Theatre History Symposium - Inspiration

Країна: США

Місто: Kansas City

Тези до: 15.10.2014

Дати: 19.03.15 — 22.03.15

Область наук: Мистецтвознавство;

Е-мейл Оргкомітету:

Організатори: Mid-America Dramatists Lab


 This year's Theatre History Symposium invites proposals forwarding intellectually and artistically inspiring research questions and methodologies. From objects and images that provoke and challenge our presumptions about subjectivity to texts and performances that demand innovative analytical frames, we seek theatrical catalysts that inspire us to shift our way of thinking about and performing in the world≈whether on a global or personal level.

 If, as Walter Benjamin writes in The Origin of German Tragic Drama, "Origin is an eddy in the stream of becoming," then what specific conditions (sociopolitical, cultural, geographical, environmental, or artistic) create such eddies? How might working in the archives, watching or creating a performance, analyzing dramatic literature and productions, or scrutinizing a design sketch lead to moments of rupture within or alternate routes through theatre history and its well-rehearsed "origins"? In what ways have particular artists, theorists, and events inspired new modes of theatre production, performance art, and scholarly research?

 In a time of "economic austerity" and political unrest across the United States and abroad, what are the inherent risks or rewards of inspiring acts in artistic, educational, governmental, and cultural sectors? How does power manifest in these moments? What kinds of resistance to notions of inspiration≈or aspiration≈might our present moment demand and how are these acts reflected in our theatrical past? What insights might be gained by focusing on seemingly uninspiring (banal, quotidian, bland) subjects in research? We welcome your proposals encapsulating these or other rigorous scholarly questions encompassing the 2015 MATC theme of "Inspiration."

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