CALL FOR PAPERS, PARTICIPANTS, AND PRESENTATIONS!!
The Critical Exchange
Puppeteers of America
2019 National Puppetry Festival
July 16-21, 2019
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Curated by Claudia Orenstein and John Bell
The Critical Exchange is a series of discussions among practitioners, critics, and scholars, on selected topics, taking place during the 2019 Puppeteers of America National Festival, and co-sponsored by UNIMA-USA (the American Center of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette), which seeks to foster and enhance critical engagement within puppetry arts.
We are looking for participants from the fields of puppetry, theater, dance, visual art, film, animation and other related areas who would like to bring their thoughtful views about puppetry to address the topics listed below, or another topic they want to propose.
Participants may propose to address a topic by offering any of the following:
- a scholarly presentation
- a position paper
- a panel or roundtable conversation
- to serve as a discussant or respondent
- something else you would like to offer that we haven’t thought of but is completely relevant
SUGGESTED THEME TOPICS FOR THIS YEAR:
1. Identity and Representation On and Off Puppet Stages
Organizers: Tim Cusack, Alissa Mello, and Paulette Richards
This session will focus on the ways in which puppetry, as a performance practice, pedagogical tool, and/or focus of scholarship, speaks to and for communities marginalized because of gender/gender expression, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, class, and/or physical ability, especially persons who are situated at the intersections of these identity markers. As such, it will be organized around a workshop format comprising both panel presentations and facilitated discussion. We are particularly interested in presentations that examine how communities “read themselves” into puppets, whether onstage, on film or on the small screen; presentations examining how puppets themselves can better mimetically represent marginalized populations; presentations questioning who does the labor in puppet practice and how that labor is equitably or inequitably divided; presentations fruitfully dissecting identity “disconnects” between puppet and puppeteer; and papers presenting research on puppeteers working with and in at-risk communities, particularly in the educational setting. Special consideration will be given to applicants with experience in facilitation.
2. New Voices – An invitation to MA and PhD Students Working in Puppetry to Share their Work
What does the future of puppetry scholarship look like? We invite MA and PhD students and other scholars working in puppetry and related fields to come to Minneapolis and share their research topics and approaches to puppetry. What is your research on? What methods are you using? How is your work expanding, enhancing, transforming the field of puppetry scholarship for the future? We are also interested in what resources, publications, and forums support graduate puppetry work. How can puppetry grow as a field within academia? We hope these presentations and the conversations they foster will not only let everyone at the festival in on the exciting work graduate students are doing, but will create a hub of discussion that can grow into an ongoing community and center for critical exchange for the discipline.
3. New Publications in the Field
Puppetry is a growing area for publication. We would like to share recent publications in puppetry and offer authors and/or readers an opportunity to present recent books and articles. Authors can present their own work and readers can offer their views on publications that are particularly inspiring. Presentations on non-English books and articles are also welcome.
4. Puppet Exhibitions and Collections
This topic aims to investigate the puppet’s status as art object within museums and special collections. Topics for proposals might include, but are not limited to, issues with displaying puppets as objects, highlights of important or lesser known collections, critical perspectives on performing objects within museum contexts, presentations on exhibits of puppetry or related work that can offer insightful views into the art.
5. STEM to STEAM: Puppets and Technology
Puppets are tools for performance, and puppets, automata, and performing objects have always been involved in technology from the days of Hero of Alexandria to the development of the Waldo remote manipulator. At a time when education theorists focus on “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math”, we realize the Arts are essential cultural elements, turning “STEM” into “STEAM”. Puppetry has long been the central meeting place of technology and the arts; how can it perform this function in the 21st century?
6. Global Perspectives
Puppetry is a global form and invites questions about the nature of global culture, intercultural influences, and the survival of traditional forms in changing contexts. How is puppetry as a global art form manifest today? How do different forms from different parts of the world influence each other? How do we connect with puppetry arts outside our own traditions and practices? How do we allow ourselves to be influenced by other forms while respecting their integrity?
Should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Critical Exchange Proposal.” Deadline for proposals: December 31, 2018.
Should include, in an attachment:
- Name, affiliation, and contact information
- Three line bio
- The name of the topic above that you would like to address.
- A one-paragraph paper abstract or description of your presentation or, for discussants, a brief outline of your relationship to the topic, why you are well placed to discuss the issue, and the types of views you hope to explore during the session.
Co-sponsored by UNIMA-USA