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June 1st Deadline - ASTR CFP: Performing the Boundaries Between Theatre Studies and Dance Studies

Posted By Ira S. Murfin, Northwestern University, Monday, May 26, 2014

Proposals due June 1st.
Please circulate.

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Call for Proposals: ASTR/TLA 2014 Conference, November 20-23

                             Baltimore Marriot Waterfront, Baltimore, MD

                             http://www.astr.org/?page=Conference

 

Performing the Boundaries Between Theatre Studies and Dance Studies

Working Session Conveners:

Susan Manning, Northwestern University

Nadine George-Graves, University of California, San Diego

Ira S. Murfin, Northwestern University

(Contact: Ira-Murfin@u.northwestern.edu)

 

Continuing the work of the 2012 session Working Between Theatre Studies and Dance Studies, this session builds on an institutional history within ASTR of both integrating theatre and dance studies and seeking to distinguish the boundaries between them. Following the earlier session, as well as ASTR’s 2010 joint meeting with the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD), which saw the establishment of awards supporting intersections of theatre and dance scholarship, and in anticipation of the new Oxford Handbook of Theatre and Dance edited by session co-convener Nadine George-Graves, we look to deepen and expand the conversation between these distinct but intertwined fields.

 

We ask: How do the frames of theatre and dance studies perform different understandings of history, practice, and pedagogy? We hope papers will look to the historical record to include topics that predate recent interdisciplinary tendencies. At the same time, we hope that the session will not only prompt papers on practices that incorporate recognizable elements of the two disciplines, but also inventive scholarly initiatives that broadly apply methodologies synthesized from both fields. Possible areas of inquiry might include:

 

·       How dance and theatre are positioned differently and taught differently within academic institutions.

·       Interpretations of ‘dance-theatre’ in different contexts.

·       Comparative topics in theatre and dance (e.g., verfremdungseffekt in the theatre of Bertolt Brecht and the dance of Valeska Gert.)

·       Historically multi-disciplinary forms (e.g., opera, court entertainments.)

·       Elements of theatre and dance as experimental interventions within each other’s traditions (e.g., Lecture performance in dance; movement-based theatre.)

·       Applications of theatre studies to a figure or topic from dance history, or vice versa (e.g., theatre studies perspectives on Pina Bausch or Martha Graham; a dance studies analysis of Ibsen.)

·       How methods and terminology used in the production of theatre and dance differently affect scholarship (e.g., play text/dance scenario; revival/reconstruction; approaches to dramaturgy.)

 

Participants will be divided into smaller groups of 5-7 people, organized to encourage exchange across topics and perspectives.  By October 15, participants will submit their papers (<15 pgs) to their group’s online forum. In the weeks leading up to the conference participants will offer feedback and discuss themes, questions, and points of disjunction that emerge within the groups. During the 2-hour time slot, participants will first break up into their groups to continue the pre-conference discussion.  We will reconvene to share our findings and make connections across groups in the second half of the meeting, reserving time for questions and participation from observers.

 

We are establishing this as a biennial group focused on approaching intersections in the study, practice, and teaching of theatre and dance from a wide range of perspectives. We encourage both new participants and those returning from the 2012 session to submit proposals to continue the group’s work. We are particularly interested in papers focused on historical objects of study, as well as proposals that inventively cross disciplinary divides, though we are open to all relevant topics.

 

Proposals are invited from scholars at all levels in the form of a 300-word abstract and a brief bio, due June 1st, 2014. Please submit your proposal as an email attachment to: Ira S. Murfin at Ira-Murfin@u.northwestern.edu. Selected participants will be notified in June and must register for and attend the ASTR conference in Baltimore November 20th -23rd. http://www.astr.org/?14_Working_Sessions#PB

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[Reminder - Deadline Extended] Call for Volunteers: GSC Conference Assistance Committee for ASTR 2014 in Baltimore

Posted By Ira S. Murfin, Northwestern University, Monday, February 10, 2014

ASTR’s Graduate Student Caucus (GSC), the body representing current and recent graduate students within ASTR, is still looking for graduate students interested in volunteering for the 2014 ASTR Conference Assistance Committee. The conference assistance committee is in charge of putting together a comprehensive information packet to help both graduate students and conference attendees in general navigate the conference and the host city - this year Baltimore! We are in need of additional volunteers and have extended the response deadline until February 21st. Please see below for details:


We seek volunteers to form four subcommittees that will each be tasked with independently gathering and organizing useful information to be compiled into an informational packet in advance of the conference. These are:


  • Arts & Entertainment: Provide a guide to performances, music, museums, nightlife, sightseeing, and other cultural activities, as well as general information about walkable neighborhoods accessible to the conference hotel. May need to coordinate with the Food & Drink and Transportation subcommittees.

  • Food & Drink: Provide a guide to a variety of options for food, coffee, & drinking both convenient to the hotel and worthwhile destinations for those who wish to travel farther afield. May need to coordinate with Arts & Entertainment and Transportation subcommittees, especially to identify dining options near performance venues and other cultural attractions.

