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[ecrea] Documenting Performance book - call for chapter proposals

Sat Jul 18 08:52:21 GMT 2015

I am currently working on a new book under contract with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, which will have global publication and distribution. The book is entitled Documenting Performance: The Context and Processes of Digital Curation and Archiving and this is a call for chapters from potential contributors.

The book aims brings together a number of writings about the ways performance is documented and issues arising out of the process of documenting performance. While theorists have argued that performance becomes something else whenever it is documented, the documents themselves cannot be regarded simply as incomplete remains from live events. The methods for preserving and managing them over time, ensuring easy access of such materials in systematic archives and collections, requires professional attention in its own right. Through the process of documenting performance, artists acquire a different perspective on their own work, audiences can recall specific images and sounds for works they have witnessed in person, and others who did not see the original work can trace the memories of particular events, constructing their own viewpoint on them or using them to gain an understanding of something that would otherwise remain unknown to them and their peers.

We are particularly keen to receive proposals for chapters on the following subjects, along with others related to the general theme, as long as the process of documenting performance is a central part of the contribution:

  *   Circus archives
  *   Digital literacy in the context of performance
  *   Documenting acts of the body
  *   Documenting aspects of performance outside the performance space
  *   Documenting choreography
  *   Documenting dance outside choreographic practice
  *   Documenting music beyond scores and recording
  *   Documenting performance in a time of social media
  *   Documenting performance in the context of memory studies
  *   Drawing/painting as a way to document performance
  *   Motion capture technology as a technique for documenting performance
  *   The issues raised by photography as a means to document performance
  *   Video annotation
  *   Web archiving and performance arts

Please send your 300-500 word proposal/abstract to (t.sant /at/ by 15 September 2015. Notification of decision on proposals will be made by 1 October 2015.

Contributions will be for chapters that are up to 6,000 words long, which need to be submitted to me by 15 December 2015.

Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or require clarification on whether your potential contribution may be appropriate for this book.

Thank you,

Toni Sant

Reader in Digital Curation

School of Drama, Music & Screen
University of Hull – Scarborough Campus
Filey Road, Scarborough YO11 3AZ

Email: (t.sant /at/

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