Launched in 2014, the Circus and its Others research project explores the ways in which contemporary circus artists and companies relate to difference in their practice. The third Circus and its Others conference will be held at the University of California, Davis, on November 12-15, 2020. As with the previous two conferences (Montréal 2016, Prague 2018), the conference will run alongside a contemporary circus festival, involving both indoor, ticketed programming and a free outdoor activities.
A particular focus of CaiO 2020 is the interdisciplinarity of circus research and practice, putting into play foci of openness and inclusion. How can our ongoing inquiry be enriched by engaging directly with scholars and practitioners working in a wide range of fields? To that end, confirmed keynote speakers include Bojana Kunst, Professor at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies at the Justus-Liebig University in Gießen, Germany; André Lepecki, chair of New York University’s Department of Performance Studies; Jane Nicholas, associate professor of history at St. Jerome’s University, University of Waterloo; and Susan Nance, professor of history at the University of Guelph. For the 2020 conference, possible areas of inquiry might include, but need not be limited to: Circus and Subjectivity, Circus and Embodiment, Circus and Race, Circus and Animal Studies, Circus and Native American Studies/Circus and Indigeneity, Circus and Feminism, Circus and Queer Studies, Circus and Utopia, Circus and Science and Technology Studies, and Social Circus.
We invite 300- to 400-word proposals for 20-minute presentations. Please send proposals by April 15, 2020 to CircusOthersDavis2020@gmail.com. Please articulate clearly in your proposal if you plan to make a formal paper presentation or if as a practitioner/creator/researcher you wish to engage in a hybrid practice/talk/research/creation exploration.
Please see our website for more information: circusanditsothers.org