Thursday, December 12, 2019

Call for Papers: The 8th Annual Koç University Archaeology and History
of Art Graduate Research Symposium - Performance: Actors, Objects,
by Alev Berberoglu
*Performance: Actors, Objects, Spaces*
*Call for Papers - The 8th Annual Koç University Archaeology and History of
Art Graduate Research Symposium *

*Application Deadline:* 31 December 2019, Tuesday

Koç University’s Department of Archaeology and History of Art (ARHA) is
pleased to announce its 8th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, which
will be held on 26 March 2020 at Koç University’s Research Center for
Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), located in Beyoğlu, Istanbul.

The symposium titled* Performance: Actors, Objects, Spaces *aims to
investigate various manifestations of artistic and cultural acts revolving
around performance in order to discuss their enduring prevalence and trace
their nuances in different spatial, temporal, social, and personal contexts.
Outcomes of performances as employed in building identity, constructing
gender, expressing self, and defining community will be analyzed.* *Our
definition of performance is broad: it embraces the sacred and the secular,
the social and the personal, and the spectacular and the quotidian. Moreover,
performativity, or the interdependent relationship between words and actions,
emerges as a topic of interest in this framework, owing to its reflections in
the arts.

This symposium seeks to bring together a diverse range of perspectives and
disciplines concerned with a span of subjects, areas and periods of research
converging around the theme of performance in the arts and culture. Paper
topics may include, but are not limited to:

 * Depictions of performance
 * Performance and space
 * Performance, architecture, and urban planning
 * State power, theatricality, ceremonies, and processions
 * Imperial and military performances
 * Sacred performances, rites, and rituals
 * Performing identities
 * Performing culture
 * Performativity in arts
 * Gender as performance
 * Performing arts, theatre, dance, spectacles
 * Performing music, musicians, musical instruments
 * Memory and performance
 * Documenting performances
 * Staging and restaging performances
 * Self-expression through performance
 * Intangible cultural heritage and performance
 * Performativity in museum studies

Students of archaeology, art history, history, cultural heritage, museum
studies and related fields are invited to present research related to
Anatolia and its neighboring regions, including the Mediterranean, Aegean,
Black Sea, the Balkans, the Levant and the Ancient Near East, from the
earliest prehistoric times through the Bronze and Iron Ages, the Classical,
Byzantine and Ottoman periods, and into contemporary times.

All graduate students are encouraged to apply, including M.A. and Ph.D.
students at any stage of their studies. The conference will be held in
English, but we are open to accepting presentations and posters in both
English and Turkish. Applicants should submit a 250-word abstract by 31
December 2019 to [1]. Applicants will be notified of
their acceptance by the middle of January. For other questions, please
contact [2] or visit [3] and [4].

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