CFP: Performance of the Real Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Symposium

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Call for Papers
March 28, 2016
New Zealand
Subject Fields: 
Humanities, Music and Music History, Popular Culture Studies, Social Sciences, Theatre & Performance History / Studies

CFP: Performance of the Real Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Symposium

An international conference hosted by the ‘Performance of the Real Research Theme’ at the University of Otago

June 8th – 10th 2016

Keynote speaker: Bree Hadley (Queensland University of Technology)


This symposium invites submissions from postgraduate students and early career researchers on the theme ‘performance of the real’. The event asks what it is about representations, mediations and performances of the ‘real’ that makes them so compelling in the contemporary moment. This symposium is necessarily inter-disciplinary and takes a broad understanding of the ‘real’ in lay terms, but also as a critical theoretical concept. At its core, we consider how ‘realness’ is performed and encountered by subjects through representations and discourses such as those related (but not limited) to disaster, trauma and dark tourism.

We encourage papers relating to:

  • The politics of performing the real in terms of events such as (but not limited to) disasters
  • The ethics of the real in terms of psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalysis and the real in contemporary scholarship
  • The real as a discursive enactment evident in practices such as dark tourism

Questions that accepted papers might address include (though are not limited to):

  • How does the real operate performatively?
  • How does one ethically perform the real?
  • How are social or cultural power relationships negotiated or maintained via performances of the real?
  • How and why is realness performed?

Paper abstracts (no more than 250 words) and bios (100 words) should be sent to symposium organising committee. Please email by 28th March 2016.

Registration (includes cocktail function, lunches and teas): postgraduate / casual rate: $30; waged / academic rate: $60

Keynote workshops: TBA

Bree Hadley is a Senior Lecturer in Performance Studies at the Queensland University of Technology. She is currently the Director of Performance Studies International. Hadley’s research investigates the construction of identity in contemporary, pop cultural and public space performances, and concentrates on how work by artists marked by disability and other bodily differences mobilise media. She is currently working on two books: Theatre, Social Media and the Democratisation of Spectatorship and The Performativity of Pranks – Dark Play, Spectatorship and Subversive Social Practice. Her work has been published in Performance Research, Liminalities, M/C and Australasian Drama Studies.

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Performance of the Real Research Theme Steering Committee: Suzanne Little; Hilary Halba; Rosemary Overell; Yuko Shibata; Hazel Tucker and Jennifer Cattermole