CFP: International Journal of Taiwan Studies Topical Section: “The Politics and Poetics of Contemporary Taiwan Theatre”
October 31, 2019
This topical section for the International Journal of Taiwan Studies (IJTS) welcomes contributions that enrich discussions on how theatrical performances after the abolition of martial law responded to politicalised experience during the martial law period. They expect the introspection of politics through theatre not only as a historical experience but also as a strategy in form.
The aim of the proposed topic is to explore how contemporary theatre (since the lift of martial law in 1987 to the present) has shaped, modelled, interpreted, and represented the cultural significance of Taiwan and Taiwan’s (dis)identification. Taiwanese identity has been inherently problematic and lacerated, and this raises many questions that have become the main concerns of Taiwanese theatre artists.
Through examining the role of the artist and artistic practices in contemporary Taiwan, this topical section is driven by some sizable and pressing questions: What are diverse ways to be political? How can these alternative ways resist being coopted by political hegemonies? How can a poetic style also be a stance of politics? How do different narratives of performance affect the artistic or political messages? How do performance conventions transform from one performance to another, undergoing reinterpretation in both politics and poetics? These specific questions provide a stereoscopic coordinate system, which encourages scholars to rethink the content and form of Taiwan’s theatre toward the local mediation of Asian traditions and Western influences.
For more information, please see the attached PDF: CfP International Journal of Taiwan Studies