VIITH WORLD CONGRESS
INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY THEATRE ASSOCIATION (IUTA) AND THE BENEMERITA UNIVERSITDAD AUTÓNOMA DE PUEBLA, MÉXICO.
JUNE 2ND– 6TH 2008
HEADQUARTERS: ESCUELA DE ARTES, COLEGIO DE ARTE DRAMÁTICO, BENEMÉRITA UNIVERSIDAD AUTÓNOMA DE PUEBLA, MÉXICO.
“UNIVERSITY THEATER, IDENTITY AND ITS LANGUAGES;
PARADIGMS AND PARADOXES”
IUTA members, theatre researchers, actors, directors, playwrights, critics, students and the whole theatre community are invited to participate as speakers and/or observers to the “VIIth IUTA World Congress” on the theme: “Identity and its languages in the University Theatre; paradigms and paradoxes”.
We propose a reflection around the aesthetics and languages of university theatre – in relation with the identities of its national, regional, local environment – on the processes of theatre training, and on the paradigms and paradoxes that contextualize artistic productions of current theatre in our new globalized environment.
One of the worst fears about the globalization process is that it tends to uniformize practices, attitudes and values, and erase and abolish differences. This fear is justified and amplified by the tremendous means that the globalizing process can access: liberalized exchanges of all sorts, supported by the vast majority of current political regimes, and the extraordinary power of the media.
While globalization affects all spheres of human activity, including culture and especially theatre, theatre has not waited for globalization to penetrate borders. From its very beginnings, theatre has been the special place for encounter, exchange and convergence – not only encounters between actors and characters, between actors and audiences, and between creators themselves, but also encounters between cultures through artists, plays, shows and aesthetic theories that circulate across national and linguistic boundaries. However, in moving from one country to another, from one culture to another, theatre has never abandoned its role of helping to affirm the particular identities of cultures, nations, groups and individuals, which, down the centuries, have been able to recognize themselves and reaffirm their identity by and through their theatre.
This question of the paradoxical role of university theatre in the current highly disturbing context of globalization constitutes the main theme of IUTA’s eighth World Congress, which will take place in Puebla, Mexico, from June 2ND to 6TH, 2008. Theatre practitioners, trainers, theoreticians and amateurs from all over the world are invited to this debate on university theatre in terms of training (theoretical or practical), criticism, production or creation.
The objective is to understand how and to what extent university theatre, which is implicitly involved in the globalization process, also helps define and defend particularities by giving expression to other voices and by preserving and celebrating differences. While contributing to globalization, as reflected in the astonishing growth of university theatre festivals and the increasing number of international exchanges, university theatre might well also stand as one of the principal bastions of resistance to globalization by virtue of its role in defending particular identities.
The question of identity – that of the actor with respect to the character, of the actor with respect to the director, of the audience with respect to what it watches, or of the student with respect to the trainer – is central to this theme and, clearly, the discussions at the Congress will shed light on the way in which university theatre helps define and express identity on stage.
Congress participants are invited to submit their papers on one of the following themes:
Identity, identity’s languages and university theatre: How have university practices helped define and preserve identity (personal, social, cultural, etc.)?
Paradoxes and functions of university theatre in the context of globalization: What is the impact of university theatre in facilitating or counteracting this process?
Identity, history, society and university theatre: How has university theatre evolved in time and space amidst the opposing trends of globalization and local preference?
Proposals are invited for three types of activities: (1) scholarly papers (twenty minutes),
(2) demonstrations (twenty minutes to one hour), and (3) workshops (one to two hours).
Submissions should include a 500-word titled abstract, complete contact information and institutional affiliation of the proponent, and a short biographical note.
- Reception of abstracts: January 31, 2008.
- Selection of papers: January 10, 2008.
- Proposals for demonstrations or workshops : December 15, 2007.
- The proposals for participation in the Festival will be received until December 15, 2007.
