CFP — UK conference “Texting” the Body & Corporeal Writing

Information from the Association for Theater in Higher Education listserv:

Call for Papers/Proposals for TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) 2011
Kingston University, Kingston-upon-Thames 7 – 9 September 2011
The Performance and the Body Working Group
Embodied languages: ‘Texting’ the Body and Corporeal Writing

The Performance & the Body Working Group invites proposals for papers and performance presentations for TaPRA 2011 exploring the theme of bodies and their relationships with text. Please send a brief (250 word) proposal, a short biographical statement, and an outline of technical requirements by 3 May to the working group convenors: Jennifer Parker Starbuck ( and Lib Taylor (

Bodies and texts are interwoven throughout all performance: contemporary or historical, technological, physical, archival, material. Text may form the basis of performance events; it may be quoted, translated, projected or overlaid. Textual engagements engender our historical and archival memories of bodies through a variety of written accounts, notation, publicity, and analysis. How do we understand bodies through these encounters? In what ways are bodies (re-)shaped by texts, and texts (re-)framed by bodies? How is the body interpreted as ‘text’ in performance? In what ways do bodies and text intersect, overlap and perform? How might text be understood as body or body as text?

A piece from Brian Dettmer's series of book-scupltures.

We welcome expressions of interest that might consider the following:

  • How bodies might serve as texts of transmission
  • How texts regulate, map, or shape bodies in performance
  • Analyses of bodies as palimpsestic, archival, or historical texts
  • The impact of technologies that mediate text upon performed/performing bodies
  • The body as textual, text-ured, texted
  • Text as bodied, embodied, dis-embodied

We welcome alternative, practice-as-research or performative proposals that engage thematically and rigorously with the working group theme, but these must be achievable with limited resources and within a 20-30 minute time period.

Proposals, if accepted, may be directed into a range of presentational formats: traditional panels (with 20 minute papers); pre-circulated papers that form the basis for discussion and a short presentation; or if appropriate, performance-based panels. While we welcome statements of preference, final decisions will be made by the working group convenors and will be indicated at the time of acceptance.

For other working group CFPS and further information about the conference see:

The Performance & the Body working group also warmly welcomes participants who do not wish to present a paper this year.

Leave a Reply