American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Theatre Library Association (TLA, Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) 2013 Meeting in Dallas, Texas, November 2013
Session Title: Theatres of War: Performing Big Ideas on Big Stages
Jenna L. Kubly, Independent Scholar, JLKubly@yahoo.com
Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix, Miami University, email@example.com
As part of the ongoing theatre of war working group, we seek to continue our exploration of war’s relationship to theatre and performance. The investigation of multiple theatres of war is relevant because the presentation of war—whether a current conflict or an ancient one—always involves the performance of ideology and identity; we fight for freedom, religion, world domination, resources vital to human survival—essential things, big things. The working group seeks to bring together a diverse group of scholars, methodologies, and research interests to continue our conversation about the complex representation of war in culture, and the performative nature of war in its various theatres.
Papers might address how plays, performances, musicals, operas, popular entertainments, re-enactments, and dance relate to these ideas:
• Theatre/performances’ relationship to “war” (past and present military conflicts, the war on terror, etc.)
• How war shapes and is shaped by theatre/performance
• Revolution as translated into theatre/performance and how revolution reflects identity
• The necessity of theatre during wartime with relation to propaganda, to resistance, and to morale
• The re-doing or reenactment of war in cultural performance and in the theatre
• Imagining “theatres of” war: how space and time relate to constructions of “war” in performance. Do aesthetic practices, spectator expectations, or contemporary sociopolitical climates contribute to these re-imaginings?
• The war-time audience
• The subjects at the center and at the margins of theatres of war
• The creation of the “canon” within theatres of war
• What is the result of resituating a non-war play to a war zone?
The format for this working group has three distinct components. First, participants will submit a preliminary draft by September 20, 2013. The conveners will help facilitate an initial exchange of papers; participants are expected to read and respond to 3-4 papers at this time. Final papers (15-20 pages) should be submitted by October 17, 2013. The conveners will divide the participants into different small subgroups for another exchange of papers. During the conference session, subgroups will respond to larger questions suggested by the conveners, before coming together for a discussion that will include all participants.
All papers must be submitted electronically in MS Word or a compatible format. Images, video, music or other multimedia are strongly encouraged, but the participant must be able share it with the group prior to the conference.
Please submit (in a single document) an abstract (300 words), along with name, affiliation, and brief bio (150 words) to JLKubly@yahoo.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by June 3, 2013.
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