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1147RE: (ROBERSON) CFP: Performing the (Arab) public sphere | Tangier, Morocco | June 2013

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  • George F. Roberson
    Sep 17, 2012
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      please circulate CFP pasted below.

      cheers, George

      George F Roberson, PhD
      Capitol Hill - Denver, Colorado USA

      Partners for International Collaboration and Education (PICE) -- Worldwide
      Collaborative Media International (CMI) -- Denver, Amherst, Tangier
      Annual International Conferences -- Tangier
      Geography Human Dimensions Research Group -- University of Massachusetts-Amherst
      Fulbright Scholar -- Morocco
      Fulbright Association -- Colorado Board of Directors

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      RE: (ROBERSON) CFP: Performing the (Arab) public sphere | Tangier,
      Morocco | June 2013

      (kindly disseminate widely)

      Call for Papers
      Performing the (Arab) Public Sphere
      9th Annual International Conference

      Tangier - Tetouan, Morocco
      1-2-3 June 2013

      The conference aims at reframing the discussion on the public sphere
      and questioning the performative articulations of political critique.
      It is a continuation of our discussions in the “Performance and
      Transformations” conference (2012).

      The normative Habermasian model of the “public sphere” generates a
      discursive arena of free flow of information and formation of public
      opinion culminating at pragmatic consensus. However, the public sphere
      is also an arena wherein pluralities of competing publics contest each
      other. It is a “battleground” as Chantal Mouffe once put it. Some
      activist performers bring into play the public sphere to call
      attention to their political standpoints; they deploy the politics of
      visibility to make statements in public without discussion. In this
      context, “activist performance” is a “form of political action which
      is located outside the political consensual realm of party politics as
      it is not institutionally affiliated with parties, unions, or other
      organizations…” (Pia Wiegmink, 2011: 31). Performance and theatre
      function as constant players in a turbulent public sphere. For
      example, the Seattle “giant puppets” march against the World Trade
      Organization in 1999, the ongoing “Occupy Movements” and so-called
      “Arab Spring” protests, community theatre forums, and even the
      phenomenon of self-immolation in public… all share the politics of
      impersonation as imitative political behaviors.

      The Arab world “has long being characterized by its Orientalizers,
      past and present, as not only lacking in civility but also in
      public-ness and public-ity.”(Seteney Shami, 2009: 14). Is there an
      “Arab Public Sphere”? Does it conform to the Habermasian model? Or
      else, it is a post-Bourgeois model? Is it different from the public
      sphere of the North? Or else, an exemplary instance of what Gayatri
      Spivak calls the “Feudal North-in-the-South”? The aftermath of the
      Arab Spring exposes conflicting “communities of interpretation” with
      the rise of the Islamist tide in the region. The public articulation
      of religion and particularly its relationship with the arts have
      recently been subject to more thorough reflection in public debate.
      Many Arabs today consider modernity a fortress to be defended against
      religious extremism. Such reaction brings into play the risk of
      another kind of fundamentalism, that of modernity itself –or at least,
      the Arab version of modernity. “However, must we not look at a similar
      impasse from the other side, too?” asks Habermas, “[i]s a learning
      process only necessary on the side of religious traditionalism and not
      on that of secularism, too?”

      We invite scholars from around the world to join the debate and offer
      elements of reflection on the various problematics related to the
      following proposed panels:

      - Theatre/performance studies and public sphere theories
      - The role of theater and performance in the public sphere
      - The Performance of protest in/and the “transnational public sphere”
      - Shifting terms of public debates in post-Arab-Spring: morality,
      community, and theatre
      - Religion, spirituality, performance and/in the public sphere
      - Religious mobilization and the “theatrical public sphere”

      Arabic, English, French: simultaneous interpreting in all panel sessions

      - Keynote presentations by leading practitioners and scholars
      - Round tables with guest speakers from the fields of performance and academy
      - Paper sessions for debate and dialogue
      - Performances
      - Creative installations
      - Workshops
      - Emerging scholars panel
      - Public events
      - Receptions and gala dinners
      - Book launches
      - Exhibitions
      - Networking
      - Granting opportunities
      - Publication of select papers

      Submission: a 250 word abstract (specific to the above issues) along
      with a one paragraph curriculum vitae, should be submitted
      electronically by 31 January 2013 to the scientific committee in care
      of Professor Khalid Amine, Conference Convener (khamine55@...,
      Tél/Fax: (212) 5393330466, Portable: 0664596791)

      View/download/print full CFP:

      Conferences hosted by the International Centre for Performance Studies
      (ICPS) – Tangier

      ICPS conferences/publishing founded by Fulbrighters and supported by
      dozens of Fulbrighters (to Morocco and to USA)

      ICPS / CMI publishing program, featuring "No Man's Land" and "Moroccan Arabic"


      George F Roberson, PhD
      Capitol Hill - Denver, Colorado USA

      Geography Human Dimensions Research Group -- University of Massachusetts-Amherst
      Fulbright Scholar -- Morocco


      Partners for International Collaboration and Education (PICE)
      George F Roberson, Chair