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TDGSO Annual Graduate Students Conference, UW Madison

Posted By Shaun Franklin-Sewell, Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Call for Papers: Embodiment
TDGSO 2014 Annual Graduate Students Conference, UW Madison
February 28--March 1, 2014

The University of Wisconsin’s Theatre Graduate Student Organization invites abstract submissions for its 2014 annual conference on the topic of embodiment.

The conference will feature a keynote address by Professor Harvey Young of Northwestern University (Chicago), as well as a workshop by Rhodessa Jones, Co-Artistic director of Cultural Odyssey (San Francisco), actress, teacher, singer, and writer.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Performing race and ethnicity
  • Performing gender or sexuality
  • Bodies in space
  • Acting as embodiment
  • Spectatorship
  • Embodiment in theatre theory (Copeau, Meyerhold, Artaud, Grotowski, Barba, etc.)
  • Narratives of the athletic body
  • Enacting national identity
  • Representing (dis)ability
  • The non-human body on stage
  • Physicalizing culture
  • Performing simultaneity in drag, mask, puppetry, etc.
  • The life of props

We welcome presentations from graduate students in all areas including acting, directing, design, technology, art and art history, theatre research, foreign languages and literatures, performance studies, cultural studies, etc. Graduate students from any and all department are welcome to submit their abstracts.

Abstracts (up to 300 words) should be submitted to by December 31. Apart from abstracts for standard 20 minute conference presentations, submissions for alternative formats (such as performance pieces, short workshops, or performance lectures) are strongly encouraged, as well as panel proposals. Please include the title of your paper, your name, affiliation, short bio (up to 70 words), and A/V requests. Accepted papers will be grouped into panels with papers/performances of complementary themes.

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