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Platform 6.2 Call for Papers

Posted on 30/05/2012

Platform 6.2: Representing the Human

Platform 6.2 looks to negotiate some of the questions, ideas, theories, and problems circulating around representations of the human being in theatre, drama, dramaturgy, performance, dance, choreography, scenography, script writing, and song. Critically exploring the representation of different kinds of people and ways of being prompts us to question and examine who we think we are, who we might have been, and who we might become. This matters if we are to take seriously the implications of some posthumanist discourse and dystopian narratives which foretell the human being’s extinction. Certainly, we live in a world that is becoming increasingly technologically constructed; the human is taking on godlike proportions as the creator of new life, whilst being conceived, according to some, as a natural-artificial cyborg. But what do these shifting roles, capabilities, and identities of the human mean and why should we care? In a socio-cultural landscape that is ostensibly characterised by ‘posts’ - postmodernism, postmodernity, poststructuralism, postcolonialism, postfeminism, posthumanism and the postdramatic - how does ‘the human’ negotiate itself, how might it be negotiated, and what are the implications and limitations of its representations?

Platform 6.2 partly responds to a symposium organised by Royal Holloway, University of London in March 2011: ‘Who do we think we are: Representing the Human.’ We invite those who participated or attended the symposium to contribute, as well as those who could not attend but find interest in the edition’s themes.
This edition encourages, but is by no means limited to, exploration of the following themes:
• The future human and theatre’s role in human becoming
• Theatre/performance and revising the human
• Inter-/cross-/trans-/multi-cultural theatre and humanism
• Technology and cyborgs
• Hybridity and identity
• The representation of posthumanist identity and being
• The body and identity
• ‘Altermodernity’: an end to the culture of the ‘post’?
• Postmodernity and/as the past
• Postmodernity and capital
• Theatre/performance and the crises of capitalism
• Theatre/performance and the crises of identity
• Theatre/performance and biopolitics
• Poststructuralism in theatre/performance research
• Performance writing
• Performativity and the postmodern subject
• Representations of the human in postdramatic theatre
• Postmodern dramaturgy and representing the human
• Humans and animals on the stage

Platform particularly welcomes postgraduate and early career research and encourages practice-as-research papers. We are also happy to consider new dramatic writing, performance writing, interviews, photographic essays, performance responses, and other creative work that speaks to our themes. We would like to encourage submissions not only from scholars of theatre, performance and dance, but also from those working in literature, politics, media arts, film studies, cultural studies and other related disciplines.
The deadline for submissions is 15 February 2012.

Submissions should be 4000 words in length, and accompanied by a 200 word abstract. Please submit papers to platform-submissions@rhul.ac.uk
We ask that all potential contributors familiarise themselves with our submission guidelines.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes
Adam Alston - Editor
Louise LePage - Guest Editor for Platform 6.2


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