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TaPRA Theatre, Performance and Philosophy CfP – Catastrophe and Reinvention

Dear Performance Philosophy community,

Please find below the CfP for the Theatre, Performance and Philosophy Working Group at TaPRA 2023.

Catastrophe and Reinvention

Deadline for abstracts: Tuesday 11 April 2023
Location: The University of Leeds, 30 August – 1 September

The TaPRA working group in Theatre, Performance and Philosophy invites proposals for presentations for the annual conference at the University of Leeds. Any researcher, at any stage of their career, who engages with theatre, performance and philosophy is welcome to propose their work to the group. The working group extends a warm invitation to researchers who have not joined before to participate for the first time. Colleagues who have presented to the group in the past are invited to return to continue conversations about theatre, performance and philosophy. At the annual conference last year our group engaged in the discussion of the theme of ‘survival’ and the role that theatre, performance and philosophy may play in our understanding of how to unlearn and re-learn how to survive in this world. This year, as a new group of conveners will be taking over the working group, we are interested in departing from themes of past meetings as catalysts for new discussions.

What emerges from catastrophe? A carnival of departures with different perceptions and persuasions – apocalyptic visions, new moves of adaptation, habitual reactivation, end-of-world celebrations, political mutations, radical transformations, magical counter-orientations. Let us attend to the things that gather and leave around the cracks. How can we also rethink catastrophe, not only as external tipping point or climactic event but as an active embodied process? What other directions, tendencies and reorientations are required or in emergence? The working group invites proposals that explore how performance and philosophy can engage with the space shared by catastrophe and reinvention. At stake in these questions is the ambivalent possibility of self-preservation, or dignity, or yet the re-entrenchments of divisive logics of power. As a new world takes shape, how might performance and philosophy generously and generatively meet these disorienting questions?

We invite diverse modes of sharing research, including, but not limited to, short provocations, practice demonstrations, performative presentations, formal papers, etc. Please indicate your preference of format clearly in your proposal, with a specific breakdown of any technical requirements. We will endeavour to accommodate all requests, but please be aware that we are working within finite resources and we may need to suggest alternative formats.

For more information and guidance on how to submit an abstract/bursaries, please visit the TaPRA website: http://tapra.org/call-participation/tapra-2023-theatre-and-philosophy-working-group-catastrophe-and-reinvention/

Annalaura, Jenny and Vânia (co-convenors)

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