Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Call for papers-   Bangalore University March 2016

Department of Performing Arts
Bangalore 560056
in Collaboration with
Association for Theatre Research
as part of University’s
Golden JubileeYear Celebrations
is organizing a
International Conference
Theatre and other Performing Arts: Aesthetics, Polity, Economy, History and Space
Date: 29th to 31st March, 2016

The Department
The Department of Performing Arts was started in the year 1973. The Department is located at Sneha Bhavana, Jnanbharathi Campus, Bangalore. The Department has well equipped class rooms and labs. It also has‘theatre on wheels’, a programme that provides a platformfor students to perform plays based on contemporary issues in different parts of Karnataka. The syllabi and the performances of the Department focus on modern trends and innovations in the field of Performing Arts. Along with this, the Department also has important outreach activities like the annual National and International conference, World Theatre Day, Drama productions and presentation of Ballets and Music concerts.
Call for papers
Theatre research is and alwayshas been an interdisciplinary area of research. The present conference continuing this tradition would like to place the theatrical performances along with other performing arts such as Dance, Music (both vocal and instrumental) and its aesthetics in an interdisciplinary perspective by exploring its inter-linkages with aesthetics, polity, society and economy in terms of both chronos and topos. This dual axis of time and space would reveal the dynamics of change across culture in performing arts and its aesthetics.The conference aims to bring together scholars from both humanities and social sciences to reflect on the changing dynamics of theatre across the globe.
Like any other social/aestheticphenomenon, performing arts arealso a part and parcel of social realities.It depicts/sustains the social inequalities as well as political resistance against such inequalities. It is in this context that the performing arts come alive to people. Thus, as a creative art, performing artspush towards social change and tries to find space to reinvent the civic aptitude for a better future. Responding to the society, polity and economy around it, performing practices too have undergone a lot of changes,sometimes leaving long lasting changes, sometimes vanishing after a mere experiment. A holistic understanding of these changes/experiments is possible only bydrawing on the methodologies of other disciplines. We invite academicians/scholars from the humanities and beyond, and artists and performers working in different genres and media, to contribute to an interdisciplinary exploration of the ways in which creative production—whether scripted, improvised, devised, choreographed, or spontaneous—expands/alters the civic imagination and summonsand configures new understandings of public spaces.
The broad themes for presentations could be as follows:
o Performing Arts and Linguistic Nationalism
o Performing Arts and Nation, Caste, Gender
o Performing Arts and Sexual-minorities
o Public Spaces and Performances
o Question of Representation in/through Performing Arts
o Performing Arts and Multi-culture
o Performing Arts and Social change
o Changes in Performing Arts
o Dance and Theatre
o Music and Theatre
o Musical Play
o Dance Drama
o Fine Arts and Theatre
o Fusion of Various Arts
o History through Performing Arts
o History of Drama, Dance and Music
o Economic Aspects of Performing Arts
o Political Aspects of Performing Arts
o Issues of patronage to Performing Arts in past and present
• 20 minutes will be given for each presentation
• There would be theatre and folk performances as part of the seminar in the evenings
Last date to send abstracts: 10thMarch 2016
Last date to send full papers: 20thMarch 2016
Last date for registration: 20th March 2016
Selected papers will be published with ISBN
Registration fee
General Conference: Rs. 2500/-
Research Scholars: Rs.1000/-
Send abstracts and full papers to
For details contact
Prof.Nagesh V Bettakote
Conference Coordinator
Department of Performing Arts, Bangalore University,
Jnanabharathi Campus, BANGALURU-560056
Phone: (O) 080-22961708/1701,