CFP: The Bloomsbury Companion to Performance and Interculturalism

Call for Proposals

 The Bloomsbury Companion to Performance and Interculturalism

 co-edited by Daphne Lei (University of California, Irvine) and Charlotte McIvor (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Interculturalism is one of the most contested terms in theatre and performance studies. Despite the invitation to promote the collaboration, hybridity, synthesis and exchange among heterogeneous cultures and artistic traditions, interculturalism in performance has been overwhelmingly shaped by Western imperatives in the “long twentieth century” (Arrighi).  In today’s global and transnational world increasingly characterized by a spectrum of volatile political situations, interculturalism desperately needs new definitions for its raison d’être in theatre and performance studies.

Building on recent new directions in scholarship, The Bloomsbury Companion to Performance and Interculturalism aims to reexamine the key concepts of interculturalism and foundational debates, to pioneer new directions in research by featuring cutting edge methodologies, and to expand the scope of representation to include studies that interrogate gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality and power from minoritarian and non-elite cultures and underrepresented regions in the globe.

This companion will have a strong emphasis on methodological approaches to the study of interculturalism vis-à-vis performance.

We invite specifically proposals that cover African, Latin American, Middle Eastern and South and Southeast Asian engagements with interculturalism and performance in addition to East Asian and Western case studies.

We are looking for chapter proposals that cover the following thematic/theoretical areas in terms of evolving methodological approaches to interculturalism within theatre and performance studies:

  • Reassessments of key debates and figures of intercultural theatre from the 1970s-early 2000s, such as Peter Brook’s Mahabharata (1985) and The Battlefield (2016)
  • Reroutings of intercultural networks that challenge HIT models of collaboration (Lei) on the festival networks and beyond
  • Differential global economies of prestige vis-à-vis intercultural performance practice and scholarship
  • Dance and interculturalism
  • Intercultural Shakespeares
  • Actor training and interculturalism
  • Migration, race, ethnicity and the ‘new interculturalism’
  • Shifting state/international appropriations of interculturalism as social policy keyword
  • Historical approaches to interculturalism
  • New technologies and evolving approaches to intercultural performance practice/scholarship
  • Postcolonialism and interculturalism now
  • ‘Interweaving performance cultures’ as an evolution of the intercultural theoretical paradigm (Fischer-Lichte)?

Please submit a 200 word proposal  by October 1 to Daphne Lei (dlei@uci.edu) and Charlotte McIvor (charlotte.mcivor@nuigalway.ie).

Please also include a short bio (100 words) and one-page CV which also lists your major publications.

About co-editors:

Daphne Lei is Professor in Drama at University of California, Irvine. She is internationally known for her work on Chinese opera, Asian American theatre, intercultural theatre, and diasporic and transnational performance.  She is author of Operatic China: Staging Chinese Identity across the Pacific (Palgrave, 2006) and Alternative Chinese Opera in the Age of Globalization: Performing Zero (Palgrave, 2011).   She is the current president of American Society for Theatre Research.

Charlotte McIvor is Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway. She is author of Migration and Performance in Contemporary Ireland: Towards A New Interculturalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and co-editor of Staging Intercultural Ireland: Plays and Practitioner Perspectives (with Matthew Spangler) and Devised Performance in Irish Theatre: Histories and Contemporary Practice (with Siobhán O’Gorman).  Her research addresses contemporary Irish theatre and performance and intercultural performance at the intersection of migration and critical race and gender studies.

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