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"Here be Dragons": 5th Performance Studies Conference
Aberystwyth, April 1999

5th PERFORMANCE STUDIES CONFERENCE '99 "H E R E B E D R A G O N S" Mapping the undiscovered realms of Performance Studies: Boundaries, Hinterlands and Beyond * Friday April 9 - Monday April 12 1999 * [ATTENTION: NEW DATES!] UNIVERSITY OF WALES, ABERYSTWYTH - UNITED KINGDOM C O N F E R E N C E A N N O U N C E M E N T and C A L L F O R P R E S E N T A T I O N S
HERE BE DRAGONS When medieval cartographers reached the limits of knowledge with regard to the territory they were mapping they wrote "Here be Dragons" on the terrain beyond. It announced the unknown and in some ways the unimaginable with a mix of fear and fascination. THE 5TH PERFORMANCE STUDIES CONFERENCE 1999 The 5TH PERFORMANCE STUDIES CONFERENCE 1999 will be dedicated to an investigation of the territory of performance studies and its boundaries, hinterlands and the terrain beyond. As the PERFORMANCE STUDIES CONFERENCE migrates from North America to Europe for the first time, the conference will create an opportunity for performance studies to encounter its neighbours and relatives - the disciplines that have in the past or may in the future complement and challenge performance studies (Cultural Studies, Human Geography, History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Theatre Studies) as well as the practices of theatre, live art and performance. CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS We welcome scholars from a diverse range of backgrounds who are engaged in the current debates on performance, performativity and theatricality, and artists engaged in a variety of performance practices for a mapping of the different histories, genealogies, geographies and politics of performance studies. PROPOSALS are invited for a variety of presentation formats (academic papers, reports, installations, live performances, multi-media displays, demonstrations, exhibitions etc.). Conference themes and sessions will depend on the proposals submitted. We also welcome suggestions for CURRENT THEMES and debates in the field; ideas on SUB-THEMES and keynote speakers, particularly from outside the disciplinary boundaries of performance studies; advice on good CONFERENCE PRACTICE and alternative presentation formats; recommendations for PANELS and round-tables etc. And please let us know if you would like to organise a SESSION. PERFORMANCE STUDIES CONFERENCE The PERFORMANCE STUDIES CONFERENCE was launched by the Department of Performance Studies at New York University in 1995, and was subsequently hosted by Northwestern University, Evanston (1996), Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta with New York University (1997), and CUNY City University of New York (1998). In the four years of its existence, the conference has gained a reputation for staging gatherings that attract a wide range of scholars and artists. Its successful coalition of the diverse and contested field of performance studies has resulted in the formation of a new membership association, PERFORMANCE STUDIES INTERNATIONAL, under whose auspices the conference will be organised in the future. (A membership application form will be available in the near future. For more information contact the PSI office at the address below). From 1999, large biennial conferences with a broad theme, an open call for papers, a diverse group of participants and a wide range of disciplinary approaches will alternate with smaller gatherings whose aim is to foster specific debate. CENTRE FOR PERFORMANCE RESEARCH and the DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE, FILM AND TELEVISION STUDIES at the UNIVERSITY OF WALES With the next PERFORMANCE STUDIES CONFERENCE (1999) in Aberystwyth, PERFORMANCE STUDIES INTERNATIONAL is hoping to merit its name and open itself to an international community of scholars and artists. The 5TH PERFORMANCE STUDIES CONFERENCE 1999 will be co-hosted by the Centre for Performance Research and the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth. The Centre for Performance Research is an independent theatre organisation based in Wales and working internationally. The CPR arranges conferences, workshops, lectures and masterclasses; produces innovative performance work and collaborates with theatre companies of international significance; publishes and distributes theatre books and runs a multicultural reference library. The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at the University of Wales is one of the largest in Britain in terms of staff and student numbers with a growing reputation for its academic and research activities. CONFERENCES IN ABERYSTWYTH The Centre for Performance Research has staged numerous conferences that are distinguished by their original approaches to conference formats, their accessibility and affordability. Previous projects include: From the "Points of Contact" series: Performance, Food & Cookery; Performance, Tourism & Identity; from the "Giving Voice" series: A Geography, An Archaeology, A Divinity; from the "Past Masters" series: Meyerhold, Artaud, Decroux. The 5TH PERFORMANCE STUDIES CONFERENCE will be held on the Aberystwyth campus, whose excellent facilities provide good food and affordable accommodation. The campus is the most spectacularly located of all British universities, with panoramic views of the town of Aberystwyth, the adjoining coast and the Irish Sea. Though set in unspoiled surroundings away from the great conurbations, Aberystwyth possesses good road and rail links. Details on FEES, REGISTRATION and ACCOMMODATION will be available from 1 August 1998. We look forward to hearing from you, Richard GOUGH Artistic Director - Centre for Performance Research; Senior Research Fellow - Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies University of Wales Aberystwyth Heike ROMS Performance Studies International ____________________________________________________ INFORMATION ON SUBMISSIONS Please send us your IDEAS or PROPOSALS in form of a draft abstract/project description of no more than 300 words. Please include your personal DETAILS, and, if your are affiliated to an institution, address and contact number of that organisation. Please also state whether you prefer to receive your mailing by mail, fax or email. And to help determine the linguistic policy of the conference, please let us know in which LANGUAGE you would ideally like to give your presentation. Proposals should reach us not later than: DEADLINE I 1 September 1998 (For ideas on sub-themes, debates, panels, conference formats, sessions etc.) DEADLINE II for all individual presentations 31 October 1998 Please ADDRESS your mail to: Heike Roms, PSI Performance Studies International 1 Laura Place, Aberystwyth SY23 2AU, Wales, UK Tel: +44(0)1970-621517 Fax: +44(0)1970-622831 Email: PSI web site You will be notified by the end of November 1998 if your submission has been accepted. If you are unsure about the suitability of your contribution, please contact the conference office well before the deadlines. If you do not intend to propose a presentation but would like to receive INFORMATION about the PS5 conference in the future send your details to the same address. ______________________________________________ ******************************************************* PSI Performance Studies International Heike Roms 1, Laura Place Aberystwyth SY23 2AU United Kingdom Phone: (int.)+44-(0)1970-621517 Fax: (int.)+44-(0)1970-622831 email: *******************************************************