CFP: Political Performances Working Group IFTR 2017

23 January, 2017 | 0 comments

CFP: Political Performances Working Group IFTR 2017

Call for Papers

Political Performances Working Group

International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) Annual Conference, ‘Unstable Geographies: Multiple Theatricalities’, University of São Paulo (USP), 10-14 July 2017


The Political Performances Working Group will be meeting at the next IFTR Annual Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 2017. The group is concerned with all aspects of political engagement within theatre and performance, therefore we welcome contributions in this area whether they relate to the general conference theme or not. This year’s theme is, however, closely related to our concerns. According to the organisers, the topic ‘aims at the political and economic issues underlying the territorial and symbolic conflicts of a globalized world and, at the same time, targets the expansiveness of theatrical and performative fields that recognize and surprise each other’. We invite proposals from new and existing members in connection with the theme of globalisation as well as other matters we have been discussing in our latest meetings, such as histories of activism in performance, new styles of political theatre, the performance of identity and the ethics of spectatorship.


About the Group

The Political Performances Working Group has been meeting at least once a year since its foundation in 2003. Exploring the relationship between politics and theatre/performance in a wide sense, it addresses issues ranging from theory to practice, from historical accounts to current case studies, from local and regional performances to general concepts and forms of political (re)presentation in performance, from feminism and post-colonialism to applied and community work, and from education and therapy to propaganda and censorship.

The group published its first anthology of essays in 2009: Political Performances: Theory and Practice, eds. Susan Haedicke, Deirdre Heddon, Avraham Oz and E.J. Westlake. Amsterdam: Rodopi A second edited collection is currently in preparation, drawing from a selection of papers presented at recent IFTR conferences.



Group Meetings

Draft papers are distributed to members of the group in advance, allowing for a more focused discussion. New members who are not presenting, as well as occasional attendees, are welcome to participate. Since its inauguration, the group has comprised both theatre scholars and practitioners, therefore a special emphasis is given to performance presentations, films and visual material during the sessions.

The exact format of the São Paulo meeting will be announced after the receipt of abstracts. Within its broad thematic reach, the group strives to promote dialogue at a specialist level, which may take the form of different research clusters around particular topics.


Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts of 300 words maximum should be submitted to the conference organisers via the following link:

Please specify ‘Political Performances’ working group when submitting your proposal and send a copy of it to the convenors at the email addresses below.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 5 February 2017.

If you have any questions or wish to join the group – even if not presenting a paper – please also contact the convenors.



Dr. Paola Botham, Lecturer in Drama, Birmingham City University, UK.

Dr. Lloyd Peters, Senior Lecturer, School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, UK.

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