Sunday, March 12, 2017

12th International Conference 
Theatricality in Theatre and Other Mimetic Forms
4-6 April 2017
Organised by  
Department of Performing Arts
In Collaboration With

Bangalore University is located in the Garden City of Bangalore aptly hailed as the “I.T. Capital of India”, was established in July 1964 as an off shoot of the University of Mysore, Bangalore University has completed Fifty-two years of fruitful existence and has come to be hailed as one of the largest universities of Asia. Though originally intended to be a federal university, it has eventually emerged as an affiliating University. The University was first accredited in 2002 by NAAC with Five Star Status, re-accredited in the years 2008 and Nov. 2016 in 2nd and 3rd Cycles with ‘A’ Grade.

Bangalore University has achieved milestones by establishing MOUs with Universities and Institutions of national and international repute. To cater to a student population of over three lakhs, the University is striving to provide access, expansion and excellence in higher education. The vision of the University is to make distinctive and significant contributions to the cause of higher education in Humanities, Social Science, Law, Commerce, Science & Technology. The University is providing quality teaching and encouragement to research in frontier areas with social relevance that would reflect its mission and goals aptly symbolized by its emblem ‘JNANAM VIGNANA SAHITHAM’.

The Department

The Department of Performing Arts was started in the year 1973. The Department is located at Kala Bhavana, Jnanbharathi Campus, Bangalore. The Department has well equipped class rooms and labs. It also has ‘theatre on wheels’, a programme that provides a platform for 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 always has been an interdisciplinary area of research. The present conference continuing this tradition would like to place the theatrical performances along with other performing arts Theatricality is one of the basic foundations of theatre, and is what defines it. But it is also used as a mode of representation or as a medium in other mimetic forms. Especially with the entry of new media forms in the wake of technological developments, it seems to be relying exclusively on the mode of theatricality to reach out in the era of late capitalism. The question that this seminar poses is whether theatre research which hitherto grappled with the notion of theatricality could throw light on the uses of modes of theatricality in the new media. Are “real” events staged before camera as theatrical events and not as social events? There is live streaming of certain events over internet, which amounts to theatricality. Thus there is urgency in understanding the question of theatricality in theatre and other mimetic forms. 
We call for papers exploring the issue of theatricality in various mimetic forms.  Questions regarding expanding the notion of theatricality to cover these developments or limit to it, or use the conceptual tools generated in theatre research to address them, could be presented. The following are the suggested topics but the researchers need not limit themselves to the following

  • Changing notions of Theatricality,  
  • Dance and theatricality. Art shows as theatricality. 
  • Television shows and theatricality. 
  • Theatricality in the age of technology
  • Theatricality in Life.
  • Cinema and theatricality. 
  • Theatre and Tourism.   
  • Theatre and Mass Media.
  • Theatre and new media. 
  • Theatricality of domestic disputes in media.
  • Deconstructing power: Role of theatre and other mimetic forms.
  • Decentralizing power rhetoric/ Rhetoric of power: Role of theatre and other mimetic forms, Social preformation as theatre and other mimetic forms.
  • Theatre and other mimetic forms and their participation in social construction, Performatives in theatre and other mimetic forms.
  • Social changes through theatre and other mimetic forms.
  • Radical theatre and social performatives, Defining performative in social sphere, Power in cognitive sphere and role of rhetoric, Power establishment in rhetoric performative, Discrimination of people’s rhetoric through theatre of power.
  • Cinema of the oppressed and performativity of the censor board. Power rhetoric in television and radio.

Important  Instructions for Abstract Submission.
Abstract not exceeding 500 words should be sent latest by 25th March 2017 through email to the following email address:
The authors should state their institutional affiliation, designation, postal address, e-mail, fax and mobile number.
The organizing committee reserves the right to accept/reject the abstract without giving any reasons
 Last date to send full papers and for registration: 30th March 2017
Selected papers will be published with ISBN 
Registration fee: General Conference: Rs.2500/-    50$ for foreign delegates
Research scholars: Rs.1000/-     25$ for foreign delegates.

For more details, visit: Bangalore University website or contact:

Dr. V. Nagesh Bettakote 
Conference Coordinator 
Department of Performing Arts, Bangalore University,
Jnanabharathi Campus, BENGALURU-560056
Phone: (O) 080-22961708/1701, Mob: 9902130384