Theatre Conference International

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Centre for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South Asia
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C PRACSIS International Theatre Conference on
Body, Space and Technology in Performance
15 & 16 January 2010
The practice of theatre in twenty first century envisages radical interventions into the conceptualizations of performing bodies and performance spaces. 'Technology' in a broader and intensely philosophical sense has a pivotal role in organizing performing bodies and defining performance spaces in almost all contemporary theatre forms and traditions. The proposed international theatre conference intends to interrogate the complex interrelationship between performing bodies and performance spaces in theatre in our time. It also attempts to theoretically locate technology within the purview of 'performance' and to interpret the practice of theatre in the context of technologies of self. In a nutshell, this international conference attempts to address questions of bodies in performance, performance spaces and technology and performance in all theatre forms and approaches such as contemporary performance art, classical theatres, folk performances, solo performances, community based theatres, puppetry, theatres of diaspora, political theaters, feminist and queer performances, dance and multimedia performances. Theatres in Asia in the context of technology and performance practice will be one of the thrust areas of the conference. CPRACSIS invites proposals for papers, panels, and roundtable discussions on topics related to the conference themes mentioned above for the International Theatre Conference on 15th and 16th January 2010. The conference will be held at CPRACSIS, Thrissur, Kerala, India.
Submissions for individual papers should include a 250 word abstract. The time limit for individual papers is 20 minutes and there will be time for discussion after the presentation.
Proposals for Panels should include a brief write up on the relevance of the proposed panel and the abstract of each paper included in the panel. A panel must have three paper presenters and it can also include one discussant/respondent. Four-paper panels are also welcome, having in mind that in the case of four-paper panels each presenter will have only 15 minutes to present her/his paper.
Roundtables provides a platform to discuss a specific topic, issue or publication. A minimum of six active participants is recommended for the round table. Proposals for Round table should contain a detailed statement on the significance, topic and participants.
Research Forum is meant for emerging scholars and research students. The proposals for presentation in the research forum should contain an abstract of 250 words. The time limit for presentation is 15 minutes and five minutes discussion.
Only one paper per author will be accepted for presentation in the conference sessions, and at least one author for each paper must be at the conference in order to present the paper. All proposals are subject to peer review. Use of Visual aids is strongly recommended.
The dead line of submissions is October 10th, 2009. Abstracts should be submitted with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) telephone numbers, e) title of abstract, f) body of abstract. Panel proposals should contain the panel title, possible participants and their affiliation and e-mail addresses, and a description of the panel's subject.
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) for the submission of abstracts and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting. We will acknowledge the receipt of all abstracts submitted and inform the authors about acceptance by October 15th, after the peer review process.
Kindly send the proposals to or on or before October 10, 2009. Further details regarding conference fee, travel and accommodation will be available in the website soon. C PRACSIS is a non-profit organisation dedicated to research and innovations in visual media, culture and performance, located in Thrissur, Kerala, India, supported by an international academic community.

Conference Coordinators
C.S. Biju Ph.D.
Thrissur, Kerala, India. Phone 09446230003 &
Boris Daussa-Pastor, Graduate Centre, CUNY
New York.