The development of the program of activities will be of magisterial conferences assigned to the guests, thematic desks, workshops, courses, and presentation of plays in evening schedule of 6 and 8 p.m.
Proposals for participating with a theatre performance to the University Theatre Festival parallel to the Congress are also welcomed. See Application form for performance on the website of the Congress* (the page will start on June 25th).
Registration fees for the Congress.
- $180.00 (US dollars or Euros)
- ($ 600.00 m/n, for educational or investigators from the BUAP)
Registration fees for IUTA membership:
- Institutional 120.00 US $/120€/180 $ CAD.
- Individual 40 US $/40 €/60 $ CAD.
- Students 25 US $/25€/40$ CAD.
The Organizing Committee is constituted by the members appointed by IUTA Executive Committee and the local committee of the headquarters of the event. For more information, please contact:
- Jean Marc Larrue firstname.lastname@example.org
- Maria S. Horne email@example.com
- Elka Fediuk firstname.lastname@example.org
- Isabel Cristina Flores email@example.com (comité local)
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Address / Adresse / Dirección
Collège de Valleyfield,
Valleyfield, Canada, J6T 1X6
Phone / Téléphone / Teléfono
extension / poste / extensión 211
Fax / Télécopieur / Telecopiadora
e-mail / courriel / correo electrónico
VII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON UNIVERSITY TEATHRE OF THE AITU
JUNE 2nd to 6th, 2008
EVENT COLLOCATED IN THE SCHOOL OF ARTS, BY THE DRAMATICAL ART COLLEGE OF THE
BENEMÉRITA UNIVERSIDAD AUTÓNOMA DE PUEBLA, MÉXICO.
“IDENTITY AND ITS LAGUAGES IN THE UNIVERSITY THEATRE: PARADIGMS AND PARADOXES”
THE BENEMÉRITA UNIVERSIDAD AUTÓNOMA DE PUEBLA, MÉXICO.
Its historical tradition comes since 1575, when it was founded as the “College of the Company of Jesus of San Jeronimo”. It was until 1937 when the College became University. It achieved its Autonomy from the State Government on 1956 and its Title of Benemérita on 1987, as a recognition of its academic and social work in Puebla and Mexico.
ABOUT THE BACHELOR IN DRAMATIC ARTS BUAP
The Bachelor in Dramatic Arts, supported by the School of Arts of the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, was created on May 14th, 1997, by an agreement of the Honored University Counsel signed by the Headmaster Lic. José Doger Corte. Some of the founder professors are: Prof. Lilia Esther Pérez Ramírez, Prof. Armando Bautista Macías, Dr. Isabel Cristina Flores. On August of 1997 the School receives its first generation of students. Then the school joined to the Bachelor in Dance, created on the same year, and the Colleges of Music, Dance and Dramatic Arts.
It is an excerpt taken from the Study Plan of the CAD (BDA):
“The main objective of the school is to educate professionals in the dramatic arts with a solid preparation and a critical vision to their work, in order to response positively to the needs and requirements of their current time on the social, academic and cultural levels. This is done by planning proposals of creation, performance, direction, production and representation of the theatrical fact, all of them as sources of knowledge and transformation of the life of the man and its surrounds, basing this principles on pedagogy and research”.
The University Company of Theater in Puebla has accomplished through the past years with its historical and poetical mission, leading on the theatrical field, drawing paths to the search and exploration of scenical languages, corresponding to the demands of the contemporary theater and the questions of an specific time and place. The University Theater, its spaces and creators, have been able to suggest the necessary views to the development of theater, mainly on the formation of performers. The Company represents on the current stage, the movement of the theater history in Puebla, drawing an alternative course of the art of theater for the citizens of Puebla.
It is our purpose to fill in the university artistical spaces, to make the art essential, such as the water, the air, the bread.
It is for us an honor to invite to the theatrical community of Mexico and the whole world to participate with us in this great event for the formation, creation and theatrical research in Mexico.