Deadline extended to February 5, 2017: Conference “Unstable Geographies: Multiple Theatricalities” at University of São Paulo, Brazil, 10-14 July
16 January, 2017 by Marcello Amalfi | 0 comments
Deadline extended to February 5, 2017 !! International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) Conference “Unstable Geographies: Multiple Theatricalities” at University of São Paulo, Brazil, 10-14 July
The Department of Performing Arts of the School of Communication and Arts of University of São Paulo will host the 2017 IFTR Conference, during the week of July 10th to July 14th. We are convinced that the initiative will attract many Brazilian scholars from the entire country, thus contributing to increase IFTR’s reach. In addition, the city of São Paulo offers a very good transportation network, which will help delegates to participate in conference activities on the university’s campus as well as enjoy the city’s many theatrical and performing events.
The 2017 conference theme, Unstable Geographies: Multiple Theatricalities,aims at the political and economic issues underlying the territorial and symbolic conflicts of a globalized world and, at the same time, targets the expansiveness of theatrical and performative fields that recognize and surprise each other. Massive migrations and the growing deterritorialization of human cultures have been accompanied by increasingly unstable artistic standards, concepts and institutional relations.
Brazil has historically welcomed forms of aesthetic representation from the Northern hemisphere and reprocessed them from a unique perspective that includes indigenous and African diasporic cultures. Contemporarily, the country presents itself as an exemplary locus for the multiple manifestations of an expanded and impermanent theatricality. Brazil was and is a complex mestiçagem of mingled races, ethnicities, nationalities and religions; it constitutes a malleable geographical phenomenon in which territories did not become distinct nations, as happened in other parts of Latin America. Instead, the country is made up of states and regions, with their cultures, accents and own vocations and individual identities founded mainly on differences.
The 2017 Conference site offers a space to consider the intense contemporary migratory flows and counterflows in which the peripheral regions of the globe radiate vitality to the Northern hemisphere and reverberate their traditions from a distinct point of view.
In this context, thinking about theatre and performance as open opportunities for action implies the search for more transformative relationships between art and society.