Program in Comparative Literature

16th Annual Graduate Conference on Comparative Literature

On-Stage and Off-Stage: Body, Archive, and Performance

Fri, February 28, 2020

16th Annual Graduate Conference on Comparative Literature

The Program in Comparative Literature and The Graduate Student Conference Committee are seeking proposals for the 16th Annual Conference on Comparative Literature entitled “On-Stage and Off-Stage: Body, Archive, and Performance”. The 2020 Conference seeks to bridge the gap between research on performance studies and the various practices in theatrical and non-theatrical performance. Therefore, we would like to embrace, discuss and act upon the nuanced spaces between the following: on and off stage, the staged and the unstaged, the planned and the improvised, practice and theory, scripted and unscripted. We hope to challenge the assumed hierarchies among players, playwrights, theorists, critics, translators and audience members, and to open the floor for a conversation between the opposite sides of assumed binaries of performance and theory.

Just as our conference theme aims to break down and expand upon the boundaries between disciplines and practices, so too will the actual format of the conference. To this end, applicants are encouraged to submit proposals for panels, roundtables, or performed pieces. We invite work that engages with themes such as, but not limited to:

-performing gender and sexuality

-archive, archiving performance and performing the archive

-otherness, immigration, the subaltern, camouflage, espionage, erasure

-circum-atlantic performance

-coloniality, postcoloniality and decoloniality

-geography, space and place

-history and historiography

-corporeality in performance

-organizing and activism

-theatrical practices including but not limited to theater criticism, acting, directing, scenography, costume

and lighting design

-animal studies, ecocriticism, geocriticism

-circus arts

-acts of care

-supremacy and performance of power

-surveillance, partial perspectives, visibility and invisibility, terror

-creative writing and/or slam poetry

-performing science

-performing research

The deadline for paper abstracts is December 15, 2019. For additional information about the conference and for panel proposals of 3-4 speakers, please contact, or the organizers: Aycan Akçamete, Bianca Quintanilla, Katie Field, and Alexis Riley.

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