Deadline: Friday 9 April 2021
As is often noted (e.g., Kendrick 2017, Bennett 2019), there has been a boom in research into theatre sound and aurality in recent years. Contemporaneously, voice studies has emerged and flourished as a research field (Thomaidis 2017). Theatre music remains a fertile terrain for scholarship, with research on this topic conducted by theatre scholars and musicologists (e.g., Hibberd 2012, Hambridge & Hicks 2018). We propose to tune into this buzz of activity by focusing our attention on how topics relating to sound, voice, and music in performance are researched and, subsequently, communicated. What research methods are we using and what are our rationales for using them? Are there research methods that are peculiar to our sub-fields or our disciplines? What new methods are being developed? What can specialists in theatre sound, voice studies, and music learn from one another in relation to methodology in particular? Our other major proposed focus of investigation is on how we communicate our findings to scholarly and non-scholarly readers and audiences. How do we articulate research into sonic phenomena that do not necessarily involve verbal language? What is altered in acts of translation? What terminological challenges exist? Do we need to invent or modify vocabulary or use a different register to communicate effectively with other members of our discipline, with other disciplines, and with non-specialist audiences? We invite proposals on the following indicative topics:
Proposals must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 23.59 on 9th April 2021.
Please email all abstracts (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.
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.
We 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 17th May 2021.
Full Price Early Bird: £65 + £35 (TaPRA membership) = £100
Concession Early Bird: £33 + £17 (TaPRA membership) = £50
Full Price Standard: £85 + £35 (TaPRA membership) = £120
Concession Standard: £43 + £17 (TaPRA membership) = £60
The registration costs above will pay for digital infrastructure and administrative support for the conference, alongside fees for the keynote speaker and artists contributing to the programme.
Please note: All presenters must be TaPRA members, i.e. registered for the event.
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.
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.