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Platform 7.1: On Corporeality

Posted on 22/06/2012


‘The body’ has come to play an important role across the Humanities, particularly over the past 20 years in what has been labelled as a ‘corporeal turn’. The corporeal turn has been proposed as an antidote to Cartesianism, brain-centrism and socio-cultural determinism. For some, it opens critical space to undercut logocentrism and rational scientism; for others, too much of a focus on the corporeal risks sacrificing academic rigour and the capacity to make good on the claims made for and through the body. The body is of clear significance to dance, theatre and performance studies, not just as a subject, but as a material, a concept and a medium; not only that, but the body both structures and informs, just as it is structured by and informed by cultural, political, historical and especially social contexts. Platform 7.1 seeks responses to the relationships between criticality and the corporeal turn, between the body and its contexts and between the body’s production, reception and analysis in various contexts of live performance, both on and off the stage. How might affect, subjectivity, (bio)politics and digitalisation be reframed and rethought in theatre, performance and dance studies in the light of the corporeal turn?

This edition of Platform responds, in part, to the second biannual symposium ‘Trans.form@work’ organized by the School of Arts at the University of Surrey. Though stemming from this symposium, we invite anyone with an interest in the themes of this call for papers to submit. We welcome contributions related, but not limited to the following themes:

  • Corporeality through history
  • Corporeality and the archive
  • Corporeality and the global
  • Corporeality and bio-politics
  • Corporeal values in political agendas
  • Corporeality and ghosts, on and/or off the stage
  • Corporeality across cultures
  • Bodies in the media 
  • Bodies, technology and presence, on and/or off the stage
  • The body and decay
  • The performative body
  • The affected body
  • Fetish and the body
  • The collective body
  • Choreographing bodies
  • Kinaesthesia and cognition
  • Somatic practices

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. In addition, we are happy to consider inter-/trans-/cross-disciplinary articles and provocations.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 29 August 2012.

Submissions should be 4000 words in length, complete 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. http://www.rhul.ac.uk/dramaandtheatre/platform/submissionsguide.aspx

With regards,

Adam Alston and Arifani Moyo (Co-Editors)

Paola Crespi (Guest Editor)


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