Performing the Accidental Archive - 17 April 2015

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York University Theatre and Performance Studies Graduate Student Symposium
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Performing the Accidental Archive, the fourth annual York University Theatre and Performance Studies Graduate Student Symposium, invites submissions for papers, installations, performances, manifestos, and workshops. In recent years, much theatre and performance studies work has been devoted to investigating, critiquing, and expanding upon the embodiments, objects, places, and practices that comprise the archive. Performing the Accidental Archive is a call to further these discussions by imaginatively exploring the places, practices, objects, and events that are archival despite themselves and that point towards the unintended and incidental remains of our everyday lives and actions. The Oxford English Dictionary defines accidental as "not essential to the existence of a thing," and as something relating to or occurring "by chance, unintentionally, or unexpectedly [...] or produced by accident." "Accidental Archives" then refers to the non-essential, the contingent, the secondary, the subsidiary places, objects, and actions that are unintentionally archived, or that remain in different, transformed, and stubborn, immutable ways.

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Please respond to this call by submitting your 200-250 word abstract and a 100-word bio to on or before January 10, 2015.

Given the nature of the topic, we strongly encourage submissions that step outside of paper-presentation norms in order to explore concepts of alternative archival practices in both content and form. Standard papers will still be accepted. Please clearly indicate whether you are proposing a paper presentation, performance, manifesto, or workshop, and make sure to include your technical requirements (within reason).

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