Call for Papers: Symposium at the International Vocal Arts Workshop, Jeunesses Musicales Croatia, Grožnjan, 29 May 2016

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International Vocal Arts Workshop, Jeunesses Musicales Croatia
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Performing the Other

The image of the "Other" often calls forth attraction and a glorification of the exotic, along with the daring to explore and own the unknown. It can also evoke fear, distrust, even revulsion and hatred. Otherness is tightly intertwined with performance and education. It can determine how we see, how we learn, how we experience the world through our senses. We see Otherness in depictions of race, gender and sexual orientation, ethnicity, local affiliations, habits of our neighbors, in our relation to nature and environment. In this symposium, we will explore the many manifestations of Otherness in the performing arts, including cultural, sociological, pedagogical, aesthetic, technological, and historical aspects, as expressed in all the arts.

Issues to be explored may include:
• What does it mean to mediate the experience of the "Other" for an audience? What are the responsibilities of an intermediary? Whose perspective is prioritized?
• Does art require externalizing one's interiority in order to represent it to others? Is internalizing the "Other" an essential first step in this process?
• To perform is to go to "another place." How do musicians and artists negotiate the constantly migrating identities, styles, and contexts in their performing lives? How does exile, external or internal, relate to "Otherness"?
• The stranger, the migrant, the foreigner, call forth the idea of an "Other," often with a negative aura: taboo, intolerance, fear, and frustration. How can "Performing the Other" instead stress commonalities?

In short, we welcome many viewpoints, from artists, critics, students, researchers, to help illuminate the subject. Proposals in the form of papers, presentations, workshops, and other interactive formats are welcome.

Je est un autre. (I is an Other.) —Rimbaud
And now, what's going to happen to us without barbarians?
They were, those people, a kind of solution. —Cavafy

Decisions regarding the status of submitted proposals will be made and communicated via email as quickly as possible following the submission deadline, and no later than 30 April.