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[ecrea] cfp - Creative Practice Research in the Age of Neo-Liberal Hopelessness

Fri Mar 09 11:45:04 GMT 2018

*CALL FOR PAPERS - CALL FOR PAPERS - Creative Practice Research in the Age of Neo-Liberal Hopelessness*

We are reminding you of our conference to take place between 10-12^th  May 2018 focusing on the importance of practice research in generating knowledge. *The deadline for submissions is 20^th  March* at midnight and we invite all academics, artists and creative people to join us. We will look at the links between practice and theory – and theory and practice.

The conference will take place at our Luton campus which as you know is 22 short minutes from London. Our keynote speakers are Professor *Catherine Grant*, Birkbeck, University of London, who has moved from the traditional scholarship to video essay making, and Professor *Thomas Elsaesser,* Columbia University, who after a life time of acclaimed books and papers, has turned his hand to making of a personal documentary featuring his family’s archive. In the spirit of transdisciplinarity, we have also invited the newly elected Chair of TAPRA (the Theatre and Performance Research Association), Professor *Roberta Mock*, who will talk about her practice research as a stand up comedian, and a performer involved now in film too. We have quite amazing theorists and practitioners coming already and bringing forth their films, their radical writing, their political thinking, their video essays and academic papers.

Why did they decide include practice in their work? What have they learnt that they can share?  Can a theorist analyse practice and how? Can a practitioner generate theories and how? What is the relationship between traditional knowledge and artistic research and professional practice? To what extent can creative practice research tap into areas of experience unavailable to traditional patriarchal scholarship?  Do first person narratives unveil profound knowledge even though they are deeply subjective? In film, can practice research move beyond a narrow discussion of the filmmaking practices into discussion on philosophy, ethics and gender?  What do we learn through creative practice research that we cannot get at through ordinary routes? What is the relationship between ‘high’ theory and practice then? We will be hoping to tackle these and other questions.

I will be screening my feature film /Escape /made in a collaborative partnership in Zimbabwe and sharing with the participants what I have learnt from the process.//

Whilst being aware of the pressures of forthcoming REF which defines research as any pursuit which is, ‘a process of investigation leading to new insights, effectively shared’ ( <>), we are also hoping that the conference will open a space for a generative dialogue about the importance of creative practices as a site of progress and resistance.

We also want to consider the importance of individual reflection vis-à-vis the work one creates, echoing the feminist poet Adrienne Rich’s thought on the personal and creative work:

We are, I am, you are

by cowardice or courage
the one who find our way
back to this scene
carrying a knife, a camera
a book of myths
in which
our names do not appear.

/From Diving into the Wreck: Poems 1971–1972 /

Theorists and practitioners from all  fields and disciplines are welcome.  We invite individual papers of about 20 minutes, pre-constituted panels of 3 members plus a respondent as well as workshops and other forms of screenings and performance.

We will kick off in the evening of Thursday 10^th  of May with the screening of *Professor Elsaesser’s* film and then carry on Friday 11^th  and Saturday 12^th  May.

We invite filmmakers, writers, scholars, practitioner scholars as well as theorists and performers to have a couple of days of remembering why creativity matters even in today’s grim climate.  The conference fee is £140 to include coffee breaks, lunches and a wine reception. PhD students register at £75 with the proof of their status. Please email me at the above address or at (agnieszka.piotrowska /at/ <mailto:(agnieszka.piotrowska /at/> or  contact my wonderful PhD student Priyanka Verma on (priyanka.verma /at/ <mailto:(priyanka.verma /at/>  before *20th March 2018.*

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