[Msa-discuss] CFP: ACLA 2014: Capital(s) of Avant-Garde Theater: Nov. 1st

mharries martin.harries at uci.edu
Sat Oct 12 16:32:25 EDT 2013

Capital(s) of Avant-Garde Theater

Seminar Organizer(s):

Martin Harries (University of California, Irvine), Christian Gerzso 
(Pacific Lutheran University)

Avant-garde theater and performance demand a comparative framework. This 
seminar seeks to gather a wide range of work on avant-garde and 
experimental theater and drama across national and linguistic borders. 
Papers focusing on the historical avant-garde as well as on more recent 
and contemporary avant-gardes are welcome, as are discussions of the 
historical roots of avant-garde practice in the nineteenth century or 
earlier periods.

Papers related to the conference theme are especially welcome. The 
theater has been closely linked to capital(s): geographic, political, 
and economic. But what is the relationship of avant-garde and 
experimental theater and drama in particular to these varieties of 
capital? How does avant-garde theater de-stabilize or rearticulate the 
relationship of theater production and consumption to centers of 
financial, political, and cultural hegemony, especially with the claims 
of avant-garde and experimental drama to anti-nationalism, 
internationalism, cosmopolitanism, and/or anti-capitalist localism? How 
does avant-garde drama resist ever-expanding networks of finance and 
communication, and how do these, in turn, enable its production and 
transmission? What new kinds of spectacle and publics do avant-garde and 
experimental drama create through these new means and how do they 
challenge or reinforce national, linguistic, and media boundaries? 
Conversely, how does avant-garde drama represent the mediation of these 
competing capitals? Is the theatrical stage still a privileged site for 
representations of these vexed encounters in modernity?


The ACLA will be in New York City, March 20-23, 2014:


The procedure for proposing a paper is described here:


The ACLA deadline for paper proposals is November 1st.

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