CFP. “Theaters of Marginality” Amherst, MA. September 21 & 22, 2018



University of Massachusetts Amherst and Amherst College

SEPTEMBER 21-22, 2018

The Second Conference of the Iberian Theater and Performance Network will focus on the topic of marginality. It is informed by the transhistorical persistence of marginality, which we aim to approach from a textual, performative, and cultural perspective. We seek to explore non-normative practices and their negotiation in the realm of gender, sexuality, race, class, religion, and identity. Additionally, this conference will address the boundaries of the performative and theatrical event, as a site of inclusion and exclusion.  

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Sexuality
  • Queerness
  • Displacement and Immigration
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Religious minorities
  • Socio-economic status and inequality
  • Disability
  • Aging
  • Spatial and temporal liminalities
  • Marginal genres and performance practices
  • Writing, performance, and language

Submitting your proposal:

We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers (in English or Spanish) on a broad variety of topics and methodological approaches that treat the theme of “Theaters of Marginality” from disciplines including theater and performance studies, literary studies, musicology, history, art history, philosophy, cultural studies, religious studies, gender and sexuality studies, and critical theory.

To propose a paper, click here to submit an abstract not exceeding 250 words to the program committee. The proposal should include the speaker’s name, e-mail address, and academic affiliation. Proposals must be received by end of day on Friday, March 16, 2018.

Since space is limited and there will be no parallel sessions, all abstracts will be peer reviewed and notifications of accepted proposals will be sent by the middle of April.

Keynote speaker: María M. Delgado is Professor and Director of Research at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. She has published extensively on Twentieth- and Twenty-first-century Spanish theatre, performance and film, focusing on both stage and screen actors and directors. Her most recent book is “Otro” teatro español: Supresión e inscripción en la escena española de los siglos XX y XXI (2017).

Featured Performances:

Conference organizers team-up with performers to develop a piece that reflects on the topic of marginality. Confirmed actors include Isabel Rodes, David Boceta, and Juan Hernando Vázquez. In addition, the conference will feature a performance of Max Aub’s monologue De un tiempo a esta parte, which chronicles the harrowing experience of a Jewish woman in the Vienna of 1938, played by Spanish actress and researcher Esther Lázaro. The actors’ credits include Centro Dramático Nacional and Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico, among others.

Submit your proposal.

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