Graduate Student Conference: (Re)making (Re)presentation
May 3, 2010
CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY
Call for Papers
The Theatre Students of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York announce their second graduate student conference, in conjunction with the conferral of the 2010 Edwin Booth Award by the Doctoral Theatre Students Association.*
According to New York based playwright Charles Mee, "there is no such thing as an original[.]"** His (re)making project, an endeavor that highlights his own method of creative production while encouraging borrowing and overlap by other playwrights and performers, resists the notion of an "original" in artistic creation. Mee suggests that the (re)makings of classics and (re)presentations of "originals" become the vehicles "through [which] the culture speaks, often without the speakers knowing it."* Practiced citationality, intertextuality, and ideas of "twice-behaved" properties have come to the fore in analysis of postmodern theatre, dance, and performance as well as in recent investigations of canonical literature and poetry. How might an analysis of how art (re)creates itself (re)make discussions of the author, the creative process, and the effect on audiences, readers, and participants?
Larger questions loom behind these considerations of artistic creation and originality: can any art be original, or truly called new? Are such claims ever feasible or useful? And when texts, stories, or performances are openly (re)made, what are the implications of such gestures? Do new forms emerge when we elaborate upon spectacle or add novel technology in (re)presentations? What happens when practitioners push the proverbial envelope, exposing the body or staging violence in innovative (and possibly problematic) ways? Finally, who can assert authorship/ownership over such (re)makings? Can representation ever project the politics of the avant-garde if it has always already been done?
We invite proposals for papers and panels exploring these and related questions. The one-day graduate student conference will take place at CUNY's Graduate Center and the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center on May 3rd, 2010. The conference will be followed by the 2010 Edwin Booth Award, which is being awarded by CUNY's Doctoral Theatre Students Association to Charles Mee. Papers and panels do not need to directly address Mee's work.
Proposals might consider themes such as, but not limited to:
-Issues of intertextuality and citation in literature and performance
-Questions of ownership, adaptation, and reappropriation of ideas
-The (re)making nature of the avant-garde
-Issues of copyright
-Use of technology and multimedia in performance
-Ethics of (re)presentation
-Authority, authorship, and power-sharing in collaborative projects
-(re)Presenting violence and brutality
-New paradigms in theatre economics
-Theatre as process
-Aspects of stage/performance spectacle
-Sex, nudity, and other representations of the body
-Adaptation: What happens to content when it moves across media?
Please send proposals or abstracts of 100 to 300 words to Bethany Holmstrom, Rayya El Zein, and Kelly Aliano at TSGCCUNYconference@gmail.com by January 30, 2010. Please include a cover letter stating name, affiliation, and A/V requirements. For more information, the CFP, and deadlines, check out the conference blog at http://opencuny.org/tsgccuny/.
* For more information about the DTSA and the Booth Award, please see http://web.gc.cuny.edu/theatre/dtsa/booth.html
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