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[call for papers] THE REGIONAL CONFERENCE “STUDENT THEATRE AND POLITICAL ACTIVISM” / 24-26. mart / Zagreb

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THE REGIONAL CONFERENCE “STUDENT THEATRE AND POLITICAL ACTIVISM”
Student Centre of the University of Zagreb
March, 24th to 26th, 2010
Zagreb (Croatia)

During the last two decades the demand for active social and political engagement in art has become one of the most urgent ones. Reasons are many and diverse, from the ecological to antiglobalist ones, but they successfully summon artists from various fields. However, while conceptual, performance and video artists demonstrate strong political awareness and readiness, most of the theatre artists yield to the inertia of their field, reacting slowly, if at all. Can students change this? This conference seeks to provide a forum for the exchange of practices and experiences relating to social and political activism among student theatre groups at the university. Our aim is to analyse recent initiatives and reveal innovative approaches to theatre as a vehicle of social change and political statement.

The questions we ask are simple:
Does theatre has the power to make a change?
If so, do students recognize it?
Are they willing to use it?
Is there a need to use it?
What can we learn from other artistic practices?

The Conference will be held during Test!0 – International Student Theatre and Multimedia Festival (22nd – 27th March). It is open to all theatre practitioners and theoreticians (for example in the following fields: theatre studies, art history, sociology, film and media studies) who work with university students, university students and other participants eager to contribute to the development of social and political awareness among students at the university.

Please submit your presentation abstract (in Slavic languages and/or English, 250 words) and CV to: testzg.conference@gmail.com

Accommodation and travel info upon demand.