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2021 Performance Studies Call for Submissions

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2021 Performance Studies Call for Submissions

 

“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.” - Mexican Proverb 

 

“I see myself as an experimental cartographer…Though our work sometimes overlaps with experimental theatre, and many of us utilise spoken word, sensu stricto, we’re neither actors nor spoken word poets” (78). Guillermo Gómez-Peña

 

“There is a rebel in me—the Shadow-Beast. It is a part of me that refuses to take orders from outside authorities. It refuses to take orders from my conscious will, it threatens the sovereignty of my rulership. It is the part of me that hates constraints of any kind, even those self-imposed” (38) Gloria Anzaldúa

 

This year's conference theme calls us to understand the roots of what we are creating, maintaining, and breaking down/through. Cultivation calls us to think about creation and the roots of our beings. Cultivation is at the root of performance studies. The Performance Studies Division is particularly interested in understanding how performance work can be used to cultivate inclusion in various nuanced ways that also account for power. Cultivation and growth can be an extraordinary painful process but we think it is important to celebrate joy with the understanding that growing joy is not mutually exclusive from anger or despair. We seek submissions that employ the tensions and nuances of all types of cultivation. We are looking for submissions that center people who have been historically marginalized, we want to hear and center the work/voices of people of color, LGBTQ+ folks, folks with disabilities, and transnational scholars. Cultivating a place where these voices are centered is integral to the ethic of performance studies. Yet further, we want to cultivate a novel direction for performance studies. We seek submissions that ask us to (re)cultivate what our interest group can feel like. What knowledges can we cultivate and embody? And ultimately, what can performance studies cultivate for the discipline of communication studies.

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Programs and/panels co-sponsored with other interest groups are encouraged as they increase opportunities for intradisciplinary dialogue and may also allow for more submissions recommended for acceptance to be paneled. Mark the top left of submission with name of the potential CO-SPONSOR INTEREST GROUP.                               

Submission Instructions: Do not email submissions to the program planner.                                         

WSCA uses an online submission system, the Attendee Interactive. In order to submit papers, proposals, scripts, performances, pre-conference proposals, you must submit online via the WSCA Convention, 2021 Submissions, Submit Papers and Proposals (www.westcom.org). Note that all Attendee Interactive usernames and passwords are separate from WSCA log-in information. Submitters do not need to be a member of WSCA to submit work.

Submission Due Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. PST.

For questions, please contact the Chair/Program Planner of the Performance Studies Interest Group:                               

Miranda Dottie Olzman at miranda.olzman@gmail.com

I.              COMPETITIVE PAPERS                                                                               

a.     Scholar-artists are encouraged to submit papers to the Performance Studies Interest    Group for competitive selection. Papers should have a performance studies research focus and can utilize any methodology and/or theoretical perspective. We welcome diverse and creative approaches to academic research (e.g., critical/cultural, indigenous, queer, feminist, poetic, personal narrative, autoethnography,performance ethnography, among others). Competitive Papers should not: (1) have been presented at another conference or convention; (2) have been published; and (3) have been accepted for publication. All submissions should use APA, MLA, or Chicago style.

b.     Debut Award: The Performance Studies Interest Group welcomes and encourages   debut competitive papers. The WSCA Executives Club Award is made to the author or co-authors of a paper presented as the convention “who have not presented a paper at a state, regional, national, or international convention, or published in any academic journal.” Papers presented at student-only conferences are exempt from this requirement. All authors of a co-authored paper must meet these eligibility requirements for a paper to be considered a Debut Paper. Papers eligible for the Debut Award should be marked “DEBUT” in the upper right-hand corner of the title page. Indicate whether each author is a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral student.

c.     All papers should be submitted in PDF, RTF, or MS Word format. Submitted papers should include two separate attachments:

 i.     A title page with title of paper, names of all authors, and the addresses, phone numbers,  email addresses, and institutional affiliations of each author. Also include audio-visual requests only if absolutely necessary for your presentation or performance. You are encouraged to bring your own audio- visual equipment(s) whenever possible. Equipment availability is extremely limited and expensive. See the WSCA policy on Audio-Visual Equipment at Conventions in the Policies and Procedures Manual on the website http://www.westcomm.org/

ii.     The paper, including a 100-250 word abstract, and a maximum of 25 pages of text. Remove authors’ names from the paper.

d.     Please submit competitive and debut papers electronically using the WSCA online Attendee Interactive system (www.westcom.org) no later than Tuesday, September 1, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. PST.           

