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INTERSECTIONS 2017: Practicing Reference(s)/Referencing Practice(s)

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The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s annual Intersections Conference is taking place on the 19th and 20th January 2017.

Led by the Research Degrees community at Central, Intersections seeks to engage with current theoretical and conceptual discourses in performance research, not only to highlight the diverse research interests at Central, but also to host a range of international scholars from a variety of backgrounds and institutions, addressing points of intersection between disciplines, fields and modes of research.

Panels are composed of researchers whose papers may potentially speak to each other, not within the confines of perceived fields of performance (as defined by genres of performance, for example), but through concepts, concerns and issues which may be common to a wide range of researchers in performance, including crossing boundaries between practice-as-research and so-called ‘conventional’ research.

The theme of this year's Intersections in "Practicing Reference(s)/Referencing Practice(s)". Acts of reference are unavoidable in creative and critical practice and in everyday life. Performance and performativity, in language and in art, rely on reference and upon citation, and necessarily appeal to pre-existing contexts and established authorities in the movement between innovation and convention. Referencing can be a mode of documentation, adaptation and archiving, as well as a means of giving shape to history, oneself and others. Each reference re-casts the past into a possible future, shifting frames of reference until new knowledge and experience emerge out of the old.

To make a reference is to look back in order to move forward, sideways and in all directions. It is a gesture by which some sources, practices, ideas and people are retrieved and others left behind, some links reinforced and some cast back. To reference, to be referenced, to be a reference, runs through the practices of academics and performance makers. What, then, does it mean to reference — to refer to — performance? And in what ways might performance reference, refer to, us?

In addition to the diverse range of papers presented in the conference's panels, Intersections 2017 is proud to host two keynote speeches by Professor Julie Sanders (Newcastle University) on the 19th with Dr Joel Anderson (RCSSD) as respondent, and by Simon Sladen (V&A Museum) on the 20th with Professor Gilli Bush-Bailey (RCSSD) responding.

For more information and the event programme, please visit our website, www.intersectionscentral.com.


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The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

62-64 Eton Avenue
LondonGreater London, England NW3 3HY

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20 Jan 2017 -

10:00am to 4:00pm

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