|Type of post:||Association news item|
|Date Posted:||Tue, 6 Mar 2018|
James Arvanitakis (Western Sydney University)
Peter Copeman (University of Canberra)
Amanda Burrell (Western Sydney University)
Universities are cultural entities, fashioned, refashioned and contextualised in specific social and historical circumstances, in elaborate and protracted processes. As such, they are constituted by behaviours that are learned, rehearsed, presented and re-presented over time – as a series of performances.
We can see parallels between performance events and the idea of the university. Performance events seek the productive immersion both of performers and of audiences in a co-constructed present experience of meaning-making, in a way where something significant happens to them, where they contribute to and shape what is happening, and where they are also conscious of the experience in a way that takes them into and beyond the present moment. Similarly, in the university, we search for ways to promote the productive involvement both of educators and of students in co-constructed experiences of meaning-making. This happens in a way where something significant happens to both, where they contribute to what is happening, and where they are conscious of the experience in a way that takes them into and beyond it.
The vein is richer if we widen the scope to embrace the wider shades of meaning of performance, around notions of identity, agency, influence and efficacy.
This book is primarily geared toward university administrators, academics, students, government education bureaucrats, politicians, and anyone else with a stake in the tertiary education sector and an interest in what universities are and do. It should also be of interest to the performance studies community.
We invite chapter proposals for contributions representing a range of perspectives from performance scholars and practitioners, academics and researchers in other disciplines, students, university leaders and administrators, and others. Contributions might explore the broad notion of the university as performance as touched on above, but might also apply a more specific performance studies lens to themes such as:
We also propose to include a bibliography of previously publications that could otherwise have been eligible for consideration for this book, and so invite submissions either of copies of such publications or links to them, together with a paragraph or so for each outlining a case for why they should be considered.
The deadline for proposals is Tuesday 3 April 2018.
Email a 300-400 word abstract to Peter Copeman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please include a 150-200 word bio highlighting your performance/performance studies or related credentials.
Final length of accepted manuscripts will be 4000-6000 words.