CFP: [Theatre] FOOT (Festival of Original Theatre): (En)gendering Performance: Feminism(s) in Representation

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Luella Massey
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The Graduate Centre for Study of Drama at the University of Toronto is
pleased to announce our annual student-run conference and festival,
the Festival of Original Theatre (FOOT), running from February 28 to
March 1, 2008 at the Drama Centre. Scholars and artists are invited to
submit proposals for papers, performances and workshops for this
year's theme, ?(En)gendering Performance: Feminism(s) in

This festival intends to initiate a inter-disciplinary interrogation
of the use of feminism as an approach to criticism of representation.
The 1970?s and 1980?s produced an unprecedented body of scholarly work
examining gender in representation; as many of the key titles produced
during this period are currently being entered into a nascent ?canon?
of feminist work?a term many feminists take issue with?we seek to
explore their relevance today. Located, as we are, in Canada and on
the cusp of a possible ?fourth wave? of feminism (what some might call
?post-feminism?!), it is crucial to ask what feminism in
representation looks like today.

We see feminism as a questioning of power and the structures,
discourses, and relationships that it prescribes and inscribes on the
subject. Using this as a working definition, FOOT 2008 seeks to
examine multiple modes of representation including, but not limited
to, theatre, film, visual arts, dance, and historiography. We see
feminism(s) in these modes as tools to break the cycles of inscription
at work in our respective cultures.

We are looking for submissions that take up the theme in any format
including, but not limited to papers, performances, posters,
installations, and workshops. Possible topics might include:

feminist performance theory
feminist performance/artistic strategies
representations of gender in theatre, film, art, or dance
feminist approaches to historiographic representation
feminist dramatic/art/dance criticism

Please submit a 300 word proposal to by
Sunday, November 25 , 2008. Please note that paper presentations will
be limited to 20 minutes. If submitting a performance, workshop, or
installation proposal, please include a list of technical and spatial

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