Call for Papers: Global Connections in Performance Pedagogy and Practice

Type of post: Association news item
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Posted By: David Shirley
Status: Current
Date Posted: Mon, 23 Jan 2023



International conference jointly hosted by
LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore)
The National University of Theatre and Film I.L Caragiale (Romania)
Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (Australia)

31 May - 3 June 2023

Proposal submission deadline: 5 February 2023

The 21st century has brought about critical societal changes that could be argued to put pressure on some of the paramount tenets of performance pedagogy and practice during the 20th century. Transnational connections have enriched our practice with diverse cultural influences and techniques. But they have also shown that what was assumed to be culturally neutral training can have biases and exclusionary practices. Social media has taught us that knowledge is no longer transferred unidirectionally from the teacher/master to the student. Across peer-to-peer networks, students are agents themselves in defining the meaning of knowledge and knowing. And the digital disruption forced by the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that remoteness and embodiment are not in opposition. 

These, among other contemporary issues and trends, invite us to re-evaluate the connections we make in and through performance: in professional practice, in our pedagogy, between concepts, objects, locations, and between ourselves. How do we create performance in the 21st century? How do we teach with in-depth training in hybrid and intersectional spaces? How do we continue to diversify and make performance accessible? 

LASALLE College of the Arts, the National University of Theatre and Film I.L Caragiale, Bucharest, and the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts invite proposals for our international conference, Global Connections in Performance Pedagogy and Practice. The event will give the space necessary for these and similar questions to be explored collaboratively and interculturally. We wish to gather educators, scholars, and students from across the world to enact and present new connections upon which we can chart the future of our field ahead. 

We want to open a space that refreshes the experience of an online conference. To that end, panels at the conference will be dedicated to discussing previously circulated papers, sharing live performances or work demonstrations, and delivering workshops. We also welcome proposals for masterclasses or curated panels suitable for an online format (Zoom). The conference will be broadcast online globally and free of charge. 

This call is open to artists, educators, scholars, and students working in and for the performing arts (Dance, Music, Theatre and adjacent disciplines, such as Film). The list of possible topics that presentations may cover includes but is not limited to the following list. We hope that contributions will advance and challenge current conversations: 
  • New intercultural practices
  • Pedagogic models and values
  • New canons, traditions & lineages
  • Post-pandemic experimental performance
  • Student agency 
  • Technique
  • The normalisation of technologies and media 
  • Telematic music performance and composition 
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Emerging practices in industry and professional organisations
  • Identity
  • Translation
  • Creative practice research in Higher Education 
  • Consent and safety
  • Matrixes of authority 
  • Ethics in vocational training
  • Citizenry 
  • Listening, empathy & attunement

Please note that while we welcome contributions in languages other than English, we cannot provide written text or live interpretation translations. Please secure your translation services if you wish to submit/present in another language, and ensure that your materials are circulated in advance. 

To submit your proposal, please fill in this form. 

Deadline for submission: 5 February 2023
Notice of acceptance:  March 2023
Expected submission and circulation of written contributions: May 2023

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