Call for Papers - IFTR Shanghai 2019

05 November, 2018 by Scott Palmer | 0 comments

Call for Papers - IFTR Shanghai 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS Scenography Working Group, International Federation for Theatre Research IFTR 2019, Shanghai, China Shanghai Theatre Academy 8th July – 12th July 2019

PLEASE NOTE - THERE WILL BE TWO MEETINGS OF THE WORKING GROUP IN 2019 AND A CALL FOR PARTICIPATION AT OUR INTERIM MEETING AT THE PRAGUE QUADRENNIAL (BETWEEN 6-16th JUNE) WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY.
 
CALL FOR PAPERS
Scenography Working Group, International Federation for Theatre Research
IFTR 2019, Shanghai, China
Shanghai Theatre Academy
8th July – 12th July 2019
 
THEATRE, PERFORMANCE AND URBANISM
 
Deadline for proposals: 7 January 2019
 
 
Urbanism is a population shift from rural to urban areas. To speak of urbanism is not only to speak of the development of cities but also about new ways of life. Urbanism plays a key role in a range of disciplines, including geography, sociology, economics, urban planning, and public health. The development of theatre is inseparable from the process of urbanization. The changing urban city affects theatrical and performance spaces, styles, contents, and audiences. Theatre plays an important role in the processes of development and nation-building, and it also participates in shaping the cultural image in urban areas.
 
The process of urbanization - the rural-to-city path of migration and the growth of cities - was a global trend in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in the West, but China, as a developing country, is still experiencing this process and faces a complex situation in the twenty-first century.
 
The Scenography Working Group (SWG) of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) invites paper proposals for our forthcoming meeting at the IFTR annual conference in Shanghai in July 2019. The aim of the Working Group is to address design for performance in all of its theatrical forms (design of space/set, costume, sound, light, projections/multimedia, objects, masks and makeup, etc.) and including events that may be staged well beyond conventional theatre buildings.
 
Theme
For our meeting in Shanghai we will be adopting the main theme of the IFTR conference (see above, and https://www.iftr.org/conference) which offers the opportunity to explore the discipline of scenography in relation to urbanism.
 
We would like to approach the topic of Theatre, Performance and Urbanism from several broad angles, asking: How does urbanism as a state of being and as a process shape various political, social, cultural and artistic scenarios through design for performance? How can the notions of urbanism and scenography be brought together to grapple with issues of cultural and historical shifts, of changing social relationships and ways of living, and evolving performance practices? 
 
Contributions may address, but are not restricted to:
 
  • Scenography and Popular Culture
  • Scenography and Populations
  • Scenography and Cultural Policy
  • Cross-Cultural and Intercultural Approaches to Scenography
  • Theatre, Performance, and New Media
  • Urban Space as Scenographic Space
  • Inhabiting Urban Space
  • Interpreting Urban Living through Sound, Light, Costume
  • The Diversity of Theatre and Performance Space in Modern Cities
  • Costume and Urban Space/Performance
  • The Scenography of Traditional and Avant-garde Theatre and Performance
  • The Scenography of Post-dramatic Theatre, Urban Performance, and New Citizens
  • Scenography and Tourism
  • Demolish or Rebuild: Historic Theatres in Modern Cities 
 
The working group welcomes diverse responses to the above theme and proposals from researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds as well as scenography specialists from all fields of performance design. The working group invites presentations in different forms (see below).
 
About the IFTR Scenography Working Group
This Working Group's research focuses upon the history, theory, aesthetics and practice of scenography through a specific program of meetings, presentations and publications. The group also aims to nurture and develop new contributions to practice-led research by providing opportunities for scenographers/performance designers to discuss their work and exchange ideas in an international academic forum. Our research investigates scenographic elements, (including: costume, setting, make-up, sound design, lighting design, projection/multimedia design, masks, puppets and objects) and considers their proxemic relationship to performers and audiences in traditional and non-traditional spaces. Such research considers both contemporary practice and the influences of scenography on theatrical form as well as the audience experience of performance. By offering opportunities to share and discuss members’ research in a variety of formats, we aim to promote aesthetic, theoretical and philosophical investigations that are both distinct from and inclusive of technological developments for performance.
The Scenography Working Group welcomes early career researchers and postgraduate scholars (either as presenters or observer/participants) although they may also wish to contribute to the IFTR New Scholars programme, which may be more appropriate. IFTR rules prevent individuals from presenting more than one paper during the conference.
 
Working Group Co-convenors
Sofia Pantouvaki, sofsceno@gmail.com
 
Format of Presentation
The Scenography Working Group invite proposals for the Shanghai meeting in EITHER of these formats:
 
1. Academic paper presentation (20 minute maximum) followed by questions
Abstracts will be double blind peer reviewed before acceptance. Papers (usually around 3,500 words) will be made available to participants two weeks before the conference. Presenters are encouraged not to read papers in full, but to guide the audience through the main arguments and ideas. The formal presentation will be followed by a question and answer session to promote in-depth discussion and constructive debate within a supportive environment. This format is ideal for those looking for feedback prior to a future submission for publication.
 
2. Seminar Proposal / Provocation for focused group discussion (15 minute maximum)
Presentation will be followed by small group discussions responding to the themes of the provocation. Abstracts will be double blind peer reviewed before acceptance. An outline of the proposal/paper will be made available to participants two weeks before the conference. This format is useful in developing ideas, connections and gaining further theoretical insights as part of the process of research within a supportive environment.
 
Submission Procedures
Submission must be done through the IFTR registration process (see links below). After you submit your abstract through IFTR, please also email a copy to the co-convenors. Please ensure you make it clear if your proposal is for an academic paper or a seminar/provocation.
 
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 7 January 2019.
 
Please note that to submit an abstract for consideration you must be a member of IFTR. To present at the World Congress each member will need to buy membership of IFTR and in Spring 2019 register and pay for the conference (IFTR operate a banding system and a number of concessions are available).
Additional information such as the form the proposed submission will take and any information about restrictions to your availability over the course of the IFTR World Congress should be included on the online form under ‘equipment required’ and MUST be discussed (via email) with the Working Group co-convenors. 
We anticipate that the process of peer review and presentation as part of the working group’s proceedings will be beneficial to the process of publication in a range of peer-reviewed published volumes in the field.
 
Please note: IFTR rules prevent individuals from presenting more than one paper during the conference.
 
Links
 
Working Group Co-convenors
Sofia Pantouvaki sofsceno@gmail.com
 
IFTR website
IFTR bursary information
IFTR membership and registration at Cambridge Journals Online
IFTR abstract submission at Cambridge Journals Online
  
Bursaries
IFTR supports researchers suffering financial hardship by providing a limited number of bursaries each year. These bursaries are awarded on the basis of merit, relevance to the conference or Working Group theme, and financial need. Please visit www.iftr.org for information and instructions about bursaries, and to download the application form.
 
 
The IFTR Bursaries Round for attending the Shanghai 2019 annual conference is now open. The deadline for completed applications is 20 November 2018.
 

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