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The Rest is History: Ireland, Performance and The Historical Imagination

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Call for Papers for an edited collection:

the rest is history

ireland, performance and the historical imagination

A chronicler who recites events without distinguishing between

major and minor ones acts in accordance with the following

truth: nothing that has ever happened should be regarded as lost for history.

-Walter Benjamin

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As a result of a successful symposium and interest from an international publishing house, we are editing a collection entitled, "The Rest is History: Ireland, Performance and the Historical Imagination." This collection will seek to 'brush history against the grain' to use Walter Benjamin's useful phrase, in an effort to uncover and re-imagine previously neglected Irish theatre practises.

Please find the call for papers below:

This edited collection seeks to re-negotiate the archive of Irish theatre and performance in order to cast a light on those subterranean dramaturgies that are either characterised as the discontents of historical time or indeed, transmogrified into the historical imagination.

With respect to Irish theatre and performance, which has had a perennial impetus to hold a 'mirror up to the nation', the performance of forgotten histories creates a peculiar problem; all of a sudden those irrational and forgotten logics are brought into theatres of national-popular sovereignty where they interrogate and destabilize the imagined history of the people-nation.

Sometimes these performances can have sincere ramifications, such as Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars (1926). But at other times they are easily sutured within the historical imagination (St. Patrick's Festival 1966 - ). In this way, this collection aims to act as a means of recovery, by locating histories that lurk in between the cracks and fissures to bring a new vitality to the historical archive.

Proposals are invited on relevant topics including, but not limited to, the following:

Neglected plays and performances
Plays and performances that attempt to write/re-write history
Alternative and anecdotal dramaturgies in performance
Reconsidering the Revival
Autobiography and performance
Verbatim performance
Gender and performance
Anthropology and the Irish stage
The discontents of urban/rural Ireland
The turbulence of tradition in performance
Performance that problematises modernity
Public performance
The weight of history in performance
Commemoration as performance
Oral tradition
The Occult
Early Celtic performance
Performing memory
Unknown plays by well-known playwrights

We look forward to receiving a title for your paper and an abstract proposal of 300-500 words, along with a brief biography and contact details by July 15, 2011.