Call for Proposals: Performance Studies Focus Group

05 Sep 2012 1:58 PM | CORD Office
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Performance Studies Focus Group
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference
1-4 August 2013, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, FL

Deadline (for complete session proposals, submitted online directly to ATHE at www.athe.org):
1 November 2012

The Performance Studies Focus Group (PSFG) of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) invites session proposals for ATHE?s 2013 conference in Orlando, Florida. Proposals will be welcomed in many formats?e.g., scholarly panels, seminars, roundtables, performance-based presentations, working groups, and alternative session structures?and on all theater- and performance-related themes, particularly those that address the 2013 ATHE conference theme of "P[L]AY: Performance, Pleasure, and Pedagogy." Coming together in a luxury resort just minutes away from the marvels, attractions, and distractions of the Magic Kingdom, we will stage an ongoing discussion on the ways performance continues to intersect meaningfully with questions of play, pleasure, and payment in contemporary research. More than forty years after Jacques Derrida articulated a concept of performativity predicated on an idea of play, and thirty years after Victor Turner foundationally asserted ?the human seriousness of play? in From Ritual to Theatre, what new avenues of performance inquiry can ludic activity open up? And how do economic considerations provide a set of contours against which performance can approach this activity?

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