2019 Call for Papers

5th Annual Tri-University Colloquium for Theatre and Performance Research | Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre (Segal Rooms 1400 & 1410) | Vancouver, BC | June 1, 2019

Movement and Movements

In 2019, the Tri-University Colloquium for Theatre and Performance Research celebrates its 5th anniversary – an important and exciting milestone! This year Tri-U will meet at Simon Fraser University and we appreciate being able to work and play on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. The Tri-U initiative has successfully opened graduate student research networks – to date over seventy five West Coast based theatre and performance researchers have attended and participated in the event. At the University of Victoria in 2018 we discussed “Intersections and Interventions” in theory, performance, and social practice. This year, we would like to expand upon that discussion and carry it forward into the politics of human movement, whether for art or survival.

We invite this year’s applicants to consider the ways that movements intersect on and off stage. Activist and academic Angela Davis says: “I think it’s important to insist on the intersectionality of movements” (21). Accordingly, we also encourage multiple readings of the term “movement.” Historical developments in our societies, coordinated mass-action, physical gestures, dance, diverse ways of navigating the world, migrations, paradigm shifts, emotional responses, and so on – these are all ways of moving and being moved.

We are pleased to welcome Tetsuro Shigematsu as this year’s keynote speaker. Shigematsu is no stranger to the Tri-U; he electrified us at the 2016 Colloquium at UBC with an a special performance of an excerpt of his award winning one-man show Empire of the Son. Shigematsu is a critically acclaimed playwright, actor, broadcaster, writer, and comedian. He has performed widely across Canada, and his voice is unmistakable from his hosting work with CBC Radio. He is a Vanier scholar and has just successfully defended his doctorate in Education at UBC.  His research focuses on the intersection between Media and Race, and the new digital divide.

Papers, workshop or performative research proposals may consider, but are not limited to, the following questions:

  • What does it mean to “be moved” in terms of feeling and affect?
  • What is the affective or aesthetic purpose of depicting human migration in performance?
  • What can we learn from movements in the past, both theatrical and political?
  • What can disciplines such as Disability Studies, Applied Theatre, or other inclusive practices teach us about movement?
  • What are the current issues surrounding accessibility in theatre practice?
  • How are social and political movements interpreted, choreographed, and/or presented on stage?
  • How have popular movements served to productively disrupt academic practice?
  • How should theatre and performance scholars participate in political movements, or should they?
  • Can the scale of global movements be depicted in performance; if not, what does a micro-level performance offer?

Submissions are currently being accepted from emerging graduate student researchers and those nearing the completion of their programs at UVic, SFU, and UBC, universities across Canada, as well as neighbouring institutions in the Pacific Northwest. We will also accept proposals from researchers who have convocated from these institutions within the last two years. Research from across the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences are welcomed in traditional and non-traditional formats. Proposals for formal academic papers, informal presentations of research, manifestos, panel topics, staged readings, performances that integrate physical, visual, sound, digital material or any other presentational format. Please note that all accepted presentations must adhere to a presentation time of twenty-minutes regardless of format.

Please send submissions and inquiries to tri.uni.colloquium@gmail.com by February 15th, 2019. Please include a 50-word bio and a 100-word abstract for proposals.


Works Cited

Davis, Angela Y. Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement. Haymarket Books, 2016.

Shigematsu, Tetsuro. Empire of the Son. Talonbooks, 2017.

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