The 2017 SCENARIO Forum conference responds to increasing signs of a performative shift in education and explores potential PERFORMATIVE SPACES in language, literature and culture-related pedagogical contexts. We invite contributions with a focus on (but not limited to) the following topics:
- Embodied spaces. How can the role of the body be accentuated more as an integral part of the learning process? What effects does embodiment have on learning outcomes?
- Physical spaces. What are the challenges and possibilities of existing physical spaces (classrooms/seminar rooms/lecture halls etc.) and how can performative teaching approaches impact and possibly transform those spaces?
- Mental spaces. What new spaces in the mind emerge from working performatively in education? How can those spaces be perceived, described, and reflected upon?
- Empty spaces. Which specific areas in education could particularly benefit from performative approaches to teaching and learning? If “empty space” is “any space in which theatre takes place” (Peter Brook), how can empty spaces become rooms for artistic/aesthetic experiences in language, literature, and culture education?
- Intercultural spaces. How can different cultures, languages and language learning backgrounds be productively integrated into performative teaching and learning? To what extent do performative approaches go beyond existing practice in the area of intercultural education?
- Curricular spaces. In what way have performative teaching and learning cultures already shaped existent curricula? What are the desiderata?
- Research spaces. What gaps exist between theoretical considerations and practical applications of performative teaching and learning, and how can these gaps become viable spaces for performative research? In what ways has research into performative teaching and learning already made an impact on research methodologies? How can performative teaching and learning be observed, codified, and/or assessed?
- Definitional spaces: What terminological challenges and transcultural considerations need to be focused on in the development of an international glossary of terms?
- Visionary spaces. After 10 years of SCENARIO: To what extent has the way towards a performative teaching and learning culture been paved? What has been achieved in particular cultural contexts? What developments are desirable/expected over the next ten years?
We welcome contributions from teachers, scholars, as well as artists and practitioners in related arts-based disciplines and professional fields of practice, including Education, Drama and Theatre, Film/ New Media, Music, Dance, Visual Art. The organisers are open to a variety of presentational forms, including 25-minute papers, 90-minute workshops, short films, and performance pieces.
About the host university
Founded in 1845 University College Cork is one of the oldest institutes of higher learning in Ireland. Located near the heart of Cork city the university campus enjoys all the facilities of a modern metropolis while still retaining the charm of its history and heritage.Situated on the banks of the River Lee, the university is just a five minute stroll from the city’s bustling business, shopping and entertainment districts.
The university campus provides ample opportunity for relaxing and pleasant walks through the mature and beautifully landscaped grounds. Set amidst this elegant and gracious backdrop are many historical and distinctive buildings, some of which date back to the foundation of the university.
University College Cork is also the perfect base to tour the beautiful South West of Ireland. Famous scenic areas such as Blarney Castle, Fota Island and Kinsale are all within easy reach.
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