Between Performance & the Health/Social Sciences

“Between Performance & the Health/Social Sciences”
Organizers:  Julia Gray and Catherine Graham
Contact e-mail: Julia Gray ‎( and ‎‎Catherine Graham (

Call for papers
Dedline: 31 January, 2019

We invite paper proposals from theatre, dance, performance and drama studies practitioners/scholars to consider the ways we engage beyond our disciplinary borders, with the health and social sciences. This seminar responds to calls to consider the ways we might better rise to the challenge of cross-paradigmatic and disciplinary projects and expectations. Through this seminar we will explore the ways:

  1. performance-based onto-epistemologies are often different from and in tension with the social and health sciences, and what that means for engaging methodologically, and
  2. graduate students and emerging scholars might be trained beyond traditional silo-ed approaches, to support interdisciplinarity.

Our seminar will involve: members of the group sharing their own papers electronically (submitted 6 weeks before CATR); on-line discussion of papers, including overlaps and new areas to explore (completed 2 weeks before CATR); CATR meeting, including brief presentations and discussion.

Possible areas of interest:

  • Socially-engaged, applied and/or therapeutic theatre/dance/performance practices
  • Theatre/dance/performance methods and/or theories to explore or frame social/health scientific research
  • Scientific theories and/or methods to frame theatre/dance/performance practices and research
  • Points of tension, hierarchies and structures of accountability between theatre/dance/performance and the social/health sciences
  • Cross-overs between qualitative research and performance-based approaches (ie performance and dance ethnographies); and/or the emerging relationship between post-qualitative and arts/humanities approaches to research

Interested participants should submit a paper proposal (approximately 250-300 words), a professional bio (75-100 words), and any institutional or professional affiliation (as applicable); please submit to Julia Gray ( and Catherine Graham ( by 31 January, 2019. Auditors are welcome at CATR conference meeting.

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