Reminder: CfP, GSA 2017 – Panel Series: “Subjects of Performance”

Reminder: Abstracts due Monday, February 6

Call for Papers
GSA 2017, Atlanta, October 5-8
submission deadline: 6. February

Panel Series: “Subjects of Performance”

Organizers: Caroline Weist (University of Richmond) and Sara Jackson (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), via GTPR

We invite proposals for individual papers or full panels to constitute a panel series on “Subjects of Performance.”

All live performance practices, by virtue of their inherently public and embodied nature, intervene – whether intentionally or implicitly – in the conception and politics of identity. Research in historical and contemporary theater, opera, dance, and performance art reveals consistent efforts to interrogate key categories of subject status and subjectivity such as nationality, gender, race, class, and the body. This panel series aims to explore this diverse field with particular attention to the ways in which German performances and performance practices have specifically intervened in the cultural and political production of normative and nonnormative subjects.

We invite proposals for individual papers (to be coordinated into panels) or full panels that fit within the series. Proposals can be related to any field of live performance (theater, dance, music, opera, performance art, etc.). Papers/panels may engage with areas of inquiry such as, but not limited to:

  • the production or deconstruction of normative subjects
  • the construction of certain embodied subjects as “other”
  • the status of bodies (of performers and viewers) in live performance
  • subjectivity and performance/performers
  • the reconstruction of performing subjects and subjects of performance in historiography
  • performance pedagogies that examine historical and contemporary subject formation
  • specific categories of identity politics in performance such as race, gender, ability, nationality, and class
  • research methodologies for recovering lost or erased subjects of performance

We particularly encourage proposals that interrogate the specific corporeal, spatial, temporal and material dimensions of live performance.

Send abstracts of 250w for individual papers, 500w for full panels, and a short bio by Monday, February 6 to:

Please also indicate if you would be interested in serving as a panel moderator or commentator in addition to (or rather than) presenting a paper.

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