UPDATE: [Theatre] Theatre and Performance Research Association

full name / name of organization: 
Kate Newey
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Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the dates of this year's TaPRA conference, which
we will be hosting at the University of Leeds on Wednesday 3 to Friday 5
September 2008. Further details, which will be updated regularly as the
details are finalised, can be found at


Conference fees, including one year's membership of TaPRA, will be £135
(waged) and £50 (student/unwaged).

Presentation of research at the TaPRA conference happens through one of the
established working groups within the organisation. For information about
currently constituted working groups, and their plans and calls for papers
for the TaPRA 2008 conference go to


For 2008, we are also planning an open themed exchange to facilitate
discussion across TaPRA working groups. To complement the Working Group
sessions, we are planning two Themed Open Exchange sessions. The call for
contributions to these sessions appears below.

Many thanks and all Best Wishes,
Helen Iball, Joslin McKinney and Lourdes Orozco

Call for Papers: Themed Open Exchange

The driving forces of TaPRA are its working groups, and the annual
conferences their primary forum. At TaPRA 2007 conference in Birmingham it
became clear that the specialist focus of these groups enabled a particular
and vibrant approach to plenary discussion for the full conference. Indeed,
questions posed by each working group for discussion by the others inspired
a plenary that addressed theatre, performance and ethics from the
particular perspectives the groups represent.

Last year's conference started an interesting discussion that this call for
contributions to the two full-conference 'themed open exchange' sessions
hopes to continue. It also provides an opportunity for delegates to present
at TaPRA without and/or within an affinity to a named working group.

Proposals are sought for short (10 minute) presentations/provocations on
the theme of theatre, performance, and ethics, to facilitate discussion
across the conference. We aim to constitute panels representing a range of
specialist interests and to be inclusive of participants at all stages from
post-graduate to professor. Drawing on matters arising from the 2007
conference, proposals might consider:

(re)thinking and/or (re)theorising links between ethics and aesthetics -
and between ethics and archives and performance re/construction...

How do we decide what is acceptable in the theatre? And what is expected of

To what degree does political efficacy rely on theatrical affectiveness?

Theatrical truth and/as provisionality, authenticity, witness...

Please send 300 word proposals to h.iball_at_leeds.ac.uk by 5 May 2008.

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