CFP: The Viewing of Politics and the Politics of Viewing

CFP “The Viewing of Politics and the Politics of Viewing: Theatre Challenges in the Age of Globalized Communities”

Each era brings along its own problems. Our globalized world, with its conflicts, failed promises, economic challenges, recession, vast immigration, state corruption, ecological and environmental problems, provides more than enough challenges for theatre people to face, East and West. This international conference aims to explore the role of theatre in a world characterized by radical transformations and mediated transgressions. As a living experience, theatre has always provided the audience with the unavoidable confrontation with a society in transition, engaging provocatively with questions of identity formation, (trans)national consciousness, cultural negotiations, globalizing processes, political antagonisms.

We invite proposals that explore theatre’s potential to incorporate politics and influence audiences. Scholars, researchers, and artists are invited to submit 250-word abstracts for papers or practical presentations. We especially welcome panel proposals. Panels should include, besides the title and the summary of the topic, a summary of each individual contribution. Topics may include among others:

  • Politics as theatre/Theatre as politics
  • Theatre activism in a performative society
  • Aestheticizing politics
  • Threatening hybridities
  • The street theatre of the “occupy movement”
  • Surveillance, sight and panopticism in a society of the spectacle
  • Theatre and democracy, democracy as theatre
  • Theatre radicals in an age of global conformism
  • Theatre in a world of multinational and corporate giants
  • Theatre innovations and the viewing experience
  • Power, knowledge and the construction of place, space and viewing
  • Creation, dissemination and consumption of (theatre) representations
  • Legitimizing representations
  • Rebellious representations
  • Spectatorship/witnessing and new performance forms
  • Festival audiences: search for innovation or homogeneity?
  • The future of theatre/recession and theatre policy

All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be published in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers (developed into a maximum of 20-page chapters) will be published in a hard copy volume.


About Sarah Bay-Cheng

Professor of Theater at Bowdoin College. Co-host for the On TAP (Theatre and Performance Studies) podcast at Editor for the book series Avant-Gardes in Performance (Palgrave). Sporadically blogging about theatre, performance, and digital culture. twitter: @performaddict
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