2018 Call for Papers

4th Annual Tri-University Colloquium for Theatre and Performance Research || UVic Phoenix Theatre || Victoria, BC || April 28, 2018

Intersections and Interventions

In 2018, the Tri-University Colloquium for Theatre and Performance Research returns to the Phoenix at the University of Victoria to begin a new cycle of presenting graduate research. Our successful events at the University of British Columbia (2016) and Simon Fraser University (2017) have created the momentum to continue sharing our work.

Building from the themes and connections of the first cycle, the 2018 Colloquium title considers the range of intersections and interventions that fall under the banner of theatre and performance. Acknowledging the Applied Theatre program at UVic within this banner, this year’s colloquium also looks to the ways applied theatre can intersect and inform theory and practice while intervening in the areas of community development, social justice and education through performative projects.

We are very excited to welcome Professor Jan Selman (Drama) of the University of Alberta as our keynote. Along with her extensive career in theatre, that has its own sites of intersection, as a freelance director for the Banff Playwrights Colony, Citadel Youth Theatre Festival, Concrete Theatre, East Africa Institute – Ignite Africa (Kenya), she was co-editor with Jane Heather of “Are We There Yet? Theatre, Teens, Sex Ed” (2015), the Patrick O’Neill book award from the Canadian Association of Theatre Research in 2016.

As Monica Prendergast and Juliana Saxton note, “It is the negotiation of the aesthetic with the everyday through the medium of theatre that results in the variety of forms of applied theatre.” (13). We invite papers that investigate intersections and interventions across the diverse forms of theatre, performance art, dance, music, cinema, sound, political activism, everyday life, and philosophy.

Papers may consider, but are not limited to, the following questions:

  • How can the diverse range of performative art intersect and/or intervene with the current social and political issues of everyday life or how does applied theatre invite the community into this process?
  • How does performance create sites of intersection across different cultures or how does performance offer opportunities for cultural intersections?
  • Can applied theatre create intersections between communities or can performance affect, or create, an intervention within individuals or communities?
  • Can hearts and minds be changed in performance to measurable effects?
  • How does the range of theatre and performance modes affect an audience?
  • How does the aesthetic of a performance affect or negotiate with the social issues of a community and/or is the aesthetic necessary to the success/impact of a performance project?
  • What modes of performative art intersect to create an affective or cathartic response?

Submissions are currently being accepted from emerging graduate student researchers and those nearing the completion of their programs at UVic, SFU, and UBC, as well as neighbouring institutions in the Pacific Northwest. We will also accept work from researchers who graduated 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 may be accepted in either 20-minute (or less) presentations or 60-minute panel sessions. Submissions may be in the form of 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 send submissions and inquiries to tri.uni.colloquium@gmail.com by January 31, 2018. Please include a 50 word bio, 100 word abstract for individual papers or 700 word proposal for 60 minute panels.


Works Cited

Prendergast, Monica and Juliana Saxton. Applied Theatre: International Case Studies and Challenges for Practice. Intellect Books. 2009.

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