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Appel à contribution • The Art of Public Memory, 7-10 avril 2011, University of North Carolina



An international, interdisciplinary conference exploring intersections of the arts, memory, and history

April 7th to 10th, 2011, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

•> Date limite de réponse à l’appel : 13 décembre 2010

The conference is, in part, inspired by the performance of Bill T. Jones’s Serenade/ The Proposition, at UNCG on Friday, April 8. A contemporary dance about the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and a rumination on the nature of history, Jones’s dance suggests examination of other works involving Lincoln such as the current off Broadway play Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party Review and Suzan-Lori Park’s 1994 The America Play, and portraits of Lincoln by composers such as Charles Ives and Roy Harris. It also calls for a broader examination of the arts, memory and history. Potential questions include : How and in what ways do memories acquire a public character and through what means are they preserved, archived, and negotiated in everyday life ? In what ways do expressions of public memory create, sustain, and de-stabilize the work(ings) of power ? How are ideas of gender, sexuality, race, class, and nation re-inscribed or contested through performances, especially performances of history ? In what ways do the body, bodily action, and bodily experience enter into public memory ?

We invite proposals of academic papers, panels, workshops, lecture performances, and performances from scholars and artists in the arts, education, the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The conference is sponsored by, and celebrates, the new School of Music, Theatre and Dance at UNCG, and is co-sponsored by UNCG’s Program in Women’s and Gender Studies.

In addition to the performance of Serenade/ The Proposition, other special events include keynote addresses by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, music historian Eileen Hayes, and dance studies scholar Randy Martin. The opening reception will be held at the Greensboro Historical Museum.

Proposals must be received by December 13, 2010

Notification of acceptance by January 31, 2011

Send your submission through email to : womens_studies@uncg.edu.

Please include your last name and ART OF PUBLIC MEMORY in the Subject Heading of the e-mail. The text should be attached and pasted in the body of the e-mail to assure access. Please send documents in .doc or .docx formats.

Receipt of all submissions will be confirmed electronically.


Individual papers should not exceed 20 minutes for presentation. Submit a 500 word abstract.

Panels consisting of three individual presenters may be proposed. Submit a 250 word discussion of the ideas and issues important to the panel in addition to individual paper proposals of 500 words each for the presenters. Please send all documents together.

Performances (solo performance, staged readings, dance, music, installations) : We hope to include a limited number of performances, especially performances that can be accomplished in alternate spaces, studios, classrooms, or in shared evenings of music, theatre, and dance. Submit a 500 word abstract describing the event and its organization.

Lecture-Demonstrations, Lecture-Performances, or Workshops may run from 30-45 minutes. Submit a 500 word abstract describing the topic and organization of the session.

For all proposals, include :

* name
* affiliation (if applicable),
* contact information,
* 150 word biography of presenter,
* presentation title,
* presentation format (individual paper, panel, workshop, performance, etc),
* space needs,
* technology needs.

Queries about proposals may be addressed by e-mail to Ann Dils at ahdils@uncg.edu.

Queries about the conference should be addressed to Carole Lindsey-Potter at cllindse@uncg.edu.


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