Global Flows, Resistance and Performance


Global Flows, Resistance and Performance

UCSB Department of Theater and Dance’s 1st Annual Graduate


Saturday May 6th 2017

University of California Santa Barbara

Call for Papers


We are currently experiencing worldwide social and political movements of extreme

conservativism and isolation on the one hand and liberalism and multiculturalism on the

other. This graduate symposium will explore the influences and reactions of these

extremes and how art and performance can be employed to respond to this dichotomy.

Papers can respond to a variety of global concerns,  including the significance of political

rhetoric, the need for activist communities, and the various iterations that conservative

or liberal movements might take. Our emphasis is on transnational perspectives of how

and why ideas cross and re-cross borders and communities. What are the implications

of these polarizing ideas in communities of diversity and diaspora? What role does art

and performance play in disseminating ideas and countering opinions?


We seek diverse, interdisciplinary voices and encourage proposals for performances,

digital humanities projects, and other creative engagement practices.


Abstract Submissions:

Please submit a bio that includes name,  institutional affiliation,  and area of study along with a 250 word abstract to Hala Baki ( by February 25, 2017

Graduate students, faculty and practicing artists are encouraged to submit

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 11th

Keynote Address Edward Ziter, Associate Professor of Drama, New York University