IFTR-Asia 2018 Submission of Abstracts Extended Until 6 October 2017

16 September, 2017 by Sir Anril Pineda Tiatco | 0 comments

IFTR-Asia 2018 Submission of Abstracts Extended Until 6 October 2017

IFTR-Asia 2018 extends submission of abstracts until 6 October 2017.


The University of the Philippines Diliman, through the Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA), College of Arts and Letters (CAL) and the Asian Center (AC), is hosting the Joint 2018 International Federation for Theatre Research Regional Conference and Asian Theatre Working Group Colloquium 2018 (IFTR-Asia 2018) with the theme Bodies in/and Asian Theaters from 20 to 23 February 2017. A growing interest on the body as a starting point of discourse is seen in the past decades. Even theatre studies has been involved on scrutinizing the body as an important performance aspect. In Western theatre practice, physical theatre is a well-articulated practical approach for understanding the body vis-à-vis theatre and performance. However, the increasing number of the most influential theorizations and conceptualizations has primarily, if not exclusively, focused on how the cultures in the West (Europe and the Americas) conceive it. Taking the cue from Asianists like Bryan Turner, Zheng Yangwen, Rey Ileto, Vincente Rafael and Kuan-Hsing Chen, it is important to note that peoples in Asia experienced colonization, decolonization and now globalization albeit different modalities. These contexts, as these Asianists suggested and implied, are important socio-political and historical factors for understanding the Asian body. With this, Bodies in/and Asian Theatres is envisioned to contribute to the study of the body, particularly its functions and placements in the different cultural performances in the Asian region.

On the occasion of Katha-wan [a contraction of katha (creative creation) and katawan (body)] or the celebration of the UP Diliman Month 2018 vis-à-vis the National Arts Month in the Philippines, Bodies in/and Asian Theatres invokes the Asian bodies as creative and critical entities. IFTR-Asia 2018 attempts to answer these general questions: what do we mean when we talk about bodies in Asian theatres and performances? What do we mean when we talk about Asian bodies in different performances outside the region? How does theatre affect the way we think about the bodies of Asians?  For more information about IFTR-Asia 2018, please visit http://iftr-asia2018.upd.edu.ph/index.html.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Dr. Susan San "SanSan" Kwan (University of California Berkeley), Dr. Julius J. Bautista (Kyoto University) and Ms. Alice Reyes (National Artist of the Philippines for Dance). Other confirmed speakers include Dr. Kathy Foley (Editor, Asian Theatre Journal and Professor at the University of California Sta. Cruz), Dr. Paul Alexander Rae (Editor, Theatre Research International and Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne),  Dr. Lim How Ngean (Asian Dramaturgs Network), Mr. Jay Cruz (Philippine Performance Research Network), and Ms. Eisa Jocson (Sipat Lawin Ensemble).

Before submitting your abstract, please note the following:

1.     Please make sure your abstract is related to the major theme Bodies in/and Asian Theatres or one of the sub-themes (http://iftr-asia2018.upd.edu.ph/call-for-papers.html) of IFTR-Asia 2018. 

2.     Please limit your abstract to not more than 300 words. Otherwise, the system will not accept your submission.

3.     Please submit a short bionote of not more than 150 words. 

4.     You will receive a confirmation email from the conference conveners as soon as your submission is received.

5.     Submission of abstract is extended until 6 October 2017.

6.     Announcement of successful submissions shall start on 2 October 2017.

To submit your abstract, please visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeyCdzDSdpPugz6wKcC8tE4GdeCU0Kl08W3g3mdzlx7XJ_FEA/viewform

For inquiries, please email iftr-asia2018.upd@up.edu.ph or the conveners Sir Anril P. Tiatco at sptiatco@up.edu.ph and Bryan L. Viray at blviray@up.edu.ph.

See you in Manila in February 2018!






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