II.            PANEL PERFORMANCES

a.     We invite scholar-artists to submit completed scripts for performances to be scheduled on panels. Panel performances should be between 10-15 minutes and can be in various modes (e.g., critical/cultural, indigenous, queer, feminist, poetic, personal narrative, performance (auto)ethnography, multimedia, digital, etc.). While you are invited to submit program panels featuring a number of short performances (see program proposals below), panel performances are intended for individuals (or groups) with 10- 15 minute performances interested in being programmed with other 10-15 minute panel performances. To submit a performance for consideration, submit the following separate attachments:

 

 i.     A title page with title of performance, names of all performers, and the addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and institutional affiliations for each performer. Also include audio-visual requests only if absolutely necessary for your performance. You are encouraged to bring your ownaudio-visual equipment(s) whenever possible. Equipment availability is extremely limited and expensive. See the WSCA policy on Audio-Visual Equipment at Conventions in the Policies and Procedures Manual on the web site http://www.westcomm.org

 ii.     The completed script. Please remove author and performer names from the script.

b.     Please submit panel performances electronically using the WSCA online Attendee Interactive system (www.westcom.org) no later than Tuesday, September 1, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. PST.                       

  1. SOLO/ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCES

a.     We invite scholar-artists to submit completed scripts and for solo and/or ensemble performances. Solo/ensemble performances are intended to fill an entire panel slot (75 minutes, preferably including time for discussion and/or questions) and can assume various modes (e.g., critical/cultural, indigenous, queer, feminist, poetic, personal narrative, performance (auto)ethnography, multimedia, digital, etc.). To submit a solo/ensemble performance for consideration, submit the following separate attachments:

             i.     A title page with title of solo or ensemble performance, names of all                                   performers, and the addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and                               institutional affiliations for each performer. Also include audio-visual requests                     only if absolutely necessary for your performance. You are encouraged to                           bring your own audio-visual equipment(s) whenever possible. Equipment                           availability is extremely limited and expensive. See the WSCA policy on                            Audio-Visual Equipment at Conventions in the Policies and Procedures                              Manual on the web site http://www.westcomm.org

              ii.     The completed script. Please remove author and performer names from the                        script.

 

b.     Please submit solo/ensemble performances electronically using the WSCA online Attendee Interactive system (www.westcom.org) no later than Tuesday, September 1, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. PST.

IV.  PROGRAM PROPOSALS

a.     Program proposals should focus on a unifying theme relevant to research, theory, or instruction in Performance Studies. Programs may consist of a chair, individual presenters/performers, and a critic or respondent in a format traditionally presented at conferences. However, ensemble or solo performances, debates, round table discussions, performance activities, or other unique formats are encouraged. Innovative program proposals, especially those that provide opportunities for interaction among participants and attendees, are encouraged.

b.      All program proposals should be submitted in PDF, RTF, or MS Word format. Submitted program proposals should include two separate attachments:

 

 i.     A title page with title of program, names of all participants (include specific titles for individuals, if inclined), and the addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and institutional affiliations of each participant. Also include audio- visual requests only if absolutely necessary for your performance. You are encouraged to bring your own audio-visual equipment(s) whenever possible. Equipment availability is extremely limited and expensive. See the WSCA policy on Audio-Visual Equipment at Conventions in the Policies and Procedures Manual on the website http://www.westcomm.org/

 

 ii.     The proposal, including descriptions of performances, abstracts, or scripts, etc. fitting the format of the proposed program. Remove author names, please.

c.     Please submit program proposals electronically using the WSCA online Attendee Interactive system (www.westcom.org) no later than Tuesday, September 1, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. PST.                                                                                                           

For more information and instructions regarding submissions see the WSCA website        (www.westcom.org).

For questions, please contact the Chair/Program Planner of the Performance Studies Interest Group:                                           

Miranda Dottie Olzman at miranda.olzman@gmail.com

 

 


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