Call for Papers

11 October, 2015

Call for Papers
International Federation for Theatre Research
Popular Entertainments Working Group
Stockholm, 13-16 June 2016

The Popular Entertainments Working Group invites papers for the next conference of International Federation for Theatre Research at Stockholm University, Sweden, 13-17 June 2016.

The conference theme is “Presenting the Theatrical Past. Interplays of Artefacts, Discourses and Practices.” This theme points to the way popular entertainments incorporate theatrical practices from the past. It draws attention to the formation of traditions in popular entertainment and processes of inheritance and transmission over time. It also encompasses the contemporary relation to historical performance and the uses of history in popular entertainments today.

The Working Group welcomes papers that engage with the conference theme to explore areas of ongoing interest in the study of popular entertainments. In recent years, these areas have included  animals, burlesque, cabaret, celebrity, children, circus, clowning, comedy, cross-dressing, dance, festival, harlequinade, horror, minstrels, music hall, nightclubs, pantomime, revue, spectacle, sport, thriller, tourism, training, variety, vaudeville, wrestling and so on.

We particularly welcome papers from emerging researchers and those joining the working group for the first time. 

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be submitted no later than Friday, 15 January 2016, through IFTR’s online system at Cambridge Journals. Details will be available at the IFTR website ( in due course. 

Notice of acceptance will be communicated by the middle of February 2016. Accepted abstracts will be published in the IFTR 2016 conference booklet. 

Final papers are to be submitted to the convenor electronically as a Word attachment ( no later than Monday, 15 May 2016. Papers are then distributed to members of the group and a discussant is allocated to each.

Members are to read all the papers in advance of the conference. Time at the conference is given to discussing each paper, led by a discussant from the group.


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