CFP - Protest to Perform or Perform to Protest: Performances of the World

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XIV International Annual Conference of Indian Society for Theater Research

XIV International Conference of

Indian Society for Theater Research
(The Indian Chapter of International Federation for Theater Research)

Organized by Department of Performing Arts (Film and Theatre)

Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University

Wardha, Maharashtra

15-17 January 2018

Call for Papers

[Open for scholars, researchers and practitioners of Theatre, dance, music, media and other related disciplines]

Protest to Perform or Perform to Protest:

Performances of the World


The fact that theatre has always been the lifeline of mass’ expression of all kinds, is as old a truism as are the languages of the world. In this intricate relationship of masses and theatre, constructivism has come to the fore invariably to engender spaces for the theatrical expression complexities of protest, resistance, revolt, dissent, pain, suppression, exploitation and others. Suppression of people’s expressions leads to enrichment of theatre as a medium to convey the complexities. Contemporary world politics, which is being guided by the neoliberal institutionalisation of all paradigms, is increasingly perpetuating suppression of rights to express.  Along with the restrictions on the expression of protest and resistance, the regimes across the world are coming down heavily to annihilate protest spaces. This suppression of protest and the shrinking protest spaces have resulted in various interesting experiments in theatre world over and thus theatre, in this scenario, has become significantly instrumental in mobilizing resistance and tendering protests. Recent protest of Tamil Nadu farmers at Jantar Mantar in the national capital city of Delhi, which gathered attention for its visual impact and theatricality, is an example of the innovative synthesis of theatre and protest. In the light of this suppression and innovation, study of theatre and protest has become necessary like never before. The forthcoming international conference of ISTR is set to deliberate on theatre and protest in the light of above-mentioned rationale. The conference will look forward to deliberating on the assessment, analysis, documentation and  comparisons of the theatre performances that have been inspired by spirit of protest. Abstracts are invited on the issues that may (but not limited to) deal with following subtopics:

a)      Protest theatre

b)      Shrinking spaces of theatre and protest

c)      Cultural politics and protest theatre

d)      Performing resistance

e)      Violence and non-violence in protest performance

f)       Innovations and protest performance

g)      Political ideologies

h)      Clash of cultures

i)        Linguistic paradigms and protest theatre

j)        Non-verbal performances and protest

k)      Structured performances in protest

l)        Site-specific theatre and protest

m)    Virtual spaces in protest performances

n)      Social / digital media and protest theatre

o)      Radical protest and theatre

p)      Mass movements and theatre

q)      Historiography of resistance and performance

r)       Colonial and postcolonial paradigms of resistance theatre

s)       Folk and indigenous performance traditions and protest 


We welcome proposals for general conference and for the Research ScholarsForum dealing with the subject. General Conference papers must be no longer than twenty (20) minutes. In Research ScholarsForum, research scholars may have presentations of ten minutes on their research topics which may not be necessarily on the Conference theme.


Guidelines for Abstract Submission: (Please read carefully)

            Abstract should be of 500 words in MS Word only (PDF files will not be accepted) with following information:

a.         Title of the Abstract
            Presenting Author, Second Author, Corresponding Author*
            (name of the supervisor should not be included, especially in research scholars' forum)

b.         Abstract:
            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 500  words in total.
            Key words: Provide 4-5 key words for the research.


            Mention intended forums [i.e., General Conference, or Research Scholars Forum]; indication of  technical facilities; brief biographical note of the author (not more than            150 words) and e-mail- address. All proposals should be sent at only.

Note:    The abstract will ONLY be accepted after peer-review. Strict adherence to the submission guidelines is to be observed.

Conference Deadlines:

a.               Submission of abstracts:                      31st October 2017 (abstracts will not be accepted after this date)

b.               Acceptance Information:         15 November 2017

c.         Early Registration:                   15December 2017


ISTR Conference Fee:

a. Early registration

            i.          National participants:                           INR 3000

            ii.         Research Students (National):             INR 1000

b. Late Registration (after 15 December 2017)

            i.          National participants:                           INR 4000

            ii.         Research Students (National):              INR 1500

c. International Participants (on the spot)                     USD 150


Payment method will be informed along with the acceptance letter.


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 14 January and departure 18 January – 4 nights only), coffee and snacks during conference and other courtesy special events.

Venue: The conference will be organized by the Department of Performing Arts (Theatre and Film) of Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University at Wardha in its picturesque campus situated in a cluster of five hills. You can visit the university website


About Wardha City:

When Gandhi ji started his padayatra (foot march) in 1930 from Sabarrmati Ashram (Ahmadabad) to Dandi for the Salt Satyagraha, he had decided not to return to Sabarmati till independence for India was attained. On his release from two years imprisonment he came to Wardha in 1934, at the invitation of Jamnalal Bajaj. In April 1936, Gandhiji established his residence in the village Shegaon which he renamed as Sevagram, which means 'village of service’. Gandhiji was 67 years old when he came to Sevagram. From then on, Sevagram has become an inspiring place, practically, the political capitol of the country during the freedom struggle. Many decisions on important national matters and movements were taken at Sevagram. It became the central place for a number of institutions for the nation building activities devised by Gandhiji to suit the inherent strength of this country.


Travelling to Wardha:

Wardha is well connected by rail and road with rest of the country. The nearest airport Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar International Airport Nagpur is 75 kilometers from Wardha town with direct flights from all the major cities of the country as well as from Sharjah and  Bangkok. The taxis may be provided for airport pick up and drop on request at a nominal payment. However,    courtesy pick up and drop may be provided from Sevagram and Wardha Junction Railway Stations on request and prior information. Those travelling from west or east, may alight at Wardha Junction and people coming from north or south may alight at Sevagram. Both the stations are part of Wardha city.


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.

Conference Coordinator:

Dr. Satish Pawade

Assistant Professor

Department of Performing Arts (Theatre and Film)

Mahatma Gandhi Hindi International University

Wardha (Maharashtra)

Phone: 093721 50158/ 9422535158


You may also contact:

Dr. Vibha Sharma

Gen. Secretary (ISTR)

Associate Professor, Aligarh Muslim University


Phone: 09634105131 

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