The Broadway musical, as a live event, depends upon interaction between bodies – those of performers, musicians, craftworkers, audience members, and others.
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Broadway Bodies: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Musical

September 28-29, 2018, St Louis
Washington University in St. Louis
Deadline: March 31, 2018

The Broadway musical, as a live event, depends upon interaction between bodies – those of performers, musicians, craftworkers, audience members, and others. Reading the musical on, through, and between bodies, as an embodied and always performed art, affords new understandings and avenues of inquiry that are lost when viewing the musical as a static or textual object. Issues of the body bring together many disciplines and theoretical frameworks—the term “body” itself can have many definitions, including the body in space, the body as architecture, sounded, experience, a collection of objects, the abstract or sounded as bodies themselves. This conference seeks to advance the recent academic trend towards the performer and the embodied through exploration of the Broadway musical.

The conference intentionally leaves the term “bodies” open to encourage a broad range of interpretations from scholars from across disciplines, including performing arts, but also other humanities fields.

This call for papers is specifically intended for graduate students and recent PhDs without permanent academic positions whose work intersects with the musical as embodied performance. In the interest of intergenerational discussion, we have invited established and early-career scholars to participate with us, including keynote speakers Stacy Wolf and James Leve. We will provide a comprehensive financial package for those presenting that covers most costs associated with attendance at this conference (flight, hotel, food, and transportation).

Please submit abstracts of 250 words for individual 20-minute presentations by March 31, 2018. Abstracts should be in .pdf or .docx

format, and the email should include the presenter’s name, institution, position, and discipline. Decisions will be communicated in April 2018. Please direct all inquiries to conference co-chairs Ashley Pribyl, Daniel Fister, and Caleb Boyd at broadwaybodiesconference@gmail.com.

 

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