CFP: [General] Politics of Play and Performance

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Wendy Matlock
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3nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference
April 18 and 19, 2008
California State University, Sacramento

The third annual ASNR conference invites papers that address the politics
or politicization of play and performance, festival and frivolity. This
interdisciplinary conference provides a forum for considering
manifestations of play and performance at macro- and micro-levels of
everyday life, both historically and contemporarily. We invite abstracts
for papers in the humanities and social sciences that address the
following or related ideas:

• How play/performance rejects, subverts or maintains normative
values across contexts, societies, and time periods;
• How forms of play and performance are deployed tactically to
achieve particular ends;
• If particular forms or areas of play and performance are erased
or "left out" from both local and global analyses;
• How these moments articulate the lives of performers and audience;
• What are the discursive stakes of referring to social and
cultural events and practices as “play”?

The conference is open to scholars of all ranks. Please submit a 250
word abstract by February 1, 2008. Abstracts should be sent via email.
Please send to

Inquires may be directed to Dr. Cindi SturtzSreetharan and Dr. Erin
Stiles at

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