Call for Proposals: Arousing Curiosities: Knowledge, Embodiment, and the Science Performance (ASTR 2018, San Diego)

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Call for Papers
June 1, 2018
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Theatre & Performance History / Studies, Humanities, Cultural History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Please consider submitting your article-in-progress to our American Society for Theatre Research Working Group "Arousing Curiosities: Knowledge, Embodiment, and the Science Performance." Guidelines for working group submissions and more about this year's conference in San Diego can be found at Please follow the url listed for a full description of the working group (and abridged version is below).

Hope to see you in San Diego, November 15-18, 2018!


Arousing Curiosities: Knowledge, Embodiment, and the Science Performance
Vivian Appler, College of Charleston,
Meredith Conti, University at Buffalo, SUNY,

This working group considers theatre culture and science culture as they overlap in performance events, particularly those that foreground the influence of embodied experience and sensory arousal in knowledge generation. Working group contributors may consider theatrical performances that deal with science content; view scientific events (i.e. astronomical observations, autopsies, or geological surveys) through a performance studies lens; or engage with performances that otherwise blur the already fuzzy line separating art and science. Papers may address questions pertaining to embodiment (what bodies perform the science event?), the generation of human knowledge (how might science performances augment popular and/or expert understandings of science questions in ways that liberal science practice has not?), and performance (how is science content performed and received across various sites and media?).

We welcome the use of diverse theoretical frameworks and discursive approaches to an array of topics that include but are not limited to:
- Plays or performative meditations on sense and reason
- Sensory arousal in the science and/or performance event
- Embodying and performing knowledge in the natural and physical sciences
- Agency, empathy, and cognition in performances of/for/about non-human bodies
- Understanding science content through embodied perception
- Performance's function as a knowledge-generative experience
- Performing science and trust in surgical theatres, clinical trials, and doctor-patient encounters
- Activist performances in support of (or in opposition to) the sciences
- Performances by and about non-hegemonic science players
- Eco-critical performances and climate change plays
- Embodied sensation and the theatrical audience, or the science of spectatorship
- Plays and performances that interrogate intersections of science and sexuality
- Performances that exploit or sexualize socially "othered" bodies in the name of science research
- The arousal of the intellect and senses through/within the curiosity cabinet, science museum, and educational science performances
- Questions of embodiment, knowledge, and trust in cybord and mediated performance
- Sexual arousal and its role in the progress (or regress) of scientific research


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Meredith Conti
Assistant Professor of Theatre, University at Buffalo SUNY

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