Critical Theatre Ecologies

Deadline: 1 November 2019
Contact: Martin Riedelsheimer, University of Augsburg

Call for Papers: Conference on Critical Theatre Ecologies

(Augsburg, Germany, 21-24 May 2020)

Deadline: 1 November 2019

The 29th annual conference of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE) addresses the topic of Critical Theatre Ecologies.

We invite contributions on
• Eco-Drama/Theatre: Drama and theatre studies within the field of environmental humanities; critical reflection of theatre and/as ecology; self-reflexive perspectives on nature and environment beyond the phantasm of totality; the precarious balance of universal interconnectedness, difference and contingency.
• Eco-Spectators: What are the theatre’s ecological responsibilities towards spectators? How are af-fects, emotions and cognition involved in the representation of ecological issues in drama and theatre?
• Eco-Spaces: Theatre spaces as ecological spaces.
• Eco-Aesthetics: Theatre aesthetics and its ecological potential; the difficulty/impossibility of repre-senting the spatial and temporal dimensions of ‘ecological deep time’ and the theatre’s aesthetic reactions to these difficulties; questions of genre and its effects: does ecological drama and theatre form a genre of its own or is it part of other, already existing genres? Which chances and limitations do genre conventions represent for an aesthetics of theatre ecology?
• Eco-Ethics: Transnationalism and cosmopolitanism as ecological and ethical questions; stage re-sponses/responsibilities to globalised ecologies; theatre and ecology as counter-discourses to neoliberal utilitarianism and counter-reactions to the “Capitalocene” (Jason W. Moore).
• Eco-Networks: Theatre, ecology and questions of intersectionality: how are questions of gender and/or race inequality connected to theatrical ecologies?
• Eco-Anthropology: Theatre and the ecological ‘real’: the planetary outlook of text and performance in the Anthropocene.

In accordance with CDE’s constitutional policy, papers should deal exclusively with contemporary (i.e. post-1989) theatre and drama in English.

Please find further information and the full call for papers here:
Please feel free to email me with any questions.

Posted on October 21, 2019