[UPDATE] Scenography and Borders: Practice, Place and Politics

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Theatre and Performance Research Association

The Scenography Working Group invites proposals for our forthcoming meeting at the annual TaPRA conference in Bristol in September 2016. This year's meeting will focus on questions around the importance of place and national identity in scenography, current international politics around borders and migration, and the question of disciplinary borders in relation to scenography.

Thea Brejzek has described scenography as a "transdisciplinary practice of the design of performative space [that] can no longer be assigned to a singular genre…" (2011, 8) and this leads to a discussion of disciplinary border crossings, giving the increasing critical consensus around scenography's interdisciplinarity.

We invite presentation proposals from a wide variety of scholars and practitioners. Fully embracing the interdisciplinarity of the field, we are keen to include proposals that would be suitable for panel sessions open to members of other working groups, or joint proposals from members of more than one working group.

As a working group we actively promote practice-as-research methods and welcome proposals in a variety of different presentation formats. These formats can include, but are not limited to:
•20min paper/practice presentation
•Exhibition and Installation work
•Performance Practice

* A PowerPoint presentation with 20 images/sides set to automatically progress after 20 seconds. Presenters are then invited to speak alongside their images if they wish. This format is ideal for sharing image-based provocations or artistic practice in a time efficient manner.

If you plan to submit a proposal that includes a technical or spatial requirement, early consultation with us is important if you are planning something large, unusual or complicated. If this applies, please contact the working group convenors to discuss your requirements before you submit.

Your presentation proposal, irrespective of format, should include a 200-300 word abstract along with a short biography. We plan to structure this year's working group around the strengths of the applications we receive. If you wish to be considered as part of a panel or joint event, please state this within your proposal.

Suggested topics relating to the broad theme of 'Scenography and Borders: Practice, Place and Politics' include, but are not limited to, the following:
•International or National identities in scenography
•Contesting identity through scenography
•Regional scenographic trends
•Scenography and notions of place; or conversely, scenographies that transcend place
•Virtual scenography and distributed space/place
•Scenography and the politics of borders
•The value of national expositions at the PQ as a means of exhibiting practice in scenography
•Scenography and disciplinary borders

Proposals must be sent to each of the Scenography Working Group Co-Convenors by 18th April 2016:

Siobhán O'Gorman, siobhanmogorman@gmail.com

Luis Campos, luis.campos@bruford.ac.uk

Kathrine Sandys, Kathrine.Sandys@bruford.ac.uk

Lucy Thornett, l.thornett@lcc.arts.ac.uk


Brejzek, Thea. 2011. "On the Authoring of Space" in Expanding Scenography, edited by Thea Brejzek, 8-12. Prague: The Arts and Theatre Institute.

Only one proposal may be submitted for the TaPRA 2016 Conference at the University of Bristol. It is not permitted to submit multiple proposals or submit the same proposal to several Calls for Papers. All presenters must be TaPRA members, i.e. registered for the conference; this includes presentations given by Skype or other media broadcast even where the presenter may not physically attend the conference venue. If your paper has been accepted, yet you have not registered for the Conference by the final registration deadline of 8th August 2016, we will deem you no longer intend to participate and present at TaPRA 2016.