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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.


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

                             Baltimore Marriot Waterfront, Baltimore, MD



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



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 Selected participants will be notified in June and must register for and attend the ASTR conference in Baltimore November 20th -23rd.

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