Analysing Plays in the Twenty-First Century: A Critical Conversation
Centre for Contemporary British Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London
Friday 5 July 2019, central London (venue tbc)
Analysing plays remains a core component of contemporary theatre and performance research. The play-text has long been an object of scholarly fascination and scrutiny, and the traditions and practices of playwright-focused research continue to evolve today. However, as the field has broadened, a sense of the possibilities and methods of play analysis warrants a fresh investigation to assess its contribution to the discipline in the twenty-first century.
This one-day symposium aims to initiate a critical conversation about the purposes and significance of play analysis – past, present and looking towards the future. We want to examine how play analysis responds to some of the pressing challenges within academia (such as the impact agenda, and debates about diversity); we also want to investigate how and why contemporary scholars work with plays, including recent methodological developments in play analysis and the emergence of new critical-theoretical perspectives.
We invite proposals for 15-minute papers or provocations that respond to an aspect, method, or theory of the process of contemporary play analysis and which explore how this contributes to the broader concerns of the discipline. We are seeking papers that stand beside existing play-orientated research by inviting contributors to reflect on how social, political, pedagogic, practice-based and/or philosophical imperatives inform the work we do. Contributors are invited to reflect simultaneously on our roles as analysts of plays and on the current methodologies that we bring to bear on these analyses.
Contributors focusing on approaches to analysing Black/Asian plays and/or playwriting that focuses on issues of race, gender, and sexuality are especially welcome.
Abstracts of no more than 300 words, with a brief biography, should be emailed to Lynette Goddard (L.P.Goddard@rhul.ac.uk)<mailto:L.P.Goddard@rhul.ac.uk)> and Chris Megson (Chris.Megson@rhul.ac.uk)<mailto:Chris.Megson@rhul.ac.uk)> on or before 29 April 2019.
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