The 4th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 2011) is to be heldin Uppsala, Sweden 15-18 June 2011.
This is a call for papers for Panel 143: Performances as re-creation: social and political signifying through performative practices.
Panel organisers: Geert Castryck and Nadine Sieveking (Univ. of Leipzig, Germany)
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Performances can be understood as powerful means to produce and articulate visions of society which are confronting, contesting or confirming established orders, and (re)creating, expressing or negotiating forms of sociality and conviviality.
This panel addresses methodological and theoretical questions concerning the meanings of performances. On the one hand, we ask how we can account for the significance of performances as modes of political and social engagement. On the other hand, we criticize the tendency of ‘culturalizing’ performative practices, thereby blinding out their political dimensions and ignoring the ways in which they are linked to the dynamics of social transformation.
In order to avoid the drawbacks of an essentialized understanding of performance we want to analyse how performative creativity and imagination can underpin political claims or hopes, enhance social senses of belonging and create space for shared experiences. Therefore it is important to highlight the complex and often ambivalent ways in which performances produce meaning. Apart from explicit and implicit phrasings in for instance lyrics, speeches or parodies, performative practices also include a-semantic modes of experience and perceptions of reality.
We invite empirical and conceptual work illustrating this multi-layered ‘signifying’ through performances.
The deadline for the submission of paper abstracts is Wednesday 22 December 2010.
Please submit your paper abstract (maximum 400 words) via the link on http://www.nai.uu.se/ecas-4/. To submit your abstract you first need to register as an official conference website user. After registration you will receive an e-mail with access confirmation and further instructions on how to submit your abstract. Please read and follow these instructions carefully.
All paper proposals will be reviewed in January 2011, and those who have submitted abstracts will be notified no later than 28 February 2011 as to whether their paper has been accepted or not.
For questions relating to papers you wish to propose to this panels, please contact one of the panel organisers directly (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). For general questions concerning paper proposals, please contact the Organising Committee of ECAS 4 at: ECAS4@nai.uu.se
Dr. Geert Castryck
Institut für Afrikanistik
DE - 04107 Leipzig
+ 49 (0)341 - 97 37032
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