CFP: Performing the City (11/1/05; ACTR, 5/27/06-5/30/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Laura Levin
contact email: 

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2006 ACTR Conference / Congrès de l'ARTC 2006
Association for Canadian Theatre Research
Association de la recherche théâtrale au Canada


The next ACTR annual conference will be held May 27 to 30, 2006, at
York University, Toronto, as part of the Congress of the Social
Sciences and Humanities. ACTR welcomes papers on all topics and
practices of interest to the organization, both Canadian and

Given the location of our 2006 conference in Canada's largest city, and
in light of the intense debate over the means and methods of urban
renewal currently playing out in Toronto, we especially invite
proposals relating to this year's conference theme:

Performing the City

Our conference this year will explore multiple intersections between
performance and the city: the city as the site of performance, the city
as theatre's material, historical, and ideological context, and
theatrical representations of the city. We especially encourage papers
that engage with the city as an international and intercultural entity,
and we welcome perspectives that trouble the local, national, and
cultural frames through which performance is traditionally read.

Papers might consider a wide range of questions, including: How do
representations of the city either shore up or complicate claims of
national identity? What conversations about racial, sexual, and
cultural diversity are enabled by the urban contexts of performance?
What can the history of urban theatre and performance tell us about
contemporary trends and practices? How do contemporary performance
genres (site-specific performance, agitprop and community theatre, slam
poetry, drag balls, flash mobs, protests) respond to the economic and
political contrasts of the city?

On a broader, disciplinary level, how can we understand our own
performance research as a globally networked entity? How might our
engagement with different disciplines (theatre history,
literary/textual studies, performance studies, urban planning, cultural
geography) provide a fuller picture of theatre as an urban institution
and practice?

Paper and presentation proposals:
Proposals for papers and presentations should include a 250-word
abstract and a short bio. Actors, designers, directors, playwrights
and educators are particularly encouraged to share their work in the
form of workshops, performance pieces and demonstrations. Paper and
presentation proposals are due by November 15, 2005.

Panel proposals:
We invite panels that address the Congress theme, a special research
topic, or a current issue of concern to theatre scholars. Proposals
for varied and innovative formats are welcome, including 3-person
panels, seminars, and roundtables. All panel proposals should include
a 250-word rationale. If you have selected the members of your
proposed panel, you should include participants' names, affiliations,
paper titles, and contact information. If you are proposing a panel
that will be filled by an open call, please include the text for the
call for papers. Panel proposals are due by November 1, 2005.

Please send submissions (preferably as email attachments in MS Word) to:

Laura Levin
Department of Theatre
317 Centre for Film & Theatre
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3

Please note that all presenters must be paid-up ACTR members at the
time of their presentations.

The Association for Canadian Theatre Research is a non-profit
organization founded in 1976 to support and encourage research in
theatre and performance studies in Canada, with a special interest in
Canadian work.

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