13 November, 2014

Call for Papers


Conference in Helsinki and Tvärminne, 5-8 May 2015
University of Helsinki, The Finnish Society of Theatre Research (TEATS) and the Association of Nordic Theatre Scholars (NTF)
Deadline for proposals 15 January 2015

On Crossing Borders

"What the map cuts up the story cuts across"
(Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, 1984, p. 129)

The title of the Conference conjures up a number of images: centre and periphery; urban and rural; transnational and international theatre phenomena; space and spatiality. Topics might include, for instance, the transnational, transregional, transcultural, or translingual encounters of artists, practices, styles, performances, mentalities, institutions, etc.

We welcome different kinds of theoretical approaches for ‘cultural encounters’: for instance the concept of “intercrossing” of the histoire croizée approach, which tries to go beyond comparative and transfer studies, and the concept of “interweaving” advanced by the International Research Center of “Interweaving Performance Cultures” in Berlin. Both approaches stress the reciprocity and diversification of the encountering process and its aftermath.

Practical information

We invite scholars of theatre and performance studies who are interested in exploring the encountering and crossing cultural borders to please send a 200-300 word abstract and a short CV to the Program Committee by 15 January to Saara Moisio at> Decisions will be made by 1 February 2015.

The conference is organized and supported by the Finnish Society of Theatre Research (TEATS) together with the discipline of Theatre Research at the University of Helsinki and in collaboration with the Nordic Theatre Scholars. Selected papers will be printed in a special guest issue of Nordic Theatre Studies in 2016.

The conference begins in Helsinki (University of Helsinki) and moves in the late afternoon of the second day to Tvärminne for two extra days. Tvärminne is a seaside Zoological Station and research center of the University of Helsinki. It is situated in a costal bilingual area, at the crossroads of historical postal routes across the sea and into the hinterland. The Station was established in 1902 and provides good background data for studying long-term environmental change. In addition, it is situated in a nature reserve, where only research and teaching activities are allowed.

The conference fee (200 €) will include accommodation and meals for two nights in Tvärminne and travel from Helsinki to Tvärminne and back. In the event that we succeed with our fund-raising efforts, we may be able to reduce the cost. Participants will need to arrange their own accommodation in Helsinki for which the conference organisers will provide recommendations.

Program Committee:
Mikko-Olavi Seppälä, University of Helsinki, Finland
Laura Gröndahl, University of Tampere, Finland, Pirkko Koski, University of Helsinki, Finland
Anneli Saro, University of Tartu, Estonia, Kim Skjoldager-Nielsen, University of Stockholm, Sweden
Jurgita Staniskyte, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania. Steve Wilmer, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Laura-Elina Aho, University of Helsinki Saara Moisio, University of Helsinki 

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