The Arts in Society
June 24-26, 2013.
The purpose of the annual Arts Conference is to create an intellectual platform for the arts and arts practices, and to create an interdisciplinary conversation on the role of the arts in society. It is intended as a place for critical engagement, examination and experimentation of ideas that connect the arts to their contexts in the world – on stage, in studios and theaters, in classrooms, in museums and galleries, on the streets and in communities.We are inviting proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia. Virtual participation is available for those who are unable to attend the conference in person. Proposal ideas that extend beyond these thematic areas will also be considered. More information on their web site.
Association for Theatre in Higher Education - 2013
August 1-4, 2013
P[L]AY: Performance, Pleasure and Pedagogy. August 1 - 4, 2013, Orlando, Florida. Play; playhouse; playful; played out; playmate; playing mouse (paying the Mouse?) playing house, morality play; power play; paying to play; playing to pay...Now playing!
Join us in 2013 as ATHE travels to sunny Orlando, Florida, home of magic kingdoms, future worlds and fantastic adventures. We invite you to be playful, to examine the role of play in our teaching, research, and creations of theatre and performance. We encourage you to help us create a space within our annual conference for productive playfulness.
The Performance Studies Focus Group Pre-Conference of the Association For Theatre in Higher Education announces its 11th Annual Pre-conference
"Real Play: Exploring the 'Reality' of Virtual Worlds, Games, and Experiences."
31 July – 1 Aug 2013
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, FL
This two-day event will take up game designer and Performance Studies PhD Jane McGonigal’s compelling and controversial book, Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, to ask urgent questions about how and why “play” is called upon to intervene in some of the most intractable cultural, political, and economic problems of the 21st century.
Pre‐conference activities will include:
- A roundtable of leading scholars on the conceptual “state of play” in Performance Studies. Confirmed speakers include Jennifer Brody, Jill Dolan, Soyini Madison, Bruce McConachie, and Jennifer Parker-Starbuck.
- A practical workshop exploring the use of play in protest performance.
- A practice-as-research game designed specifically for us to be played in the film‐themed, virtual spaces of the Universal Studios Islands of Adventure theme park. The goal of the game is to explore the various ways in which the space can be activated and experienced. Is it even possible to "play" in this specially-designated play space--and what would that "play" look like? The filmic contours of all the attractions at Islands of Adventure are also compelling to us, as we try to think about spectacle, agency, and the role of the body in cinematic viewing juxtaposed with the "immersive" spaces of the theme park.
Recent Past Conferences
American Society for Theatre Research - 2012 - Theatrical Histories
November 1-4, 2012
Theatre is historical; history is theatrical. The 2012 conference will be November 1-4 in Nashville, more information is posted on the ASTR web site.