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Theatre and Alternative Value

Posted on 30/05/2012

A TaPRA Postgraduate Symposium

11am – 5pm, 28th January 2012 Royal Holloway, Bedford Square (2 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6DP)

Invitation and Call for Participants

Futher Details at: http://www.tapra.org/postgraduate-committee.html

Postgraduates and early career researchers are invited to a TaPRA Postgraduate Symposium. Presentations from postgraduates at all levels of their study, and early career academics, are welcomed. The symposium is free for TaPRA members and £10 for non-members; this includes membership for 2011/12 until after the annual conference.

Changes in government policy are directly impacting on how theatre comes to be valued, both as an art form and as an academic discipline. This invites us to consider how value comes to be defined and produced, whilst spurring consideration of what space there might be to propose and explore alternative values as theatre practitioners and researchers.

This symposium supports a multifaceted approach to alternative value in theatre and invites a broad spectrum of proposals. Specific subjects for investigation might include, but are by no means limited to:

  • sustainable funding
  • cultural policy and the determination of value in theatre production
  • positive discrimination and funding
  • framing value: theatre architecture and/or scene design
  • value on the virtual stage
  • the performativity of value
  • active spectatorship
  • shifting value systems in theatre practice and/or research
  • the failed values of the 20th century avant-garde
  • theatre against value
  • alternative values and the cannon
  • art for art’s sake
  • art and instrumentalism
  • theatre and ecology/theatre ecology
  • the ethical value of aesthetics
  • the value of affect/feeling in theatre
  • theatre, political activism and social change
  • strategies for political theatre
  • socially engaged theatre and alternative value
  • theatre and the negotiation of (inter)cultural value
  • theatre and the end of multiculturalism

We invite submissions for papers, provocations and alternative approaches to presenting research.

The day will be divided into three sections:

1) Keynote by Professor Jen Harvie

2) Selected 10-minute papers by postgraduates.

3) A round-table discussion

For those wishing to present please send the title of your submission, a short abstract (200 words max) and a brief note on technical requirements (if any) to taprapostgraduate@gmail.com by December 4th 2011. Those wishing to use alternative approaches to presenting research are asked to include an additional 100 words detailing your intended presentation methods. Selected papers will be confirmed by December 11th 2011.

For those just wanting to attend the symposium, please send an email to taprapostgraduate@gmail.com before January 9th 2012.

Please don’t forget to indicate in the email if you are a TaPRA member.

Those attending from outside London are also able to apply for a small (max £25) travel bursary to support their attendance. If you would like to be considered for a travel bursary, please state so in the email.

Places and bursaries are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Adam Alston, Virginia Elgar and Michael Pearce


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