Capital(s) of Avant-Garde Theater
Martin Harries (University of California, Irvine), Christian Gerzso
(Pacific Lutheran University)
Avant-garde theater and performance demand a comparative framework. This
seminar seeks to gather a wide range of work on avant-garde and
experimental theater and drama across national and linguistic borders.
Papers focusing on the historical avant-garde as well as on more recent
and contemporary avant-gardes are welcome, as are discussions of the
historical roots of avant-garde practice in the nineteenth century or
Papers related to the conference theme are especially welcome. The
theater has been closely linked to capital(s): geographic, political,
and economic. But what is the relationship of avant-garde and
experimental theater and drama in particular to these varieties of
capital? How does avant-garde theater de-stabilize or rearticulate the
relationship of theater production and consumption to centers of
financial, political, and cultural hegemony, especially with the claims
of avant-garde and experimental drama to anti-nationalism,
internationalism, cosmopolitanism, and/or anti-capitalist localism? How
does avant-garde drama resist ever-expanding networks of finance and
communication, and how do these, in turn, enable its production and
transmission? What new kinds of spectacle and publics do avant-garde and
experimental drama create through these new means and how do they
challenge or reinforce national, linguistic, and media boundaries?
Conversely, how does avant-garde drama represent the mediation of these
competing capitals? Is the theatrical stage still a privileged site for
representations of these vexed encounters in modernity?
The ACLA will be in New York City, March 20-23, 2014:
The procedure for proposing a paper is described here:
The ACLA deadline for paper proposals is November 1st.