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CFP: Theatre and Film/Cinema and Performance (5/31/07; ASTR, 11/15/07-11/18/07)
full name / name of organization:
SHANNON BLAKE SKELTON
ASTR (American Society for Theatre Research)
In the December 2006 Theatre Journal issue centered upon "Film and Theatre," David Z. Saltz writes, "Theatre and film are kindred phenomena whose histories are intimately intertwined." For decades the contentious, yet at times symbiotic, relationship between theatre and cinema has fascinated both scholars and artists. As barriers between disciplines erode to allow for scholarly exploration, the flexible and porous border that separates theatre and film has emerged as an intriguing location for innovative research. By exploring the dynamics of theatre and cinema production, research, history, theory, and pedagogy, the scholar can develop approaches to analysis that move beyond the paradigm of trans-medium adaptation. With such research and analysis, we can ask: How do theatre and film inform one another? How can theoretical issues from one field be applied to the other? How do pedagogues approach the disciplines when both are presented in coursework? How are the mediu
Selected topics for discussion and dialogue include:
To facilitate a conversation between scholars interested in this area of research, a website will be constructed to provide a forum space, areas for blogs and posts, links, and performance and film clips. In addition, this format will allow us to create a virtual conversation both before and after our formal meeting at the ASTR conference. The website will also allow for the creation of a comprehensive and evolving bibliography that will assist in our research.
The 2007 conference follows the American Society for Theatre Research's self-reflexive fiftieth anniversary and will be hosted in Phoenix, a city located on the geopolitical border between two American nation-states. It thus seems appropriate for ASTR to continue examining the first term in its organizational name. "America" geographically denotes the Western hemisphere or any country therein, and the word has retained its multiple evocative connotations; yet, as Mexican performance artist Jesusa Rodríguez reminds us, "America" is also an interventionist term, imposed, invented, and so all-encompassing that it runs the risk of empty signification. Does "America" predate Vespucci?