CFP African and Afro-Caribbean Theatre and Performance Working Group

04 November, 2015

Call for Papers

African and Afro-Caribbean Theatre and Performance Working Group

International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) Conference,

 Stockholm, Sweden, 13-17 June 2016

The African and Caribbean Theatre and Performance (ACTP) Working Group will meet during the forthcoming IFTR conference in Sweden from 13-17 June 2016.

For our 2016 meeting, we continue to call for papers on the theme, “Theatre and Performance in African/Caribbean Cultures of Democracy.” By cultures of democracy we refer to that which links ideas and practices of democracy to the cultural domain of human life, i.e., to the matrices of human interaction in which signifying (especially, creative-expressive) practices inform and facilitate how people make, shape and understand the world around them. How, for instance, does theatre and performance (including the power relations and structures within theatre and performance making itself) replicate, reinvent, represent, reinforce, challenge or undermine democratic ideas and practice in African and Caribbean societies? We anticipate that proposed papers will explore theatre and performance in Africa and the Caribbean as key aspects of the cultural domain in which democracy is defined: as important sites where the scope and meanings of inclusion, marginalization, representation, access, political legitimacy, power, authority, control, censorship, freedom, voice, rights, etc. are contested, negotiated or consolidated within/against the frameworks of beliefs, values, traditions, customs, conventions, and/or protocols. Papers are welcome from within and across disciplines, including but not limited to Theatre and Performance Studies, Cultural Studies and Anthropology. We welcome co-authored papers and collaborative presentations. We welcome new and continuing members.

Please note: The abstract submission deadline is 15 January 2016. Intending participants are invited to submit abstracts (maximum 250 words) for papers they wish to discuss at the Conference. Please see on how to submit your abstracts.  Please note that you will be prompted to join IFTR or renew your membership before you will be able to make a submission. For participants who wish to be considered for IFTR bursaries, the deadline is 1 December 2015. Please see information about the bursaries at

The working group works by circulating papers in advance in order to make the most of the time and opportunity for discussion and engagement with those papers. Therefore, members whose abstracts are accepted will be required to submit their paper for circulation to members of the working group by 1 June 2016. This can be a work-in-progress (draft) version of the paper and must not exceed 4000 words.

Conveners for the forthcoming meeting of the working group are:

Please feel free to contact us the Working Group conveners or the conference conveners if you have any question

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