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Women and Science in Performance
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Canadian Association for Theatre Research
Women and Science in Performance Seminar
2009 Canadian Association for Theatre Research Conference in Montreal
Over the years countless plays have used science to rationalize patriarchal ideologies and the staging of women as ‘naturally’ compassionate, nurturing, emotional, weak, and subordinate. Because of this, feminists have traditionally been suspicious of any recourse to the question of science, particularly the biological and medical sciences. However, recent feminist theorists, such as Elizabeth Grosz and Donna Haraway, have called for a reevaluation of the ways that science has been, is being, and can be deployed to critique conventional “relations of domination and subordination between races and sexes” (Grosz 33). Responding to this challenge, theatre scholars have begun to look back to historical plays and performances to develop a more nuanced understanding of the ways that science has been molded to align with the ever‐changing roles of women in society. Likewise, contemporary playwrights and performers have deployed science in their own work explicitly to critique traditional patriarchal ideologies and redefine gender identity.
1. To what ends have feminist playwrights and performers deployed science in their work?
Interested participants are asked to submit 250‐word abstracts to Lourdes Arciniega (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or James Lange (email@example.com) by December 1, 2009. The seminar leaders will choose ten participants who will be notified of their acceptance by January 20, 2010. Seminar participants will then be asked to submit an 8‐10 page paper on a topic relevant to the discussion by March 22, 2010. The seminar leaders will also submit papers. The papers will be posted on a wetpaint.com webpage designed specifically for this seminar.