CFP: Performance Studies International 12, Performing Rights (UK) (9/12/05; 6/15/06-6/18/06)

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Jen Harvie
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Call for Proposals: Performance Studies International #12 Conference

Queen Mary, University of London, in collaboration with

East End Collaborations and the Live Art Development Agency (UK)

15-18 June, 2006


PSi #12: Performing Rights will gather artists, activists and academics
for a festival of creative and critical dialogues investigating the
relationships between human rights and performance. We are linking human
rights and performance because of the significance of human rights in a
time of war and globalisation, and because of the bold claims made for
performance as a means of understanding the world. PSi #12: Performing
Rights will present an integrated schedule of conference and performance

What can performance do for human rights,
and human rights for performance?

Proposals might consider the relationship between performance and human
rights in terms of:

=B7 the performance of protest, revolution and insurrection

=B7 non-violent direct action

=B7 performance as a space of freedom

=B7 the role of performance in producing social/public and
personal/private spaces

=B7 the performance of identities that create new political

=B7 the relationship between theory and practice in human rights

=B7 performance, intimacy and subjectivity

=B7 the relationship between performance anthropology and human

=B7 performances of the human, violence against humans and the
human capacity for suffering

=B7 performance's role in shaping understandings and experiences
of what it is to be human

=B7 the performativity of human rights discourse, its
instruments, conventions, and declarations

=B7 the place of performance in developing human rights in
relation to other rights, including, for example, the rights of
non-human animals

=B7 freedom of expression and information.

Paper and presentation proposals:

Proposals for papers and presentations should include a 250-word
abstract including your name, affiliation, mailing address, and email
address. Full-length papers will not be accepted.

Panel proposals:

All panel proposals should include a 300-word rationale. If you have
constituted the members of your panel (usually three speakers), you
should include participants' names and contact information. If you have
not constituted the members of your proposed panel but are instead
simply proposing a panel topic, you must include a text for the call for
papers which we will distribute by email in October 2005.

All paper, presentation and panel proposals are due by 12 SEPTEMBER,
2005. All submissions should be sent as email attachments in MS Word to or, if this is not possible, in triplicate to PSi #12,
School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End
Road, London, E1 4NS, UK.

Call for ideas for a programme of contextualising events

The PSi #12: Performing Rights programme of contextualising events will
include performance interventions, presentations, installations,
screenings and displays. There will be invited presentations, artist led
laboratories, site experimentations and spontaneous interactions. These
will attempt to create a context for exploring the role of performance
and the responsibilities of artists in effecting political, social and
cultural change. We aim to illuminate the creative strategies that
artists and activists use to communicate issues of human rights and to
empower artists, activists and audiences to be able to make a

The contextualising activities and performance interventions for PSi #12
will include the following strands:

Library of Materials: A space housing resource and research materials
which explore and enable experiment-activation, transmission and
documentation of human rights/performance.

Declaration and Manifesto Room: A 24 hour a day space in which
statements, polemics and declarations can be presented, performed and
posted and where web-based interventions and international input will be
actively solicited.

Presentations: A series of invited presentations illustrating
performance as a strategy for negotiating issues of human rights. The
programme will look at performance as a generative force for action,
agency, illumination, embodiment, illustration, intervention, and
protest through the strategies of visibility, empowerment, activism and

PSi #12: Performing Rights are inviting submissions, recommendations and
ideas for the programme of contextualising activities and performance

PSi #12 particularly welcomes information or proposals about artists,
projects and initiatives that are concerned with, or informed by, issues
of human rights and especially projects that it may not be possible to
research through conventional channels.

Preliminary ideas, recommendations and proposals (including for example
information about projects, websites, publications, etc.) should be
submitted AS SOON AS POSSIBLE FROM APRIL, 2005, as email attachments in
MS Word to or, if this is not possible, in triplicate
to PSi #12, School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of
London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS, UK.

The PSi #12: Performing Rights Programme Committee: Lois Weaver (Chair),
Maria Delgado, Jen Harvie, Paul Heritage, Caoimhe McAvinchey, Nicholas
Ridout, Morag Shiach, Gregor Turbyne, and Martin Welton (all Queen Mary,
University of London), Lois Keidan and Daniel Brine (Live Art
Development Agency), Rose Sharp (East End Collaborations), and Adrian
Heathfield (PSi).

PSi #12: Performing Rights organisations:

Queen Mary, University of London, is a campus university in London's
East End, only twenty minutes by tube from the city centre. Arts and
Humanities research at Queen Mary is regarded as some of the very best
in the UK. Drama at Queen Mary has a particular emphasis on live art,
contemporary performance and theatre for social change.

The Live Art Development Agency is the leading development organisation
for Live Art in the UK and works in partnership with practitioners,
venues and institutions on artist and programme initiatives; develops
strategies for increasing popular and critical awareness; provides
practical information and advice; and offers opportunities for dialogue,
debate, research and training;

East End Collaborations (EEC) responds to the professional development
needs of graduates and emerging artists working with Live Art and based
in London by offering information, advice and expertise and the
opportunity to showcase work in an annual open submissions platform.
East End Collaborations is a collaboration between Queen Mary,
University of London, East End Collaborations the Company and the Live
Art Development Agency.

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