The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1037. Tuesday, 14 October 1997.
Date: Tuesday, 14 Oct 1997 18:50:01 +1000
Subject: Re: Call for papers
**********************CALL FOR PAPERS*************************
"BODIES IN QUESTION"
AUSTRALIAN DRAMA STUDIES ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE 1998
29th June to 4th July 1998
CALL FOR PAPERS, PRESENTATIONS, WORKSHOPS, PERFORMANCES, PANEL
BODIES IN QUESTION
The theme of the conference, "Bodies in Question," reflects the growing
concern in theatre scholarship and practice with interrogating the many
ways in which "bodies" are conceived and positioned in our work. On a
fundamental level, the performer's body in space, communing in a direct
and live manner with the audience, is what characterises theatre and
distinguishes it from other art forms. Thus to the performer and the
audience member, the body is at the very heart of performance. To those
concerned with culturally-determined bodies of knowledge, the body may
suggest bodies of work, a single canon, multiple canons, or indeed no
canon at all. To practitioners and critics living and working in
environments where many cultures co-exist and interrelate, the term
"bodies" may suggest the many different bodies inscribed by race,
ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. These and other constructions
of "bodies" will provide a backdrop for many of our encounters with
theatre and performance at this conference.
Keynote speakers include Rustom Bharucha, the worlds leading critic of
interculturalism as it is often practiced in the West, and renowned
Shakespearian scholar Andrew Gurr from the UK. In addition, the
conference will also feature two prominent New Zealand theatre
practitioners: Hone Kouka, the country's leading Maori playwright; and
Sally Rodwell of Red Mole, New Zealand's oldest alternative theatre
FESTIVAL OF NEW ZEALAND THEATRE
The ADSA conference overlaps with the Festival of New Zealand Theatre,
an independent but related event, which is scheduled from 19 June to 5
July, 1998. This festival brings together performance groups from around
the country to present a range of theatre which reflects the many
cultures which comprise contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand.
BI-CULTURAL IDENTITY OF THE WAIKATO
The Waikato region, in the heart of New Zealand's green North Island, is
an important centre for Maori culture in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The
Tainui tribe owns the land on which the University of Waikato is
situated and the university is the home of a burgeoning School of Maori
and Pacific Development which is rapidly becoming recognised as a global
centre for indigenous and development studies. This conference will
reflect the bi-cultural nature of performance in this part of New
Zealand and will be preceded by a formal Maori powhiri (or opening
ceremony) on the campus marae (the land on which a traditional meeting
house is situated).
TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS
Most conferees will probably elect to stay in the officially designated
conference motel. Graduate students and student actors may wish to be
billeted with drama students or stay in a hostel or on a marae.
Shuttles will be offered at pre-arranged (and pre-booked) times to pick
up conferees from the Auckland airport and bring them to their
accommodation in Hamilton (about a 90 minute trip). Conferees travelling
from Sydney or Brisbane may find it more convenient to travel directly
to Hamilton on Freedom Air. Booking information will be passed on in
March to those responding to this call for papers.