TaPRA conference: 6-10 September 2021
online & co-hosted by Liverpool Hope University
Theatre, Performance and Philosophy CfP: “Unknowing: Modes of Performance”
Deadline for abstract submission: Friday 9 April 2021
At this year’s TaPRA conference we will come together to think about theatre and performance as modes of “unknowing”. We wish to explore the modalities through which practices of (re)presentation might encourage philosophical, affective and creative questions that support a rethinking of
• systems of knowledge
• individuality and subjectivity
• understandings of agency and mastery
• patterns of relationality
• notions of politics and ethics
These practices all might work toward dismantling violent structures of knowledge. To extend our practices of unknowing we are interested in proposals that are relevant in any way to the study of theatre, performance and philosophy more broadly. The working group in Theatre, Performance and Philosophy offers a framework for experimenting with performance knowledge and supports the development of perspectives and practices from which to rethink the role of performance in the present moment. We invite researchers, including postgraduates, to submit proposals that address the theme of “unknowing” in relation to a broad range of performance practices (theatre, dance, live art) and settings (stage, public, virtual), or engage with any aspect of performance and/as philosophy.
Contributions can take the form of 20-minute papers, curated panels, workshops, performances and other forms of sharing of research ideas.
Process for submitting a proposal
Proposals must be submitted to [email protected] 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.
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