CALL FOR PAPERS
25th April – 27th April 2019, Berlin
Institut für Theaterwissenschaft, Freie Universität Berlin
The theme of the upcoming workshop “Archiving theatre”, hosted by the Freie Universität Berlin between April 25-27 2019, will highlight critical approaches to theatre and performance research and the archive. We depart from the observation that archiving, i.e. collecting, ordering, accessing etc., involves a plethora of historical practices which produce or affirm a specific concept or idea of theatre. Thus, this meeting sets out to contest ontologies of the archive as well as ontologies of theatre and performance. By examining the various historiographical issues arising from archiving theatre and performance, the working group’s interim spring meeting will enable discussion of the impact of archiving on that which life has left behind—the debt and debris of theatre history – as well as on how what remains defines the archive. The working group welcomes papers dealing with any possible period or topic in theatre history and historiography that discuss archival practices, methodological issues concerning the archive, as well as discussions of theatrical manifestations that respond to the archive, as a cultural, social and political institution, and an act of collecting and preserving vestiges.
We propose the following topics for discussion:
- Archive Culture: How do archives become? What appears/disappears in archives over time? How do we engage with the historiography of non-archived performative traditions and cultures?
- The Impact of the Archive: How do archival structures and institutions change our way of thinking and writing theatre/histories? What is the relation between the epistemic object ‚theatre’ and the process of archivalization?
- Methodologies of the Archive: how do we engage with historical artefacts and objects as source material? In what way is the history of archiving inscribed in the material artefact?
- Digital Archives: In what ways have ideas of ‘open source’ affected the production of performance? How does digitization change our access to historical sources? How has ‘Big Data’ changed the way we write and grasp theatre history? How do we historicize the imperatives of digitization?
- Trans/Local Archives: How can the investigation of ‘local’ source material contribute to the articulation of ‚global’ histories?
- Affective Dimensions of the Archive: How does the archive (its spaces and materials) affect us? Which epistemological desires are elicited by the archive? How do we make certain objects/materials speak to us? And why?
We invite participants to send us proposals for papers of up to 5000 words.
Submission deadline: 15 November 2018.
In accordance with the IFTR Historiography Working Group’s usual practice, papers will be pre-circulated with a deadline date for submission to convenors of Monday 1 April 2019.
For any further information contact: Jo Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Rashna Nicholson (email@example.com), Ruthie Abeliovich (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jan Lazardzig (email@example.com).
Registration for the workshop will be free of charge. Information about accommodation options and costs will be provided in due course.
Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Theaterwissenschaft
The IFTR Theatre Historiography Working Group will be meeting in Stockholm. Current and prospective members are invited to submit an abstract. The call for papers can be found on this site under Call for Papers. For other information, see the conference website at www.iftr.org/conference.
The IFTR Theatre Historiography Working Group will be meeting during the IFTR conference in Hyderabad in July 2015. A Call for Papers for the WG’s meeting can be found on this site under Call for Papers. See the conference website for other information.
The IFTR Historiography Working Group will be meeting during the IFTR World Congress in Warwick, UK July 28th to August 1st 2014. A detailed schedule of the group’s sessions in Warwick is available on this site under ‘Schedule’, but please see the conference website for the full program of the conference. The group works by circulating papers to members in advance of the conference. Those who have circulated papers are invited to speak for not more than ten minutes about the context in which they have written their pieces, and about points where they would particularly welcome a response. The group spends about 20 minutes discussing each paper, and the emphasis of the discussion is upon historiographic method rather than the detail of the content. If you are attending the conference and interested in visiting the group’s sessions, please contact one of the group’s conveners in order to access the circulated papers.
The current conveners are:
Magnus Thorbergsson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Janne Risum (email@example.com)