Room For Play: Drama, Theatre, and Performance
Los Angeles, February 2001
Performance Studies (Interdisciplinary) Room For Play: Drama, Theatre, and Performance USC, Los Angeles, 23-24 February 2001 The goal of this conference is twofold: (1) to explore textual, social, cultural, and political implications of drama, theatre, and performance and (2) to explore theoretical and cultural deployment of the discourse of drama, theatre, and performance. We solicit papers in the following areas: Critical Theory and Performance Dramatic Literature Ethnic Drama Dramatic Theory History of Theatre Theatre as Social Space Dramatic Performance Cultural Performance Political Performance Site-Specific Performance Los Angeles Theatre and Performance Textual Performance Bodily Performance Performativity Theatricality Gesture Ritual Dance Music "Room" can be both an enclosed space and an in-between space. In the first sense of the word, disciplines and terms have traditionally resided in enclosed domains of marked meaning: drama as the textual/linguistic organization around certain conventions of story-telling and representation, theatre as the social space in which drama takes place, performance as the act of dramatic execution before an audience. However, these definitions or marked-off areas of meaning prove unstable as the terms easily reveal the room between these meanings, as in the second sense of the word. Just shifting the terms drama, theatre, and performance to dramatic, theatrical, and performative leads us past the previous formulations, reminding us of the latter's currency in various disciplines: literature, film, anthropology, linguistics, cultural studies among others. For the purpose of exploring these multiple valences of drama, theatre, and performance, the conference will provide a room for discussion on specific topics as well as room among these topics for negotiation and play. The conference will also tap into the resources of the local theatre scene and hold discussions on Los Angeles Theatre/Performance. Our panels will include theatre critics from the LA Weekly, playwrights, directors, and local performers. We also hope to have solo performances by one or more distinguished performers. Call for Papers We encourage paper and panel presentations in both traditional and non-traditional formats, and from all disciplines, genres, and historical periods. Please send a one-page abstract by December 1 to: Robert Rundquist Department of English Taper Hall of Humanities USC, University Park Los Angeles, CA 90405 USA Or email abstracts to: email@example.com (please include abstracts in the body of the email).