Amazigh / Berber Theatre. Textual and Aesthetic Analysis. International Conference

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Call for Papers
April 22, 2020 to April 23, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Theatre & Performance History / Studies, Area Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Humanities, Literature

"Amazigh/Berber theatre. Textual and Aesthetic Analysis". International conference.

22 and 23 April 2020

Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO)

65 rue des Grands Moulins, 75013 Paris, France

The changes and transformations that have taken place in the Amazigh (Berber) socio-cultural field have contributed to a literary and artistic renewal, which also finds expression in current theatrical productions. The INALCO international conference on Amazigh theatre will provide an opportunity to develop a nuanced discourse on the ambitions of Amazigh theatre and its textual and aesthetic analysis by addressing several questions concerning its current development: What are the contemporary theatre plays and creators/actors? What are the literary strategies in relation to the language of the plays? Is the debate concerning everyday language (with borrowings from Arabic and French) and standardized and "purified" language (by recovering ancient words and renewing the vocabulary of the local variant with neologisms) still an issue for the work of Amazigh theatre creators and actors? Is there a renewal of themes and characters? Is the influence  of international theatre decreasing or increasing? What is the role and position of female actors and characters in contemporary Amazigh theatre? Have the new social, political and economic conditions of the Imazighen/Berber people in the Maghreb after the 2000s led to a revitalization of Amazigh theatre?

Languages: French and English
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 10 February 2020

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The papers will be submitted to peer review prior to publication.

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Daniela Merolla and Amar Ameziane