Call for Papers

FOOT: Queer(ing) Performance

Call for Papers, Performances and Artistic Works

University of Toronto:

Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies &

Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies

February 5-7th 2015

The Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies & Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies invite proposals to the 23rd annual Festival of Original Theatre (FOOT): Queer(ing) Performance. Considering the performance of everyday life, as well as the staged, digital, and imagined, the 2015 FOOT Conference subverts rigid disciplinary boundaries between scholarship, practice and politics. This year’s conference not only welcomes papers on queer productions, but also work that engages queers methodologies. We invite proposals from activists, academics and artists who question, contest and revolt against scholarly and theatrical norms.

Acknowledging the ways in which queer theory, alongside many traditional theatre approaches, has privileged white able-bodied, cisgender male subjects, FOOT 2015: Queer(ing) Performance opens up the conversation to consider the multiple intersecting experiences and practices of a range of marginalized populations. FOOT 2015 questions broad applications of queer methodologies to performance through diverse conversations on postcolonialism, crip studies, critical race theory and feminisms.

FOOT 2015 invites proposals for presentations of papers, workshops, readings and performances from scholars, activist and artists in the following areas:

  • Queer(ing) normative LGBT Theatre and Performance
  • Queering conceptions of spatiality & temporality in performance
  • Confronting Scriptocentrism: Oral history, storytelling and spoken word performance
  • Activism, social justice, and grass-roots performance
  • Queer indigenous studies and performance
  • Trans politics and identities onstage and/or in everyday life
  • Regulation and Policing of Nonnormative performance
  • Manifestations of a turn towards the wild on stage
  • Queer and Trans People of Color Artistic Expression and Performance
  • Drag, Burlesque and Cabaret
  • Queering Nostalgia, Memory and Theatre History
  • Performing Queer/Feminist ideologies in everyday life

Recognizing the inextricable link between performance scholarship and artistic creation, FOOT 2015 provides an outlet for diverse voices to contribute to discussions on performance studies and theatre creation from a queer standpoint. As queer(ing) theatre necessitates an open and flexible understanding of the field of performance, we welcome nontraditional proposals and formats for papers, film screenings and performances.

Extended Application Deadline: October 15, 2014

Please send a 300-word abstract or description of your artistic work and A/V needs, as well as a short bio to:

Call for Papers_Updated_Extended_Deadline_October 15

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