Spectatorship and Audience Research: Modes of Reception Beyond, Through, and Between Disciplines
Convenors: Cassandra Silver, Jenny Salisbury, Scott Mealey, and Kelsey Jacobson
(from the original call for papers)
Spectatorship and audience research offers a unique bridge between multiple performance disciplines. In studying audiences, we can ask fresh questions about the nature of performance itself and what constitutes the act of spectatorship across areas as diverse as film, museum studies, gaming, sports, and politics. Emma Keltie insists, for instance, that in considering the relationships between performance and audience, “it is essential to examine the links between power, structure, agency, the culture industry as an institution of ideological reproduction and the agentic possibilities of audience engagement” (2017, 13). Accordingly, in this seminar, we will aim to explore how we might approach spectatorship as a field of study in an increasingly diverse range of media modalities.Potential topics for consideration include:
At our session, participants will share their perspective on multi-disciplinary spectatorship in any of the fields of performance, theatre, sport, politics, fan culture, gaming, film, etc. in short (500-750 word) presentations, followed by targeted small-group discussions responding to the presentations.