Lebanon: Call for Participation Announced

IN-flux, IN-stability, IN-sensitivity:

The Struggle of Performance in the Arab World

Part of the Global PSi 2015 event: FLUID STATES - Performances of UnKnowing


Byblos/Beirut Lebanon: Lebanese American University Campus


                             3 – 5 December 2015

Outline of the event:

December 18 2010 marks a historic event in the Middle East. The Arab Spring brought a vast movement of both violent and non-violent demonstrations in the Arab region. History has always contained times of unrest in the MENA area but none as global as the Arab Spring. How has this movement affected the region and more particularly ‘art’ in the region? The answer to this question is one the conference addresses through paper presentations and panel discussions. We invite papers and discussions which reflect on the impact that these political and infrastructural developments are having on performances and performers, and the ways in which both performers and scholars understand performance structures in political, ethnic and cultural terms


Call for participation:

The call for papers, panels, roundtables, and non-conventional forms of presentations (including performative papers, performances, and workshops) will be on 1 February 2015 and all abstracts are to be submitted electronically by 1 April 2015. Notification of acceptance will be on 1 May 2015. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed.


We will invite papers, panels, roundtables, and non-conventional forms of presentations that examine themes such as:

  • How the Arab Spring effect art and performance in the region
  • The function/role of art in such tumultuous times
  • How the exceptional circumstances are enacting upon the body
  • Forms performance acts and actions are art are taking
  • Implications of these acts/actions on our thinking
  • Ways in which the Arab Spring events are shifting the presence and visibility of performance in the region
  • How performance provides a means of recreation, empowerment, support, protest, display, provocation, pleasure or entertainment in the various locations and situations in the MENA region

The call for participation will be circulated through international dance and performance networks such as CORD, SDHS and WDA, through the Fluid States network, as well as personal networks globally with a specific focus on encouraging participation from Middle Eastern artists and academics.


The call for Local and Visiting Correspondents is also now available here.



The deadline for early bird registration will be on 1 October 2015, the deadline for all registrations will be 1 November 2015.


Fee: 250 USD




Dr Nadra Assaf, Lebanese American University



Dr Rose Martin, The University of Auckland


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