XII International Conference of Indian Society for Theatre Research

14 July, 2015


XII International Conference of

Indian Society for Theatre Research

(In association with International Federation for Theatre Research)


Organized by

Directorate of Art & Culture,Govt. of Goa

Sanskruti Bhawan (House of Culture)

Patto, Panji



                                                                                     28-30 January 2016                    


Interactivity and Performance Practice: Local and Global Paradigms


Call for Papers


[Open for scholars, researchers and practitioners of

Theatre, dance, music, media and otherrelated disciplines]


Stakes of the fourth wall in performance practice have emerged as significant paradigms of discourses in performance studies in recent decades.Interactivity refers to the participation of audience in a performance before, during and after the performance by way of different functions like acting, managing the props, soliciting opinion on the plot/story, pre-performance preparation, dialogues, dance, music, stage design etc. Interactivity leads to more inclusive performance practice wherein along with the traditional theatre practices, amateur theatre, dance, music and stagecraft too receive space. This interactivity has remained the hallmark of the audience-response and audience-centred theory and practice in the performances. India has a range of traditional as well as contemporary performance practices which signify the stakes of fourth wall. The colonial period witnessed a resurgence of interactivity in the traditional folk performances while mobilising the masses in the freedom movement. Similarly post-colonial construction of the nation has witnessed enrichment and engendering of performance practices which have redefined and rediscovered the power of interactivity in a performance. Street theatre is one such example.  Folklore, mythology, politics, ideology, protest, activism and education are innately associated with the interactivity as the guiding principles as well as the end to achieve.The contemporary scenario of interactivity in performance practice in India calls for theorising and scrutiny of studies. The Conference is aimed to assess, revisit and replenish the perspectives on interactivity and performance practice in India and other contexts.

Abstracts in not more than 300 words are invited on but not limited to the following issues:

  • History of Interactivity in Performance Practice In India
  • Contemporary scenario of interactivity in performance practice in India
  • Forum Theatre
  • Invisible Theatre
  • Children’s Theatre
  • Puppet Theatre
  • Clown Theatre
  • Readers’ Theatre
  • Therapeutic Theatre
  • Street Theatre
  • Role of Interactive Theatre in Activism and Awareness
  • Dance and Music Performances and Interactivity
  • Stage and Interactivity
  • Theatre of the Oppressed
  • Folk Performance and Interactivity
  • Superfluity in Participatory Theatre
  • Counter-productive Effects of Interactivity
  • Interactivity is a challenge for classical performance practice

We welcome proposals for general conference and for the Research Scholars’ Forum dealing with the subject. Papers must be no longer than twenty (20) minutes. Research Scholars may also submit short proposals for 10-minute papers on their research for presentation in specially organized sessions. All proposals should contain: author; title; around 300 words abstract in the following format:

Title of the Abstract

Presenting Author, Second Author, Corresponding Author*

(name of the supervisor should not be included)


First 2-3 sentences of the abstract should highlight the prior work and need of the study. One or two sentences should highlight the objectives of the studies. Next 4-5 sentences should be related to the methods employed various research protocols followed by display of key research findings in a succinct form. One or two sentences for a brief discussion will be appreciated. The final part should be an attempt to conclude the research. The abstract should not exceed 300 words in total.


Key words: Provide 4-5 key words for the research



Mention intended audience [i.e., General Conference, or Research Scholars Forum]; indication of technical facilities; brief biographical note of the author (not more than 150 words); full postal address; fax number and e-mail-address. All proposals should be sent at istr.str@gmail.com only. The abstract will be accepted after scrutiny to avoid substandard and irrelevant presentations.

Conference Venue:  

The conference will take place at the beautiful campus of Kala Academy in Panjim, the capitol town of Goa. Kala Academy Goa, the premiere institute acting in the field of Art & Culture has been doing Yeoman's Service in identifying,nurturing and promoting art. Thus, it has evolved as centre of various forms of art. Ever since its inception, it has been bedrock of huge number of activities and programmes organized across various fields and discipline of art to fructify the goals and aim of this institute. Since the period of conference will fall during the peak tourist season, it is advised that the tickets (for international as well as national journey) should be booked in advance. Goa is well connected international and nationally by rail, road and air.



  1. a.Submission of abstracts:               31 October 2015(abstracts will not be accepted after this date)
  2. b.Acceptance30 November 2015
  3. c.Early10 January 2016


ISTR Conference Fee: (for 3 days conference)

  1. a.Early registration
    1. National participants:                                      INR 3000
    2. Research Students                                         INR 1000
    3. b.Late Registration (after 15 December 2014)
      1. National participants:                                INR 4000
      2. Research Students                                   INR 1500
    4. c.International Participants (upon arrival)           USD 150
  • Payment method will be informed after the acceptance of the abstract.
  • International participants can make their payment in Indian currency upon arrival also. There is no late registration for them.


Note-1:            Conference Fee includes conference kit, access to all conference events, cultural events and theatre shows, boarding in moderate accommodation on sharing basis for 4 nights including breakfast, lunch and dinner (Arrival 27 January and departure 31 January – 4 nights only), coffee and snacks during conference and other courtesy special events.


  • There are several hotels and guest houses throughout Goa; however, the organizers are in process of negotiating the best prices in the hotel in close vicinity of the conference venue, if you do not want to stay in the official accommodation.
  • Although, Panji(the capital of Goa) is well connected byair, rail, buses, etc., and the taxis are available from every part of the town at all hours of the day, conference organizers are still working out the best suitable airport and railway pickups. A separate notification will be circulated as soon as it is finalized.
  • A day tour of City of Panji could also be organized on extra payment. A separate notification will be circulated in due course of time.


Financial Logistics:

Due to lack of financial support, ISTR is not in position to provide any kind of financial support towards the travel cost to national and international participants, however, the efforts are being made to help the research scholars and students to the maximum possible ways, which will be announced soon.


Conference Coordinators


Mr. Prasad Lolyekar.                                                  Dr. Vibha Sharma      

Director. Art and Culture                                            Gen. Secretary (ISTR)

Govt. of Goa                                                             Associate Professor, Dept. of English,

Mobile no.  9850937193                                             Aligarh Muslim University

email: dir-dac.goa@nic.in                                           Email: vibz_s@yahoo.co.in

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