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TitelReassessing Theatrical Paradigms and Imagining Global Rights (American Society for Theatre Research Panel)
BeschreibungReassessing Theatrical Paradigms and Imagining Global Rights

San Juan (Puerto Rico)

In this session at the 2009 Annual Conference of the American Society for Theatre Research, we will revisit key twentieth-century theatrical paradigms traditionally associated with the promotion of critical consciousness and strategies for social, cultural, and political intervention. Our objective is to explore and reassess paradigms such as Bertolt Brecht's Verfremdung, Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, and anthropologist Victor Turner's social dramas in an emerging global framework. Our inquiry focuses on the creative tensions and paradoxes these paradigms pose in a transnational context defined by the adoption of multilateral cultural and social networks configured through and in response to neoliberal global capitalism, the establishment of international recognition and jurisdiction of human rights, the revision of physical and virtual borders, and changing notions of citizenship. Within this framework we seek to re-evaluate the relationship between the stage and the world by addressing the following key questions and issues:

*How might the destabilization of national sovereignty, together with the growing presence of an international human rights network, necessitate a reassessment of key terms such as theatre of revolution, theatre of the oppressed, theatre of resistance, theatre of disintegration, and borderland theatre?

*In what ways does theatre imagine performative frameworks, embody new spaces and subjectivities, highlight tension between competing paradigms, and promote critical dialogue on cultural rights?

*How have these paradigms been adapted and revised historically in concrete cultural contexts, and what are the specific political implications of this adaptation? In what ways are these twentieth-century paradigms compatible with new modes and ways of framing activism and political intervention?

This session is designed for individuals who are in the process of writing on themes and issues central to the session’s rationale and focus. We envision the session as having a joint research / reading focus. In order to achieve optimal results, we will request participants to circulate their papers (10 - 15 pages plus bibliography) ahead of time. Prior to the conference, participants will have a chance to read and comment upon each other’s papers. At the meeting we will spend the first hour of the session in small groups discussing papers. During the last two hours of the session, we will open up discussion to the whole group to address the broader questions put forth in the call for papers. This conversation will draw on both the participants’ individual papers and a critical bibliography provided by the session leaders ahead of time. Ideally, we would like the group to have 12 or 14 participants. The ultimate goals of our research/reading group are to facilitate collaborative scholarship, to improve the quality of our research and writing, and to develop new hypotheses and approaches to theatre studies.

Proposal submissions: Interested participants should send an abstract (200 words) and a bio by May 15 to all four conveners. All selected participants must become members of ASTR.

Brenda Werth, American University (
Paola Hernández, University of Wisconsin-Madison (
Kerry Bystrom, University of Connecticut (
Florian Becker, Bard College (

All working session CFPs are on ASTR's web site at

Here are two additional links that may be helpful:
1) Frequently Asked Questions:
2) ASTR Fellowships for attendance (Keller for untenured faculty; Marshall for graduate students):

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VeranstaltungsortSan Juan (Puerto Rico)
PersonName: Becker, Florian [Dr.] 
Funktion: Assistant Professor of German 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Bard College 
Strasse/Postfach: P.O. Box 5000 
Postleitzahl: 12504-5000 
Stadt: Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeDramentheorie; Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literatur nach 1945; Theater (Aufführungspraxis)
Zusätzliches SuchwortMenschenrechte; Global Rights
Klassifikation04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.04.00 Weltliteratur; 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.08.00 Gattungen und Formen; 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.08.00 Gattungen und Formen > 18.08.02 Drama. Theater; 19.00.00 1990 bis zur Gegenwart; 19.00.00 1990 bis zur Gegenwart > 19.08.00 Gattungen und Formen > 19.08.02 Drama. Theater
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