Critical Conversations Beyond our Circles

“Critical Conversations Beyond our Circles”
Organizer:  Lisa Aikman
Contact e-mail: Lisa Aikman

Call for proposals
Deadline: 4 January, 2019

The panel “Critical Conversations Beyond our Circles” invites discussion on the shifting grounds of theatre criticism, with specific focus on what kind of criticism (and what kind of critic) is appropriate and effective when analyzing work from marginalized or otherwise othered voices. The steady rise of theatre of the real—which often demands to be judged on qualities other than artistic mastery—and the push towards diversifying our theatres and our syllabi, bring to light the tensions of criticizing a work on its own terms within a system steeped in colonial and racist notions of what qualifies as excellence.

Recent articles in Canadian Theatre Review and Alt. Theatre posit embedded criticism as one way a critic can prepare an audience to meet a play on the play’s own terms (Fricker, Malouin). This panel invites scholar/critics to share alternative approaches to theatre criticism (from either inside or outside the classroom) and invites artists to discuss the kinds of criticism that would be most appropriate and helpful to their work.

Those interested in participating are asked to submit a 200-300 word proposal by 4 January, 2019. I will then select the three to four proposals that present the most interesting intersections and challenges to one another. If four proposals are selected, presentations will be limited to 15 minutes to leave ample time for conversation and questions.

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