ISTR 2015 – CFP Deadline Extended

The new deadline for proposals is Monday, February 23rd

Tradition, Transition and Transformation:
Performance and Cultural Dynamics

Institute of Technology, Tralee in association with the Irish Society for Theatre Research
Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd May 2015

This conference will address the notion of the stage as a site of cultural tradition, transition and transformation. There, performances will be viewed as lens through which indigenous cultures are preserved and promoted, westernised culture is presented, cultural hybridity become evident and where turning points in cultural development receive recognition. Themes pertaining to colonialism, nationalism, interculturalism, ethnicity, identity, and globalisation will receive attention. In addition, performances will be addressed in informal as well as formal contexts and all tools of theatrical expression will be explored, speech, music, mime, sound and dance.

Topics might include:

  • Reconstructions of Identity and Hybridity
  • Memory, Myth and Ritual in Performance
  • Politics and Performance
  • Theatricalisation of Marginalized Cultures
  • Indigenous and Westernised Forms of Theatre
  • Folk Theatre: Definitions, Parameters, Crossroads
  • Street Performance

These are only suggestions and the conference will be open to other themes. The 2015 Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference greets keynote speakers Professor Anna McMullan, Professor of Theatre, at the University of Reading and Dr Lillis O Laoire, Senior Lecturer, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of Galway. It also welcomes a wide range of panels including research papers, practice demonstrations, and performances.

More information here.

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