  • Transportation: Guide to transportation in Baltimore, including driving directions, information on getting to the conference hotel from transportation hubs by taxi, public transit, etc., and information about getting around Baltimore by public transit, on foot, and by alternative methods (bike sharing, etc.) May need to coordinate with the Arts & Entertainment and Food & Drink subcommittees.

  • Conference Navigation: A guide to conference basics, including introducing the different types of sessions at ASTR and how to participate, and highlighting some events and aspects of the conference that may be of particular interest, especially to those newer to ASTR. May need to coordinate with the GSC representatives to the ASTR Executive Committee and a representative from the GSC Web Committee, which has already published some of this information on the GSC blog. It would be useful to have the voice of someone in this group who has attended ASTR before.


Each of these groups will work independently, in consultation with one another and the committee co-chairs, to research and compile a useful set of information for the guide. Some will require more research, writing, and coordination, others are more straightforward. So long as subcommittees work together no individual should have to do an overwhelming amount of work. Once formed, the subcommittees will have 4-5 months to prepare their material before final submission to the committee co-chairs, so there should be plenty of time.


Volunteering for the Conference Assistance Committee is a great way to get involved with the GSC and meet other graduate students in the field. It is also a good professional service credit to add to your CV. You do not have to have attended an ASTR conference before to volunteer, though those who have done so are encouraged to contribute the wisdom of experience, it is nice to have a mix of newer and more experienced perspectives. If you are familiar with Baltimore at all, that is also a plus, though not at all a requirement.


If you are interested in volunteering, please send your contact information and your first and second choices of subcommittees you would like to work on, to committee co-chair Ira S. Murfin at Ira-Murfin@u.northwestern.edu by February 21st.  We will respond with assignments and further instructions soon thereafter.



With thanks,

Areum Jeong & Ira S. Murfin

Conference Assistance Committee Co-Chairs

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Call for Volunteers: GSC Conference Assistance Committee for ASTR 2014 in Baltimore

Posted By Ira S. Murfin, Northwestern University, Tuesday, January 21, 2014

ASTR’s Graduate Student Caucus (GSC), the body representing current and recent graduate students within ASTR, is looking for graduate students interested in getting involved with the GSC and working with colleagues at other institutions by volunteering for the 2014 ASTR Conference Assistance Committee. The conference assistance committee is in charge of putting together a comprehensive information packet to help both graduate students and conference attendees in general navigate the conference and the host city - this year Baltimore!

 

We seek volunteers to form four subcommittees that will each be tasked with independently gathering and organizing useful information to be compiled into an informational packet in advance of the conference. These are:

 

  • Arts & Entertainment: Provide a guide to performances, music, museums, nightlife, sightseeing, and other cultural activities, as well as general information about walkable neighborhoods accessible to the conference hotel. May need to coordinate with the Food & Drink and Transportation subcommittees.

  • Food & Drink: Provide a guide to a variety of options for food, coffee, & drinking both convenient to the hotel and worthwhile destinations for those who wish to travel farther afield. May need to coordinate with Arts & Entertainment and Transportation subcommittees, especially to identify dining options near performance venues and other cultural attractions.

  • Transportation: Guide to transportation in Baltimore, including driving directions, information on getting to the conference hotel from transportation hubs by taxi, public transit, etc., and information about getting around Baltimore by public transit, on foot, and by alternative methods (bike sharing, etc.) May need to coordinate with the Arts & Entertainment and Food & Drink subcommittees.

  • Conference Navigation: A guide to conference basics, including introducing the different types of sessions at ASTR and how to participate, and highlighting some events and aspects of the conference that may be of particular interest, especially to those newer to ASTR. May need to coordinate with the GSC representatives to the ASTR Executive Committee and a representative from the GSC Web Committee, which has already published some of this information on the GSC blog. It would be useful to have the voice of someone in this group who has attended ASTR before.

 

Each of these groups will work independently, in consultation with one another and the committee co-chairs, to research and compile a useful set of information for the guide. Some will require more research, writing, and coordination, others are more straightforward. So long as subcommittees work together no individual should have to do an overwhelming amount of work. Once formed, the subcommittees will have 4-5 months to prepare their material before final submission to the committee co-chairs, so there should be plenty of time.

 

Volunteering for the Conference Assistance Committee is a great way to get involved with the GSC and meet other graduate students in the field. It is also a good professional service credit to add to your CV. You do not have to have attended an ASTR conference before to volunteer, though those who have done so are encouraged to contribute the wisdom of experience, it is nice to have a mix of newer and more experienced perspectives. If you are familiar with Baltimore at all, that is also a plus, though not at all a requirement.


If you are interested in volunteering, please send your contact information and your first and second choices of subcommittees you would like to work on, to committee co-chair Ira S. Murfin at Ira-Murfin@u.northwestern.edu by February 10th.  We will respond with assignments and further instructions soon thereafter.


With thanks,

Areum Jeong & Ira S. Murfin

Conference Assistance Committee Co-Chairs

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