Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Re-Constructing Asian-ness(es) in the Global Age

The International Federation for Theatre Research is currently holding their annual conference at Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea. "The IFTR conference aims to examine, learn, and bring to discussion how different theatre traditions of East and West come to play for, against, amongst each other to transform and re-create their respective new ones, ultimately in order to enrich and reinforce Theatre as an important cultural asset of the global community." Internationalist Eyad Houssami is there presenting his paper on contemporary theatre from Beirut. See the website here.

Other topics of discussion include:
1. Constructions and Imaginative Representation of Asian-ness in World Performance.
2. Religion and Theatre: influences of religions in Asia such as Shamanism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, etc. on theatre.
3. New media and Theatre: impact and uses of new technology on Asian traditional theatre and theatre education.
4. Adaptation and Appropriation: local Asian adaptations of international theatre influences including Shakespeare, Brecht, Chekhov, etc.
5. Cultural Translation: ideologies of the West such as modernism, Marxism, feminism, etc. as translated and historically practiced in Asian cultural contexts and their representations in theatre.
6. Asian and Transnational Women’s Issues in Performance.
7. Spatial Issues in Performance.
8. Corporeality and Representation in Performance.
9. Festivals as sites of performance.
10. Concepts of Asian-ness in Cyberspace.

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