Call for papers: OTHERHOOD / Circus and Identity Conference (Zagreb, Croatia)

After the successful “Women & Circus” in 2009 (which resulted in the book of the same title), and the intriguing “Magie Nouvelle” in 2012, this is the third big international conference project organised by Croatian association Mala performerska scena and within the scope of the Circus Information Centre activities. This meeting is made possible with the support of Ministry of Culture of Croatia and the City of Zagreb.

The concept of identity is always constructed in relation to the others. Be it identification with the others due to shared values and characteristics, or a contra-identification due to a need for differentiation, the others obviously always played a major role in this ongoing process.

The circus, with its inseparable nomadic lifestyle, artistic fantasy and non-standard internal politics, is a typical example of the Other, queer norm-breaker that is provoking the society’s rules, reality, and definition of stability. It is a micro-society of social outcasts, yet in the global surrounding – did the sense of community belonging change? How do the artists approach the subjects of gender, nation, class, religion, sexuality, race, freak? In their art, in their life? Are there outcasts among the Others too? Do we over-romanticize circus and its capacities of acceptance? How are the schools, the market, festivals supporting differences? In the shaken world of 21st century, which is witnessing enormous migrations of humankind due to political, economic and social reasons, how can circus use its historical and inalienable specificities to address the burning questions of an ever-changing society it reflects upon? How can the outsider’s mirror be relevant? Circus yesterday / circus today – what is it? Barnum pun intended.

“Otherhood: Circus and Identity” is an interdisciplinary conference that wants to address these and many more questions artists and scientists could raise together in the proposed spectrum.

The involvement of the accepted speakers/performers at the conference will be free of charge, and a limited number of travel supports will be available upon request.

Deadline: 20 September

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Source: On the Move member-organisation, Circostrada