Call for papers
What is African Theatre and Performance? is an African Theatre Association conference hosted by Goldsmiths, University of London and the University of Derby to be held July 11 – 14, 2013. The conference, which will convene keynote speakers presentations on African and African Diasporic theatre and performance, is the first one to focus on the theory of African performance.
The aim of the conference is to investigate the complex issues surrounding the theorisation of African performance and theatre – papers are invited which address, among other things, its production, construction, staging, appreciation and criticism. The conference will be structured around panels/papers/performed presentations that offer disciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches in the hope of opening up discussion and new routes for research in a number of interrelated areas in the field of African and African diasporic theatre and performance.
Potential topics could be on/from:
Audiences in/of African Theatre and Performance
(Post)Colonial Theatre and Performance
Indigenous vs Contemporary performance
African Ritual Theatre
Rural and Urban Performances
Play and Performance
Presentation and Representation
Languages of Performance
Scenography in African theatre
Performance spaces/Proxemics in African theatre
Theatre and Performances of the African Diasporas
African Dance, Music and Theatre and the Idea of Play and Performance in Africa
It asks how do we ‘feel’, ‘sense’, ‘know’, ‘describe’, ‘judge’ ‘memorise’ African performance? How do its ‘intensities’ register and circulate? What forms or language do we use or have we used to articulate, encode, debate and record these feelings, memories, judgements, sensings, knowledge? Is there a uniquely African understanding or sensibilities of theatre and performance?
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