Orality, Theatricality, Performativity: An International Conference


April 25, 2019 - April 26, 2019 - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, UP Diliman

On 25 and 26 April 2019, UP DSCTA is holding an International Conference on Orality, Theatricality, Performativity as the culminating event of its 60th-anniversary celebration.

This international academic gathering is an attempt to map the development of the disciplines of speech communication and theatre arts in the country. At the same time, it is an endeavor to reflect how far have the local contexts engaged in meaningful conversations with the international academic communities. Finally, the academic gathering is intended to interrogate and problematize the future of the disciplines in the Philippines.

Performance studies is a paradigm that both the disciplines of theatre and speech communication share. When the discipline of theatre studies morphed into performance studies in the 1980s, two dominant academic traditions emerged: one is the intermarriage of theatre and anthropology and the other is the intermarriage of speech and drama. The former is a paradigm that Richard Schechner and Victor Turner formalized and institutionalized in New York University, while the latter is a paradigm developed by communication scholar Dwight Conquergood in Northwestern University.

Several institutions and centers on performances studies worldwide were founded following the institutionalization of performance studies as a formal discipline: Center for Performance Research in the Wales, United Kingdom, Center for Hispanic Performances in Mexico City, to name a few.

Coming from this background, the department feels the responsibility to engage the theatre arts and speech communication divisions in a convivial conversation and dialogue.

The colloquium is the initial step in this contrapuntal and convivial conversation.

Keynote speakers include Rustom H. Bharucha, PhD (Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India), Vicente L. Rafael, PhD (Giovanni and Anne Costigan Professor of History and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Washington in Seattle), and Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio (University Professor Emeritus, University of the Philippines, and National Artist of the Philippines for Theatre).

Plenary speakers include Steven Patrick C. Fernandez, DFA (Graduate Coordinator, Culture and Arts, MSU – Iligan Institute of Technology), Cecilia S. De La Paz, PhD (Professor, Department of Art Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman), Roselle V. Pineda (PhD in Creative Arts (Candidate), University of Wollongong, Australia), Jose S. Buenconsejo, PhD (Associate Professor, College of Music, University of the Philippines Diliman), Ricardo G. Abad, PhD (Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ateneo de Manila University), Josefina F. Estrella (Professor, Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts, University of the Philippines Diliman), Monica F. A. Santos (Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of the Philippines Diliman), Jerry C. Respeto, PhD (Professor, School of Humanities, Ateneo De Manila University), Teresa Paula S. De Luna, PhD (Associate Professor, Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts, University of the Philippines Diliman), Nikki B. Carsi Cruz, PhD (Professor, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Ateneo de Manila University), Norma A. Respicio, PhD (Professor Emeritus, Department of Art Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman), Paolo T. Amascual (Faculty, University of the Philippines Visayas), Amado Guinto (Faculty, MSU – Iligan Institute of Technology), and more.

Detailed program will be disseminated soon.

For queries and other details, contact (02) 981-8500 loc 2133 and/or dscta-otp2019-upd@up.edu.ph

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