Performing Research: Creative Exchanges

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Performing Research: Creative Exchanges

Central School of Speech and Drama Postgraduate Conference

19th and 20th January 2012

The postgraduate community of the Central School of Speech & Drama invites proposals for papers, provocations and performance lectures for their January conference, Performing Research: Creative Exchanges. Engaging with a wide variety of research areas in theatre and performance, we welcome submissions from postgraduate students, established scholars and independent researchers.

Prospective Themes include, but are not limited to, the following...

Applied Theatre and Dramatherapy

- Theatre practice with 'at risk' groups.

- Disability in performance.

- Therapeutic effects of performance.

Culture and Performance

- Intercultural performance.

- Cultural capital in contemporary performance practices

- Cultural identity and diaspora.

Doing Gender

- Gender identity and heteronormative representation.

- Queer bodies on stage and screen.

- The sexual politics of laughter.

Mind and Body in Performance

- Cognitive science approaches to performance.

- The embodied, embedded and extended mind hypotheses.

- Psychoanalysis and performance.

Performance and Philosophy

- Epistemology of Performance.

- Self and authenticity in performances.

- Phenomenological approaches to Theatre.

Contemporary Performance Practices

- Intermediality on the contemporary stage.

- Immersive and interactive practices.

- 21st Century actor training.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Tuesday, 15th November 2011. Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to, along with a brief biography including your name and institutional affiliation (if applicable) in a separate document. Documents should be either .doc or .pdf formats. 

Paper presentations will be allocated 20 minutes of speaking time and 10 minutes of questions, provocations will be allocated 10 minutes of speaking time and 5 minutes of discussion. All presenters will have access to Powerpoint, and any further technical requirements should be specified in the candidate's abstract.

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