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Conceitos e Dispositivos de Criação em Artes Performativas (Estudos Artisticos / TAGV)

International Conference Concepts and "Dispositifs” of Creation in the Performing Arts

[Portuguese Version]

Faculdade de Letras and Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente

University of Coimbra, Portugal

26-28 November 2015 

Call for papers

The international conference CONCEPTS AND “DISPOSITIFS” OF CREATION IN THE PERFORMING ARTS aims to address the growing (auto)reflexivity in contemporary creation. In this ecology of creation, simultaneously marked by "rational intervention" (Foucault) of “dispositifs” and by its present “proliferation” (Agamben), art tends to move beyond its traditional operating framework, characterized by the dominance of a skill or a certain way of expression.
We are witnessing a growing appreciation of ideas and concepts as ways of worldmaking and opening new sensorial horizons, within a context that is favorable for experimentation, transdisciplinarity and a wide range of material and technological mediations.

As architectures of expression and staging, and as models that regulate the experience of the spectators and affect their subjectivity, the undifferentiated accumulation of “dispositifs” also presupposes the existence of various ways of thinking about subjectivity and understanding the traditional disciplinary contexts. This reality visibly contaminates contemporary creation within the performing arts, challenging the usual notions of spectatorship, subject, author and work.

The conference welcomes papers and workshops on CONCEPTS AND “DISPOSITIFS” OF CREATION IN THE PERFORMING ARTS related to the following topics:

. The relationship between conceptualism and the performing arts

. The notion of “dispositif” within the arts

. Diversity of “dispositifs” (institutional, discursive, technological)

. The relationship between art, science and technology

. The influence of site-specific mediations

. New dynamics of creation: "practice-led research" and "research-led practice"

. Consequences for analysis and criticism

. Consequences for the communication and reception of the work

. Effects of the accumulation of “dispositifs” on contemporary subjectivity

. The growing professionalization of artistic practice;

The conference includes reflection and creation, cultural programming and academic discourse production. Conference participants (with and without presentation) may attend the following events at the Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente (free of charge):

November 26, 21:30 - Your Best Guess, by Chris Thorpe & mala voadora
November 27, 21:30 - Flatland I (Para cima e não para Norte), by Patrícia Portela


We invite proposals for workshops (maximum 3 presentations) and individual presentations. Proposals must not exceed 2000 words in length, and should include the following information: name, affiliation, short CV (250 words), contact, title, abstract and keywords. Submissions can be in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish, and  should be sent electronically to conceitos.dispositivos@gmail.com. Selected papers will be published in a volume, thematically arranged, to be submitted to Coimbra University Press (Portugal) and Annablume Publisher (Brasil).

Important dates

Deadline for abstract submission: October 15, 2015

Decisions on submitted abstracts: October 18, 2015

Final program posted online: October 24, 2015


. Registration Fee (per person) with accepted paper: 80€

. Registration Fee without accepted paper: 20€ (with a limited number of vacancies)

. Registration Fee for students of the University of Coimbra: free (with a limited number of vacancies)

A certificate of participation will be issued to all registered participants.

Methods of Payment

Payment should be by bank transfer to the following account:

Pensamento Voador - Associação para a Promoção de Ideias
NIB 0035 0204 00060654130 80
IBAN PT50 0035 0204 00060654130 80

Conference organizers

Centro de Estudos Interdisciplinares do Séc. XX

Centro de Dramaturgia Contemporânea

Curso de Estudos Artísticos da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra

Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente

Fernando Matos Oliveira (Coord.)

Cláudia Morais

Elisabete Cardoso

Frederico Dinis

Mário Montenegro

Marisa Santos

Marlene Taveira

Scientific Committee

António Pedro Pita (Universidade de Coimbra)

Cassiano Sydow Quilici (Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brasil)

Christine Zurbach (Universidade de Évora)

Francesca Rayner (Universidade do Minho)

Isabel Nogueira (CEIS20, Universidade de Coimbra)

Luiz Fernando Ramos (Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil)

Maria João Brilhante (Universidade de Lisboa)

Rui Pina Coelho (Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema)

Susana Mendes Silva (Universidade de Évora)

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