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Pushing Form: Innovation and Interconnection in Contemporary European Performance
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National University of Ireland, Galway
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Pushing Form: Innovation and Interconnection in Contemporary European Performance, 25-26 April 2014
Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway
European and Western performance discourse historically has often presumed a hegemonic and majority white field of practice despite an increasingly diverse European population. How does the present reality of European theatre and performance challenge traditional assumptions? And how specifically does formal innovation provide the space for critiques of power and hierarchy that may rework the concept of “Europe” as realized through performance? How have artists responded through form to neoliberalism and globalization in the wake of the most recent world economic crisis and how does their specifically European context set the terms of this response?
This conference queries what it means to define the field of European performance. As such, we are committed to supporting the publication and wide dissemination of our conference proceedings. We invite submissions that will consider key debates in terminology surrounding innovative emerging work, seeking also to build on older genealogies of practice in Europe and beyond. For the purpose of this discussion, we use “European performance” to designate work that happens within the continent as opposed to the European Union exclusively, although these differential power dynamics will be crucial to our inquiry.
By considering macro-European trends in relation to national case studies, “Pushing Form” will explore the meaning of “contemporary,” “European” and “performance” in relation to each other. We hope to map not only the current field, but what may lie just beyond it.
Presentations might address topics including but not limited to:
Abstracts (max 500 words) outlining proposed presentations can be submitted as email attachments to each of the conference organizers on or before 1 February 2014:
Dr Charlotte McIvor, NUI, Galway: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Siobhán O’Gorman, Trinity College Dublin: email@example.com
Dr Miriam Haughton, University of Ulster: firstname.lastname@example.org