SIBMAS/TLA Conference, New York, NY, June 10-13, 2014

ASTR/TLA Conference, Baltimore, MD, November 20-23, 2014



Joint Conference of the International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts (SIBMAS) and Theatre Library Association

Body, Mind, Artifact: Reimagining Collections

June 10-13, 2014

John Jay College
City University of New York
524 West 59th Street
New York, New York

The programme is posted on the Conference website.

Registration is open now.

For additional information, please contact the Conference Co-Chairs: Nancy Friedland, Alan Jones



Joint Conference of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) and Theatre Library Association

November 20-23, 2014

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, Maryland

TLA Plenary - The Paradox of the Post-Human: Archival Subjects, Systems, and Sites

Archival methodologies seek to re-construct the theatrical past through interventions by scholars, practitioners, librarians, and archivists. The archive is re-animated through human intervention, but first the ephemerality of performance is fixed in time through the creation of archival surrogates. Inert materials populate the temporal space previously inhabited by theatre makers and their documentarians. Some ensemble companies like the Wooster Group deliberately engage these proxies in performance, while others like the Studio for Electronic Theatre re-position theatre makers through avatars and cybernetic art.

This panel invites papers that investigate the paradox of the post-human in the broadening spectrum of archival subjects, systems, and sites. What do these archival subjects tell us about human culture? How are archival sites constructed in the digital age? What new challenges and opportunities are posed by multimedia, digital content and information systems? How do these information systems operate? Where do individual or institutional memories reside, and what technologies can best support them?

Panelists will address the following:

Archival Subjects

  • Virtuality, avatars, digital doubles, and surrogates
  • Cybernetic theatre/Non-Human presence/Internet performance
  • Agency of things: props, puppets, and proxies

Archival Systems

  • Repositioning the human in a system of information, as subject, agent, and arbiter
  • Virtual archives
  • Genealogies of multimedia performance

Archival Sites

  • “Post-human” archival experience
  • Human finding aids and institutional knowledge
  • Community (user) contributors: tagging and distributed processing by those outside the profession

Plenary Co-Chairs: Colleen Reilly, Slippery Rock University; Lisbeth Wells-Pratt, University of Georgia


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