CFP: [Theatre] CFP: Engaging the (Theatre) Canon

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Call for Papers: Engaging the (Theatre) Canon
Graduate Center, April 4, 2008.

Sponsored by the Doctoral Theatre Students Association of the Graduate

The goal of this graduate student conference is to address the concept
and implications of the theatrical canon, or theatrical canons. We seek
diverse and stimulating papers that will investigate how the canon is
established, maintained, exported, imported, or challenged.
Questions we seek to address include: How are theatrical canons formed?
Is there one theatrical canon? What are the ways in which traditional
canons (such as hemispheric, national, or world canons) have been
formed? How does the creation of new canons (feminist, queer,
multicultural, postcolonial) resist the authority of conventional canons,
or reinscribe different hierarchies? What are the political, economic,
and/or social implications of upholding or troubling canons? What are
some of the ways canons can be demystified, interrogated, or challenged,
through pedagogy and praxis? Are canons necessary? What kinds of
cultural work does canon-formation do? Are communities of knowledge
created through canons, or do they promote intellectual pecking orders by
design? How does the "body of knowledge" approach to theatre pedagogy
compare with a skills-based approach?

Seeking a critical engagement with the subject of the conference, we
invite papers that engage with the notion of the theatrical canons and
their implications, especiallyâ€"though not exclusivelyâ€"in academia.
Possible topics may include:
= The Inscription of the Western Canon
= National and/or World Canon(s)
= Queer Canon
= Postcolonial Canon
= Feminist Canon
= Overrepresentation, Focal Points, and Absences in the Canon
= Demystifying the Canon
= Political, Economic, and/or Social Implications of Upholding or
Troubling the Canon
= The Complexities of Designing Theatre History Courses

Please submit a 300-word abstract for consideration to by DECEMBER 1, 2007.

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