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Performance Studies international issues call for papers

PSi 16 Performing Publics (Performance Studies international annual conference) has issued a call for papers, panels, and “shifts” for its conference to be held June 9 to 13, 2010.

The conference will investigate the power of performance to intervene in, reshape, and reinvigorate the public sphere at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

The conference will be staged during Toronto's annual Luminato Festival, and will provide several opportunities for participants to experience and reflect on its dynamic arts programming.

Proposals are invited for “shifts” – innovative session formats that push the boundaries of the well-constructed panel. These may include workshops, performances, and interactive events. The deadline for submission is November 1, 2009.

Proposals for papers and panels are due November 15, 2009.

All proposals should be submitted online by filling out the PSi 16 "Proposal Form" at:

Questions about the conference can be directed to:

...partly because I know that’s the only way that we could solve a creative problem [using improvisation with children ranging in abilities] and what doesn’t work is trying to impose a template on the students who are not able to respond to that template.

– Pauline Oliveros (in working with Abilities First)