Graduate Symposium at Indiana University

The Graduate Symposium Call for Proposals below includes Translation, so I pass it along for your information.


The 3rd Annual Indiana University Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance Graduate Symposium on Theatre & Performance Studies:

Cultural Indigestion (colon) Exploring the Complexities of Interculturalism in Theatre and Performance

“Tupi or not Tupi: that is the question.” -Oswald de Andrade

In 1928, Oswald de Andrade published his Cannibalist Manifesto, asserting Brazilians’ right to cannibalize other cultures and break free from post-colonial European dominance. In the next decade he would write the play The Candle King to try and put those ideas to work on stage. It was not performed until the Tropicalist movement found it and put it on in the 1960s. Such cultural tends to be linked with imperialism since those with the power are the ones appropriating the performance techniques and culture of others. This raises certain questions that do not sit easy on the stomach: Can cultural appropriation function in the way Andrade proposes? Is the metaphor of cannibalism or digestion appropriate for interculturalism? What are the stakes for the participants in intercultural performance?

In our increasingly global culture, the blurring of boundaries both forces cultures to mix and opens up more people to a desire to understand other cultures. In our third annual graduate symposium on theatre and performance studies, we hope to host a diverse, interdisciplinary community of scholars whose research ruminates on this mixed platter of performance and theory at the intersection of cultures. We seek proposals for papers, presentations, and performances that actively interrogate cultural cannibalism and intercultural performance.

Proposals might address topics relevant to the following areas:


  • Cultural cannibalism
  • Intercultural vs. Multicultural vs. Cross-cultural
  • Borders and Margins
  • Postcolonial performance
  • Translation
  • Diversity and difference
  • Post-migrant theatre and immigration
  • Syncretic theatre
  • Adaptation and appropriation
  • Bilingualism on the stage
  • Diaspora studies


The program is open to submissions from IU graduate students from all disciplines, as well as graduate and post-graduate students from other institutions and independent scholars. We also welcome alternative, practice-as-research or performance proposals that rigorously address the theme.. Facilities may be available to stage performances, play readings, or demonstrations, but these proposals are encouraged to be submitted as early as possible. A $200 prize for the best essay will be awarded at the conference.


The two day-long conference includes tickets to IU Theatre’s production of "In the Red and Brown Water" by Tarell Alvin McCraney as well as a special keynote presentation by Brazilian playwright and artist Lucienne Guedes Fahrer,


Please submit a 300-word proposal and one paragraph bio to by September 15, 2014. Presenters will be notified of their acceptance by September 30. Questions may be addressed to Eric “C” Heaps,


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