*Call for Papers:*
An interdisciplinary conference hosted by
The Performance of the Real Research Theme
The University of Otago, tepoti/Dunedin, New Zealand
18-19 November 2019
Keynote presenters: TBC
As our world becomes increasingly digitised, we ask what role do physical
objects continue to play in our lived realities? This conference considers
how peoples experiences and knowledges of the real are communicated via
performances involving artefacts performances of the everyday, as well as
activities explicitly labelled performances. It looks at how
performance and the real are understood with respect to artefacts, as
well as at how and why peoples realities are communicated performatively
Some specific provocations to consider include:
How are artefacts used performatively to represent or reframe
various kinds of realities?
Can or should virtual artefacts replace physical ones during
performances? What are the affects/effects of doing so?
How are artefacts used to blur how people perceive/conceive the
What is the importance of artefacts objectivity or subjectivity
when they are used performatively?
How are peoples pasts, presents and futures represented,
communicated and understood via performances utilising artefacts?
What are the socio-political and cultural realities of performing
with particular kinds of artefacts? Are certain ontologies and
epistemologies privileged or marginalised in such performances?
We welcome abstracts for papers, performances, panels or other presentation
formats, such as installations. Please submit a 250-300-word abstract of
your presentation and a 150-word biography for each presenter by *July 31,
2019*. Please send us your abstract as a Word document, and use your
surname as the document title. Please clearly indicate the title of your
presentation, as well as your full name (first name, surname) and
institutional affiliation (if relevant). Please send your abstracts or any
enquiries to the Theme administrator, Alex, at
firstname.lastname@example.org. There are a limited number of travel
bursaries available for postgrad students. Please contact the theme
administrator for details.
The Performance of the Real is a University of Otago funded
interdisciplinary Research Theme. The project is to investigate what it is
about representations and performances of the real that make them
particularly compelling and pervasive in our current age. At its core is
the study of how performance/performativity, in its many cultural,
aesthetic, political and social forms and discourses, represents,
critiques, stages, and constructs/reconstructs the real, as well as the
ethical, social and form-related issues involved in such acts.