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Dr Ben Spatz
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Dr Ben Spatz
Centre for Psychophysical Performance Research Huddersfield University
Dr Francesca Placanica
Maynooth University
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Shane Byrne
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Dr Gordon Delap, Shane Byrne
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Maynooth University
31/03/2017 SYMPOSIUM
Maynooth University
 9 am-9 pm, South Campus
Maynooth University


Call for Papers and Performances

Embodied Monologues
Symposium — March 31, 2017
Maynooth University, Ireland

In recent years, the emergence of practice-based and performance-led research has generated dynamic, productive and provocative new forms of understanding in humanities scholarship. Knowledge and experience derived from embodied practices have done much to expand the epistemic fields centred on the body and its place in philosophy and aesthetics. Associated with these developments, topics such as voice, performativity and subjectivity have been transformed and have in turn reshaped contemporary political and social concerns, and questions of human rights, disabilities, inequality, gender, and racial and social segregation.

The emergence of movement philosophy and literature especially, as well as a greater emphasis on the performer’s body as predicated in contemporary theatre practices, has opened new pathways for research only recently applied to music performance. As the one and only dramatic figure in monologues and monodramas, the solo performer has unprecedented agency in the dramaturgy and enactment of the piece. Yet even in monodrama, a dramatic genre supposedly condensed into one stage figure, production and staging are still the result of multilayered processes and agencies.

Embodied Monologues seeks to generate responses and challenges to the idea of solo or ‘mono’ performance. What is the role of the intertextual, the multimedial, the intercorporeal in this mode of performance? According to Bakthin’s The Dialogic Imagination “the centripetal forces of the life of language, embodied in a unitary language, operate in the midst of heteroglossia”. In performance, monologues and monodramas demonstrate the dynamics of this notion, combining the individual and the collective, the solo and the dialogical in complex and revealing ways. The series will explore solo performance through practice and research across the humanities, investigating the multiple forces at work during the production and performative processes. Embodied Monologues aims to promote an interdisciplinary exchange among performers, researchers, and practitioners whose work is based primarily—however not exclusively—on solo performance.

Proposals are invited for individual papers, lecture recitals, research reports, posters, video-installations and specific sessions in any area of solo embodied or practice-led research. Deadline for abstract (maximum 300 words) and short bio (maximum 100 word) is January 9, 2017.

Symposium Registration is now open

Please, register here .

The 30-euro registration fee includes coffee breaks, lunch, a buffet wine reception, and a workshop offered by one of our invited speakers, Dr Róisín O’Gorman.

Symposium Organizer:

Francesca Placanica, Maynooth University Francesca.Placanica@nuim.ie

About the Symposium

The Embodied Monologues symposium will be held at Maynooth University, South Campus, from 8:30 am to 9 pm ca on 31 March 2017.

From Dublin Airport to Maynooth, please visit: airporthopper.ie ; the nearest stop to campus is the Last Stop, Maynooth bus terminus/train station.
To find your way around Maynooth University Campus and Maynooth town, please visit: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/campus-life/campus-map


A draft programme is available here

Keynote events:

Catherine Laws, Senior Lecturer, Department of Music University of York,
Senior Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent (BE)
Róisín O’Gorman, Lecturer in Drama & Theatre Studies, University College Cork


Does your jellyfish sing? Embodied exploration of the moving tentacles of breath, body, and voice, Róisín O’Gorman, University College Cork.


Christopher Morris, Professor of Music, Maynooth University;
Francesca Placanica, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Maynooth University;
Benjamin Spatz, Senior Lecturer in Drama Theatre and Performance, University of Huddersfield.

The Embodied Monologues research series and symposium are supported by the Society for Musicology in Ireland, Irish Research Council, the Centre for Psychophysical Performance Research at University of Huddersfield, and the Workshop and Conference Support Fund and the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy at Maynooth University.