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International Conference on Space, Spatiality and Performance.

FEBRUARY 7 & 8, 2015 • THRISSUR, KERALA, INDIA.

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There has been a resurgence of studies and theories on space, spatiality and place in academia as well as in society in the wake of the emergence of space as a major theoretical and philosophical concern for artists, theorists, geographers, scenographers, anthropologists, and philosophers. From installation art to theorizing poetry or to philosophical speculations, space became a crucial tool for analyzing processes at micro and macro levels. While time, temporality and historicity marked the modernist ethos, space and spatiality predicated the postmodern. The significance of the spatial looms large in all deliberations of humanities, social sciences and performing arts in the last few decades.

The awareness that space is inherently political, that space holds within it the kernel of historical changes, that space even dictates everyday life catapulted spatial studies to the forefront. Architecture, urban studies, international relations, environmental studies and global studies cannot ignore the theoretical role of space in shaping identities, communities, politics and economies. Frederic Jameson's insistence on the new spatiality implicit in the postmodern, Foucault's reflections on the 'other spaces' and heterotopia and Laclau's thrust on the spatial as a differentiator in the conceptualizing of social relationships are examples of the seminality of the spatial. The claim that space and spatiality are social and cultural productions is evident in the approaches of major theorists of space like Henri Lefebvre, Edward Soja, Doreen Massey, David Harvey and Manuel Castells. Lefebvre privileged the lived practices, symbolic meanings and significations of spaces over the mere geometry of space. Doreen Massey went on to the extent of asserting that the focus must be on 'time-space' or 'space-time' and that space and time are integral to the understanding of one another; distinct but co-implicated. Michel de Certeau distinguished spaces from places by identifying the narrative acts which transform places. De Certeau goes on to argue that space is a "practised place" exactly the manner in which walkers transform the paths defined by urban planners. Richard Schechener, in his explorations of performance, establishes the view that performance practices configure spaces into places by engaging them performatively and indulging theatrically by creating designs, sculptures, the performance space into a place. The process of performatively engaging spaces has intense philosophical associations with De Certeau's narrative acts. The circular relationship between spaces and performance, spaces defining performance and vice versa is also crucial in processual thinking. The proposed conference attempts to interrogate issues, themes, and concepts connected to these arenas. This conference is an attempt to map the various theoretical contours of the role space, spatiality and performance plays in contemporary academic and artistic practices.

The following are some of the themes and keywords that are relevant to the conference but not restricted to these.

Gender and Performance

Theatre and Space

Pedagogy and Performance

Scenogrpahy
Cultural Memory
Diaspora
Rehearsal Spaces
Street Theatre
Underground
Pilgrimages
Proscenium
Instituttionalization of Space
Democracy and Space
Technology
Science
Subjectivity
Psychoanalysis
Power
Information Communication Networks and Space
Social Networks

Queer Space
Theorizing Space
Multi mediated Space
Liveliness and Space
Everyday Life

Space, Spatiality and Performance

Location and Locality

Identity

Communication and Space

Politics of Space

Production of Space

Literature and Space

Gender and Space

Urban Space

Virtuality and Space

Ideology and Space

Theorizing Space

Virtual Space

History Memory and Space

Colonial/Post Colonial Space

Globalization and Space

Transnational Space

Cinematic Space

Architecture

Museum/ Gallery/Art

Exclusion

Futuristic Space

Post modernism and Space

Justice/Judicial System

Politics of Performance

Performance Spaces

Urbanism and Performance

Gender and Performance

Theatre and Space

Pedagogy and Performance

Private and Public Spaces

Communication and Spac

 

C PRACSIS invites papers on various aspects of space, spatiality and performance. The last date for the submission of abstracts of the papers to be presented in the conference is JAN 15 2015. The abstracts of 200 words with keywords can be sent to director@cpracsis.org, raphael@cpracsis.org, cpracsis@gmail.com. Further details are available in the website www.cpracsis.org.

Format of submission of abstracts:

 
Name:  
Address:  
Designation: Email:  
Phone numbers:  
Title:  
Abstract in 200 words:  
Key words:  
Short Bio in 50 words:  
 

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Procedure for submitting papers for presentation: Academics, scholars and professionals are welcome to submit their abstract any day before January 15, 2015. Sending of abstracts will be acknowledged on the same day and the decision of the peer review committee will be communicated in four days time.

Registration:(for paper presenters) Paper presenters can register after the acceptance of their papers by remitting a fee of Rs:2500(Rs 1250 for research scholars and students) by electronic transfer to A/C No: 30318124231, State Bank of India, Round East, Dharmodayam Building, Thrissur, Kerala India, IFSC code SBIN0000940 or by demand draft in favor of "Center for Performance Research and Cultural Studies", A/C No: 30318124231, State Bank of India, Round East, Dharmodayam Building, Thrissur, Kerala India, 680001.

For observers: Observers can register anytime before January 15 by remitting an amount of Rs. 1250 by electronic transfer to A/C No: 30318124231, State Bank of India, Round East, Dharmodayam Building, Thrissur, Kerala India, IFSC code SBIN0000940 or by demand draft in favor of "Center for Performance Research and Cultural Studies", A/C No: 30318124231, State Bank of India, Round East, Dharmodayam Building, Thrissur, Kerala India, 680001.
Lunch and snacks on conference days will be provided for participants.
The transfer ID/DD number should be send to <director@cpracsis.org>

C. S. Biju Raphael Joseph P.J. Thomas
Director Conference Co-ordinator C PRACSIS