Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Call for papers: "Invisible Presences: Translation, Dramaturgy and Performance"

A good-looking conference coming up on drama translation:

Call for papers: "Invisible Presences: Translation, Dramaturgy and Performance"
Drama and Film Centre, Queen’s University Belfast
18-20 April 2011

‘Invisible Presences’ is presented under the aegis of Out of the Wings,
an AHRC-funded project exploring Spanish theatre in English translation,
in association with the Dramaturgies Project, and the Translation,
Adaptation, and Dramaturgy Working Group of the International Federation
for Theatre Research.

This international conference will explore the dramaturgical processes
of translation in performance practice, whether across language and
culture or the translation of ideas into material production. Rather
than seeing the processes of writing (whether collaborative or
singleauthored), translation, rehearsal, production, and audience
reception as separate and discrete, the conference will engage with
approaches that view the process as more of a continuum, one that is
perpetually at work. In this way the conference offers the opportunity
for dialogue between contemporary practitioners, both translators and
theatre makers, and for new insights into dramaturgy and translation
that seek to map the growing convergence between theatre practice and

The conference will feature:
-A range of eminent keynote speakers
-Practical workshops exploring issues of dramaturgy and translation
-Panel sessions
-Round table discussions

Areas for discussion include, but are not limited to:
-Translation and its metaphorical apprehension of text
-Translation and its audiences
-Translation and the contingency of performance -
-Collaborative translation processes
-The limits of translation
-Translation and ethics
-Dramaturgy as translation/ translational process
-Visual theatre: dramaturgies and translations of light, sound, space
-Technology: new relationships with audiences in online productions
-The dramaturgical process in different contexts: Case studies from
practitioners and scholars exploring the issues and particularities of
each context, such as community arts, theatre for young people,
cross-art collaboration processes and facilitation, ‘postdramatic’
dramaturgies, queer dramaturgies, disability arts, collaborative writing
processes, etc.

Proposals addressing the themes of the conference are invited in the
forms of: 20-minute paper presentation; 2-hour workshop. Please submit
proposals of 300-500 words, with 150-word biography, by 30 September
2010, to the organisers:
Alyson Campbell: a.e.campbell at qub.ac.uk
David Johnston: d.johnston at qub.ac.uk
Kurt Taroff: k.taroff at qub.ac.uk

For more information, please contact David Johnston at d.johnston at qub.ac.uk

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