CFP: Queer(ing) Performance [February 5-7 2015]

full name / name of organization: 
Festival of Original Theatre @ The University of Toronto
contact email: 
foot.graddrama@utoronto.ca

Call for Papers, Performances and Artistic Works:

The 23rd annual Festival of Original Theatre (FOOT) invites proposals to our 2015 conference: Queer(ing) Performance. Considering the performance of everyday life, as well as the staged, digital, and imagined, FOOT 2015 subverts rigid disciplinary boundaries between scholarship, practice and politics. This year’s conference not only welcomes papers on queer productions, but also work that engages queers methodologies. We invite proposals from activists, academics and artists who question, contest and revolt against scholarly and theatrical norms.

Acknowledging the ways in which queer theory, alongside many traditional theatre approaches, has privileged white able-bodied, cisgender male subjects, FOOT 2015: Queer(ing) Performance opens up the conversation to consider the multiple intersecting experiences and practices of a range of marginalized populations. FOOT 2015 questions broad applications of queer methodologies to performance through diverse conversations on postcolonialism, crip studies, critical race theory and feminisms.

FOOT 2015 invites proposals for presentations of papers, workshops, readings and performances from scholars, activist and artists in the following areas:

Queer(ing) normative LGBT Theatre and Performance
Queering conceptions of spatiality & temporality in performance
Confronting Scriptocentrism: Oral history, storytelling and spoken word
Activism, social justice, and grass-roots performance
Queer indigenous studies and performance
Trans politics and identities onstage and/or in everyday life
Regulation and Policing of Nonnormative performance
Manifestations of a turn towards the wild on stage
Drag, Burlesque and Cabaret
Queering Nostalgia, Memory and Theatre History
Performing Queer/Feminist ideologies in everyday life

Recognizing the inextricable link between performance scholarship and artistic creation, FOOT 2015 provides an outlet for diverse voices to contribute to discussions on performance studies and theatre creation from a queer standpoint. As queer(ing) theatre necessitates an open and flexible understanding of the field of performance, we welcome nontraditional proposals and formats for papers, film screenings and performances.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2014

Please send a 300-word abstract or description of your artistic work, as well as a short bio to: foot.graddrama@utoronto.ca

For more information check out our website: Foot2015.wordpress.com

cfp categories: 
gender_studies_and_sexuality
graduate_conferences
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
theatre