Call for Papers – IFTR Shanghai 2019

The Historiography Working Group will be meeting in Shanghai in 2019.  View our Call For Papers or download IFTR HWG CfP Shanghai 2019.

HWG Convening Protocols (r.Aug2016)

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Call for Papers – Interim Meeting, Berlin April 2019

The Historiography Working Group will be holding an interim meeting in Berlin in April 2019.  View our Call For Papers or download CfP – Interim meeting Berlin 2019.

HWG Convening Protocols (r.Aug2016)

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THEATRE HISTORIOGRAPHY WORKING GROUP INTERIM MEETING

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 (jo.robinson@nottingham.ac.uk), Rashna Nicholson (rnich@hku.hk), Ruthie Abeliovich (rabeliovi@univ.haifa.ac.il) or Jan Lazardzig (jan.lazardzig@fu-berlin.de).

Registration for the workshop will be free of charge. Information about accommodation options and costs will be provided in due course.

Location:

Freie Universität Berlin

Institut für Theaterwissenschaft

Grunewaldstraße 35

12165 Berlin

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Call for papers, IFTR Belgrade 2018

The Historiography Working Group will be meeting in Belgrade in July 2018.  View our Call For Papers or download IFTR HWG CfP 2018.

HWG Convening Protocols (r.Aug2016)

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CFP IFTR 2017 Sao Paulo HWG

The Historiography Working Group will be meeting in Sao Paulo 2017.  View our Call For Papers or download iftr-hwg-cfp-2017.pdf.

HWG Convening Protocols (r.Aug2016)

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IFTR Stockholm, 13-17 June 2016 Call for Papers

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.

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IFTR Conference 5-10 July 2015 in Hyderabad, India: Call for papers

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.

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