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>From:         David Barnett <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Contemporary German Drama Conference 2005
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>The Analogue resists the Digital?
>The Materiality of German Theatre and the Virtual World
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>‘Das Petroleum sträubt sich gegen die fünf Akte’: Brecht’s aphorism
>expresses the twentieth-century theatre’s unease with nineteenth-century
>forms and its search for alternatives: what kind of theatre could engage
>with the experience and material reality of speed, technology, wealth,
>industrial processes and emergent globalisation which petroleum, as reality
>and as metaphor, encapsulates?
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>But that was quite some time ago, before the internet, gene therapy, the
>dotcom boom, and its bust. Has the pervasive experience of, indeed, the
>reality of virtuality made Brecht’s profoundly innovative theatre itself
>redundant and antiquated? Has the vast quantity and vast range of media
>alternatives made theatre superfluous, or in some ways redefined its
>potential? What implications does the technological, social and mental
>environment of the twenty-first century have for the forms of theatre? Is
>theatre adequate to the formal, or even the technical challenge of
>representing the unrepresentable, rendering the invisible, virtual or absent
>as palpable aesthetic experience?  The business of theatrical representation
>has always dealt with an absent ‘real’, so is dramatic theatre, despite
>premature reports of its death, once again well positioned for such a
>challenge? Do postdramatic writing and practice offer approaches that
>apprehend the elusiveness of the virtual? Is the incomprehensible of
>twenty-first century experience in fact different to the sublime and
>ineffable with which aesthetic practice has always engaged or which it has
>sought to awaken in its recipients?
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>This conference seeks to interrogate the relationship between one of the
>oldest art forms and a global society that generates obsolescence in ever
>shorter periods of time. Our focus is the formal strategies with which
>German-language writers for and practitioners in the theatre confront their
>realities. We would welcome proposals for twenty-minute papers in either
>English or German from researchers in the field of contemporary German
>theatre. Graduate students are also invited to submit proposals for short
>presentations in which they can share their current projects with the larger
>academic community. Plans to publish the proceedings are currently underway.
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>The Conference will take place on the Blackrock Campus of University College
>Dublin between Saturday 1 and Monday 3 September 2005.
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>300-word abstracts should be sent to [log in to unmask] by 28 February
>2005.
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>David Barnett                          Moray McGowan
>Department of Drama                    Department of Germanic Studies
>University College Dublin                      Trinity College Dublin

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