ASTR/TLA 2012 WORKING GROUP
Ecology and/of/in Performance Working Group (on-going)
â€œTrans-cultural, trans-national, trans-species histories in performanceâ€
Since our first ASTR Working Group session at the 2010 conference in Seattle, the Performance and Ecology Working Group has spawned symposia, anthologies, and publications. Â Foremost among those is a new volume that grew out of our 2010 session: Readings in Performance and Ecology, eds., Wendy Arons and Theresa J. May (Palgrave 2012). Â Our Working Group has continued valuable research on numerous fronts, including: Â Earth Matters on Stage conference at Carnegie Mellon University (2012); the Staging Sustainability at York University (2011). Â Participants in this Working Group have published an array of new material including; Ecology and European Drama by Downing Cless (Routledge). Networks and journals in the field such as, The Center for Sustainable Practices in the Arts Quarterly, the â€œFieldworksâ€ issue of Performance Research (eds. Pearson, Roms, Daniels, 2010), and the â€œPerformance and Ecologyâ€ section of Theatre Topics (2007) attest to scholarsâ€™ acute awareness of environmental politics and ecopoetics praxis in an imminently changing world. Â The rising tide of this focused research indicate not only a growing concern and mounting artistic will in the realm of ecological sensibility, but also faith in the imagination as a critical aspect of our individual and collective ecological identities.
In 2012, as part of ASTRâ€™s “Theatrical Histories” focus, we turn our attention to trans-cultural, trans-national, and trans-species performance in anticipation of a second volume of ecocritical writings on theatre and performance. Â Our questions for the upcoming 2012 Working Group session include:
- How do transcultural and transnational performances re-map our understanding of what May has called â€œecodramaturgyâ€?
- What constitutes â€œtheatre e of speciesâ€ (Chaudhuri) and how might these trans-species performances rearrange or reinterpret understandings of representation?
- How do the material characteristics of artistic sites condition the aesthetics of the work produced?
- What kinds of geological and geographical histories emerge alongside socio-cultural storytelling?
- How do intersecting histories â€“ indigenous, place-based, community-driven â€“ play out on stage in performance?
- How do ecological transitions, transmigrations, transmutations, transformations and transference shape artistic practice and meaning-making in the theatre?
- Other questions, approaches and Â topics that clearly address trans-national, trans-cultural, trans-species topics in performance.
Please send a 500-word Abstract as attachment to both Working Group conveners below:
Theresa May, University of Oregon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nelson Gray, University of Victoria (email@example.com)
Working Group participants will exchange papers in advance of the conference via meetings. Â Depending on number, participants will read a selection of 3 to 4 papers each and develop questions that arise from the intersection of the ideas and research. Â At the conference, these â€œpodsâ€ will discuss their findings and share them with the entire working group. Â The conveners will facilitate a discussion leading to a possible frame (for instance, for a volume of essays) and key questions that the working group would like to see addressed as the research moves forward.