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The Audience Through Time – day conference at QM

July 18, 2011

Call For Papers: The Audience Through Time Conference

Keynote Speaker: Professor Tracy C. Davis, Barber Professor of Performing Arts, Northwestern University

Saturday December 3rd 2011

9am – 6.30pm (followed by drinks reception)

Arts Building, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End, E1 4NS

CFP Deadline: September 16th 2011


How have audiences changed through time? Can contemporary theatre spectatorship inform how we understand audiences throughout history? How does historiographic research on audiences relate to present cultures of spectatorship? Using theatre as the core, but not only, focus of discussion, this conference will consider spectatorship across history.



To institute an interdisciplinary dialogue around audiences and spectatorship, particularly in relation to theatre

– To bring together those who specialise in historiographical audience research with scholars of the contemporary.

– To look at the cultural construction of the audience across history from a variety of viewpoints, including the literary text.


Keynote Speaker : Professor Tracy C. Davis

Tracy C. Davis is a specialist in performance theory, theatre historiography, and research methodology. She edits the book series Cambridge Studies in Theatre and Performance Theory.


Chairperson: Dr Bridget Escolme

Bridget Escolme researches and teaches historical theatre and its contemporary production, particularly early modern drama and the ways in which original and current staging practices produce space and subjectivity.


Confirmed Papers:

Anna Kretschmer – The female spectator in the eighteenth-century theatrical space

Christine Twite – A “Classic repeat” Audience?: Ibsen’s Ghosts or Those Who Return and contemporary cultures of spectatorship


If you have a paper which you’d like to be considered please read the following, put the required information into a word document, attach and send to by September 16th


* Please submit your abstracts (500 words maximum) with a 50 word summary of the abstract.

* Papers should be 20 minutes long, and will be followed by 10 minutes of questions.

* Powerpoint and other AV resources are available; please state clearly the technical requirements of your paper.

* Please include a biography (up to 50 words, including your contact website/email if you wish), your full name, title, area of research and institution of study.

* If you have any further questions, please do also contact us on the above email.

* Please also see our website, If you would like your details to be included on our website (such as personal blog, profile etc) please send us any relevant information.


On-line registration for the conference will open in August, please check our website for more details.



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