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Subject:

Drama Theory Conference 7-8 July 2000

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[log in to unmask] (James BRYANT\(SBS\))

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[log in to unmask] (James BRYANT(SBS))

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Thu, 09 Mar 2000 17:33:36 +0000

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Hello,
Please find below (and also attached, to print out for your noticeboard) an
invitation for you or your colleagues to join us at the next drama theory
conference this July in London.
Jim

P.S. We are keen to involve as wide an audience as possible, crossing
disciplinary boundaries, so please forward to any mailing lists of relevant
people, with apologies for cross-posting.  Thanks.
##########################################

Announcement and call for contributions 

The Third International Symposium on
DRAMA THEORY and CONFRONTATION ANALYSIS
held under the auspices of the Conflict Research Society



Dates: 		7-8 July 2000
Location: 	Birkbeck College, London



Come to learn about and contribute to this radical new approach to:
cooperation
confrontation
conflict resolution, and
human interaction!


The aims of the 2-day meeting are to offer a critical overview of the
state-of-the-art in the rapidly expanding arena of drama theory and to explore
its many  applications through presentations, 'live' analysis and discussion. 
The symposium will benefit from contributions from key figures involved in the
development of theory and practice, as well as from proponents of alternative
approaches.

The symposium will provide an introduction to the field for those who know
little or nothing about drama theory as well as offering skilled practitioners
an opportunity to share their experiences with the approach.

While the symposium is planned as a 2-day event,  it will be possible for
people to attend just on the Friday or the Saturday and the final programme
will be produced with this in mind 



Where is drama theory being used?

Peace-keeping is one big area of application of drama theory. Both the U.K.
Ministry of Defence and the U.S. Department of Defense are researching
command-and-control systems for confronting non-compliant parties in theatres
like Bosnia.  There's a need to change hearts and minds so as to get ethnic
groups to live peaceably together.   Northern Ireland is another arena that
will be discussed in this light.   One half-day at the symposium will be
devoted to this.

Another area of application is mergers, acquisitions and alliances between
firms. Most such ventures fail because it's so hard to get companies with
different cultures to cooperate. Yet cross-cultural alliances are needed. 
We'll have a half-day to discuss them.

There are lots of other applications we can talk about, from personal
relationships through politics and economics to literature.

Why is the drama theory approach so different, promising great things?

Game theory is the general, rationalistic approach to interaction, that
includes economics as a subset. It has no rival for rigour and generality. 
Rigour and  generality are needed. The trouble is, game theory is wrong.

Drama theory extends game theory by analysing a game not for solutions, but for
dilemmas. These are rigorously-defined paradoxes of cooperation that cause
emotion in players, leading them to to rationalise redefinitions of the game
situation such as to eliminate the dilemmas. This is the process of conflict
resolution, driven by emotion and rational debate as well as by instrumental
rationality.   The metaphor of drama is used instead of game-playing because
this is a rigorous, general theory that shows how individuals and groups change
and adopt new values and beliefs due to the emotions engendered by their
interacting together.

Confrontation analysis is a technique for applying drama theory to ongoing
problems. Another off-shoot of the approach is immersive briefing, a way of
generating role-plays that reflect the problems of trying to get cooperation in
particular situations.

We'll have a half-day on theory and a half-day on methods for applying theory
to real situations.

If you've done or are contemplating work in this or in related areas, come and
tell us about it.  If you're interested, come and learn.

To register your contribution or interest please contact Jim Bryant at the
address below by.  Abstracts (100 words maximum) of contributions (including
proposals for activities or discussion sessions) are required by 30 April 2000.

Final costings have not been established, but it is expected that the day
charge will be held to as little as #15 per head.  Lunches and accommodation
are not included!   A programme and registration form will be available in
early May and will be sent to all who enquire.  

For all further information contact:
Jim Bryant (Professor of Operational Research & Strategy Sciences)
Change Management Research Centre
Sheffield Business School
Sheffield, S1 1WB
U.K.

Mail:	[log in to unmask]	Tel: 	+44 (0) 114 225 5155


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Jim Bryant (Professor of Operational Research & Strategy Sciences)
Change Management Research Centre
Sheffield Business School
Sheffield Hallam University
City Campus
Sheffield
S1 1WB
U.K.

[log in to unmask]
Tel: +44 (0) 114 225 5155
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