CFP: The Art and Politics of Collaboration (3/1/03; anthology)

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J.M. Rodriguez
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Call for Papers, Projects and Participants
Creative Differences: Essays, Rants, and Raves on the Art and Politics =
of Collaboration

This anthology will focus on collaborative creative and political =
practices. We are interested in exploring how the dynamic tensions of =
collaboration illuminate and problematize the performance of =
subjectivity. This collection will serve as an innovative point of =
reference for scholars, artists, activists and teachers interested in =
the social frictions, cultural complications and creative possibilities =
that emerge through collaboration. We are particularly interested in =
feminist, queer and anti-racist practices, including all forms of =
theater, music, dance, spoken word, comedy, film, video, mixed media, =
agit-prop, street events and performance art that engage the issues that =
subtend and animate cultural, generational, sexual, political, economic, =
religious, and regional differences. Our goal is to bring together =
essays that diverge in both style and content including theoretical =
essays, creative works, first person accounts, visual essays and =
transcribed interviews with individuals and groups. =20

Some leading questions to consider may be: What catalysts-shared points =
of orientation, common political concerns, chance encounters-lead to =
productive collaborations, and what tensions, conflicts and crises led =
to their demise? How do collaborative projects recast our =
understanding of subjectivity? How do conceptualizations of community =
and audience transform our practices as artists and activists? How do =
collaborative practices destabilize attempts to read political and =
creative production as representative of homogenous communities? =20

The following examples represent the possible range of contributions =
that we hope to bring together:

+ A comedic monologue on the relationship between performance artists =
and their cultural critics.

+ A theoretical essay on the challenges faced by academics researching =
activist and artistic communities in which they participate.

+ A visual essay by a photographer working with a group of activists on =
possibilities of representing political ideas visually.

+ A transcribed roundtable dialogue between members of a dance troupe =
and how they tackle the vexed issues of cultural rhythms, acquired =
talents, sexual attractions, differing work habits, gendered egos, and =
class-encumbered calendars. =20

We are also interested in interviewing individuals and groups involved =
in creative production and collaborating with them on producing essays =
based on transcribed interviews.

Submissions and Inquiries:

Send 2 page abstracts, project proposals, or requests for interviews, =
along with a one page artistic biography or CV to:

Theresa Tensuan, Department of English, Haverford College

370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, PA 19041-1392

Or email submissions or inquiries to:


Deadlines for submission: Abstracts are due November 1, 2002. =
Completed essays will be due March 1, 2003 =20

About us:

Juana Mar=EDa Rodr=EDguez is an Assistant Professor at Bryn Mawr College =
in the Department of English, who has worked with visual artists, =
filmmakers, activists, and academics as muse, grunt, critic, and =
consultant. Her first book, Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, =
Discursive Spaces, is expected out by New York University Press in =
January 2003.

Theresa Tensuan has worked with feminist academics, Flip poets, radical =
Catholic health care practitioners, and postmodern jugglers through her =
affiliations with the Boundaries in Question Collective, Pangit, and the =
House of Grace. She teaches contemporary American literature at =
Haverford College and is working on a book manuscript, Redefining =
Difference: Idioms of Identity and the Writing of Women of Color.

Daphne Lamothe is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University in the =
Department of English. Her research focuses in part on Black women =
writers with cross-disciplinary, feminist, and activist orientations. =
She teaches African-American literature and is currently writing her =
first book, Ethnographic Encounters in the Harlem Renaissance.=20

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