DRHA 2008: New Communities of Knowledge and Practice

*Registration Open and Programme Announced*

The DRHA conference is held annually at various academic venues throughout the UK. The conference theme this year is to promote discussion around new collaborative environments, collective knowledge and redefining disciplinary boundaries. The conference, hosted by Cambridge will take place from Sunday 14th September to Wednesday 17th September.

Visit the Conference website at http://www.rsd.cam.ac.uk/drha08/ for
information on registration. Keynote talks will be given by:

* Sher Doruff, Research Fellow (Art, Research and Theory Lectoraat)
and Mentor at the Amsterdam School for the Arts
* Alan Liu, Professor of English, University of California Santa Barbara
* Sally Jane Norman, Director of the Culture Lab, Newcastle University.

Plus round table discussions, a panel relating to 'Second Life' and a
special forum on 'Engaging research and performance through pervasive
and locative arts projects' together with an open discussion led by
Steve Benford, Professor of Collaborative Computing, University of
Nottingham. There will be particular emphasis on interdisciplinary
collaboration and theorising around practice. Installations and
performances will focus on the same theme.

The aim of the conference is to:

* Establish a site for mutually creative exchanges of knowledge.

* Promote discussion around new collaborative environments and collective knowledge.

* Encourage and celebrate the connections and tensions within the liminal spaces that exist between the Arts and Humanities.

* Redefine disciplinary boundaries.

* Create a forum for debate around notions of the ‘solitary’ and the collaborative across the Arts and Humanities.

* Explore the impact of the Arts and Humanities on ICT: design and narrative
structures and visa versa.

Cambridge’s venues range from the traditional to the contemporary all situated within walking distance of central departments, museums and galleries. Cambridge offers a state of the art digital audio production centre - the Centre for Music and Science - and a number of additional rooms, including a recital room and a ‘black box’ performance space, to cater for this year’s delegates’ parallel programming and performances.

The conference will be based at the Faculty of Music’s West Road site. West Road Concert Hall is situated on the Sidgwick Site, which is the main campus for the Arts & Humanities. It has been the focus for an extensive programme of new building and now exhibits some of Cambridge’s most important twentieth and twenty-first century architecture; an immediately contemporary setting in which to address the opportunities and challenges that digital technologies hold for the arts and humanities. In contrast, West Road is within walking distance of the historic ‘backs’ where the traditional side of Cambridge is best displayed.

Sue Broadhurst
DRHA Programme Chair
Dr Sue Broadhurst,
Reader in Drama and Technology,
Head of Drama,
School of Arts,
Brunel University,
West London,
Direct Line:+44(0)1895 266588
Extension: 66588
Fax: +44(0)1895 269768
Email: susan.broadhurst@brunel.ac.uk


DRHA08 is now taking submissions for papers and performances with a closing date of 30th April 2008. We have also confirmed our three keynote speakers. Please see the website for further information.
Tamsin Pert
Cambridge University