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Agôn journal (no.9)

Revue Agôn (n°9)

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Published on Friday, April 10, 2020 by Anastasia Giardinelli

Summary

The ongoing global health crisis, rather than overtaking the strike action in France and the UK, has instead highlighted social discriminations even further – exacerbated by its accompanying economical and existential difficulties. Indeed, public funding both for the health system in particular and research in general appears crucial to guarantee fair social policies. However, during the past decade, in research and teaching, as well as in the arts, circumstances have become very stringent: project funding, performance agreements, management via evaluation and performance indicators are more common than anytime before. The right to fail is thus obviously threatened by an ideology of success built by the neoliberal economy.

Announcement

Presentation

In its 9th issue, the online journal Agôn wants to investigate the concept of “failure” in performing arts – both as a process (“failing”) and as a result (“failure”).

The ongoing global health crisis, rather than overtaking the strike action in France and the UK, has instead highlighted social discriminations even further – exacerbated by its accompanying economical and existential difficulties. Indeed, public funding both for the health system in particular and research in general appears crucial to guarantee fair social policies. However, during the past decade, in research and teaching, as well as in the arts, circumstances have become very stringent: project funding, performance agreements, management via evaluation and performance indicators are more common than anytime before. The right to fail is thus obviously threatened by an ideology of success built by the neo-liberal economy.

In a world ruled by the demands of success, art is increasingly subjected to Market forces and artists seem forced to be successful and profitable. Where does this injunction come from? What are its consequences for careers, artistic research, production systems and the pedagogy of performing arts? What, now, is the role of “failure” and “failing”?

This volume will also explore the shapes of “failure” and “failing” in performance, as a basis for dramaturgy and set-design, or as a dialectic tool within creative processes.

From the beginning of the production process to the performance itself, in contemporary practices and performing arts history, this journal issue aims to question failing and failure both as heuristic tools and as aesthetical motifs.

Submission Guidelines

Anonymous abstracts (up to 3000 characters) have to be sent

before the 15th of May 2020

(in .odt or .doc format) with, in another document, a quick CV.

Abstract have to be sent to the following addresses:

  • estelle.baudou@classics.ox.ac.uk
  • aurelie.coulon@unistra.fr
  • quentin.rioual@psl.eu

Abstracts and articles can be in French or English.

Approvals: within the week of the 25th of May 2020

Articles: 30/10/2020

Publication: February 2021

Places

  • Paris, France (75)

Date(s)

  • Friday, May 15, 2020

Keywords

  • rater, raté, ratage, arts, accident, oubli, dramaturgie, scénographie, historiographie

Contact(s)

  • Quentin Rioual
    courriel : quentin [dot] rioual [at] psl [dot] eu

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Quentin Rioual
    courriel : quentin [dot] rioual [at] psl [dot] eu

To cite this announcement

« Failing », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Friday, April 10, 2020, https://calenda.org/772046

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