These are highly competitive and so we would encourage everyone who is able to secure institutional support where possible.
Each bursary includes: Conference fee waiver and one year of TaPRA membership; up to £300 toward travel, accommodation, childcare or access costs (the TaPRA Administrator will book accommodation; travel fees or access costs can be reclaimed quickly on production of receipts).
You must submit your application for a bursary at the same time as your proposal to the Working Group (as a separate document). Please note that PG students will require a supporting statement from their supervisor or programme leader, which may take extra time to source. Full details, criteria, and application forms are available on the TaPRA website (http://tapra.org/bursaries/).

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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