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Contribution Formats

We invite contributions in a range of alternative formats next to ‘standard’ academic paper presentations. In our view, thinking together in real time is what makes conferences worthwhile. We cherish interdisciplinary and intergenerational dialogue, and encourage the inclusion of voices, languages and practices, which are not commonly heard in academic conferences. And, in line with the alternative forms of intervention described above, we encourage problematization over polemics:

We invite submissions for contributions in the following formats:

1. Conference papers - 20 min
The organizers invite contributions for 20 minute conference presentations that address the conference themes.

2. “No paper” presentations - 15 min. or 90 min. panels

The organizers invite contributions for 15 minute presentations or full panel proposals for 90 minute panels. Presenters must not read out a paper written in advance. Other forms of visual aid (e.g. Powerpoint) to support their presentation are allowed. If submitting a proposal for the whole panel, add a 100 word description of the overall aim of the panel and the name of the primary contact along with contact information for all participants.  

3. “Doing together…watching in the midst of doing” workshop proposals - 90 min
The organizers invite proposals for 90 minute workshops. The majority of the session must involve the physical engagement of the participants in activities. The workshop can also involve acts of observation, or what Allan Kaprow called ‘watching in the midst of doing.’ We welcome workshop proposals that question what counts as ‘physical engagement,’ the nature of the relation between participation and observation, the active and the passive, and so forth.

4. Performance lectures - 20 min
The organizers invite proposals for 20 minute performance lectures. Combining thinking and doing, this format provides opportunities to foreground processes of knowledge creation, reflect on the act of learning, consider potential pedagogical affects made possible by nontraditional methods of teaching, and many more.

5. Re-enactment lectures - 15 min
Taking our cue from Robert Cantarella’s Faire le Gilles the organizers invite performance lectures that take the form of embodied re-enactments of the philosophers, theoreticians and performers that shape and move our thinking practices. We explicitly encourage re-enactments of female thinkers and philosophers. If the language of the performance is not English (which is encouraged!), make sure to provide an English translation. Please indicate in your abstract by what means you will distribute the translation and/or how you envision making it part of your performance.

6. Audio essays - 10 min
The organizers invite contributions that use archival audio material or other sonic sources, interviews, music to present a performative polyphony of voices. This format for presentations requires pre-recording and affords a different relationship to media and modes of presentation, acknowledging sonic performative aesthetics. For more information see the Audio Papers manifesto.

7. Children & parent dialogues - 15 min
The organizers invite contributions for dialogues/performances between academics and (their) children, thereby intervening in the habit of academia as a place for mature or adult voices. The dialogue/performance can be pre-recorded and involve film or audio, but preferably be live if the child/parent couple is available/able to travel. There is no minimum age limit, but the dialogue/performance must be a meaningful contribution to the conference theme. Contributions in all languages are welcome, but English translations have to be provided. Please state the ages of all participants in your abstract.


Brief interventions - 2 min
The organizers invite contributions that intervene in the formats described above. The intervention should respond to the theme of the conference. The constraint is that presenters use the standard technical equipment available in conferences (microphones, sound system, projector). Contributions for this format can be submitted in addition to submissions for any other format.

Requirements for contributions
Each submission should contain:
- a title of the presentation format of your choice
- name, addressm email contact information, institutional affiliations (if any)
- a 250-words abstract/outline
- a 100-words biography
- a specification of technical requirements. Please be aware that particularly complex technical/facilities requirements may not be able to be met by the conference.

N.B.: please check further requirements specific to each presentation format on our website. Please include your surname as the first word in the pdf-file name. Please do not send any additional documents beyond the material requested above.

Send your proposed contribution to: contributions@performancephilosophy-amsterdam.nl 
For questions, please email: info@performancephilosophy-amsterdam.nl