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Call for contributions “Young Scholars’ Forum”/EASTAP Conference, 24-24 September 2021

21 June 2021, Aarhus/online

23 – 24 September 2021, Vilnius/online

In 2021, EASTAP’s Young Scholars’ Forum aims to bring together PhD candidates and starting researchers in for two online research days. In June, the participants to the Forum will be able to present their research and their experiences to their peers and to senior scholars, to discuss research problems and to talk informally. The June meeting will also include a keynote and seminar with Dr. Koku G. Nonoa (University of Luxembourg) on the topic of “Intersectional Imaginations”, as well as an open roundtable for all to discuss and exchange problems, and potential solutions, for impediments and obstacles caused by the Covid-situation for time-bound PhD research and similar projects.
The Forum welcomes contributions on any aspect of theatre studies, performance studies, dance studies, opera, puppetry, circus, etc. Moreover, we specifically invite contributions dealing with following topics:

In September, the Young Scholars’ Forum meets again for a research seminar during the 2021 EASTAP conference. Then, we will discuss research progress booked over the summer, we will debate joint readings and general issues and topics related to the research and the EASTAP conference.

As a research seminar with two meeting events (in June and September), the Forum aims to support young researchers both in research subject, research contexts, research problems and methodologies, especially in pandemic times.

Application should include:
• A cover letter, arguing why you want to take part in the Young Scholars’ Forum.
• An abstract of no more than 500 words.
• A short biography of no more than 200 words.

  1. Radical Imaginations: Race, Representation and Diversity in Theatre and the Arts.
    Contemporary European theatre and performance practices and epistemological reflections are at challenging crossroads of multilayered cultural encounters and diversities of individual and collective identity constructions, along with processes of othering and aesthetic strategies of inclusion and exclusion. In this connection, dynamics of power-relation and politics of perception connected to issues of representation and diversity in European theatre raise the following question: Who should or may represent whom on a stage, especially concerning certain manifestations of otherness, such as in the case of people with physical disabilities and/or from other sociocultural backgrounds? How to deal with the otherness of the person(s) portrayed (cf. Müller-Schöll 2019) has become a contentious issue in the contemporary context of diverse and societies in Europe?
  2. “The research that could have been”. Scholarly research in pandemic times.
    In times of a global pandemic, every aspect of our daily and professional lives has been severely redefined. Professionally, COVID has presented theatre scholars with serious research challenges. Theatre venues, libraries and archives were the first who had to close their doors. Many artistic collaborations have been put on ice, awaiting postpandemic times. And working from home, many scholars have been facing the solitude of academic research in harsh isolation. We invite contributions that specifically deal with the research problems that were caused by the pandemic, both on a social and psychological level and on the level of methodology and (lack of
    available) source material. How do you deal with research challenges in pandemic times? Which strategies do you use to deal with these challenges?

These application documents should be sent as one PDF-file to YSF.EASTAP@gmail.com.
Application Deadline: 1 April 2021
Acceptance Notification: 30 April 2021


Prof. Dr. Jeroen Coppens
Stefania Lodi Rizzini