CfP: Indian Society for Theater Research

17 October, 2018 by Chris Collins | 0 comments

 XV International Conference of

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

 School of Media & Communication

Manipal University Jaipur

7-9 February 2019

 Call for Papers


[Open for scholars, researchers and practitioners of Theatre, dance, music, media, cinema

and other related disciplines]




Dissent is an instinct that has suffered the most in the journey of civilizing humans through manifestations of theological, sociological, political and other institutions. The formation and deformation of multiple modernity in the world for the last two centuries has shaped the rich ways and means to dissent in an astonishing manner. Alongside the innovations and creative interventions in the discourses of dissent, the counterproductive propaganda to derail these discourses has been working with power and politics of a much subversive nature with crudest intentions. Such situations often engender fertile grounds to experiment with arts especially the performative arts. But, it is easier said than done since such experiments need more than just the passion to perform. Ideological orientation, political literacy, grit and perseverance are the formative constituents of such performance journeys. The dangers, that such movements involve, include psychological, physical, emotional and economic persecution through systemic and procedural exploitations of various apparatuses of the state and the society. A head on conflict with such establishments is always fatal for the art and many times for the artists. The need is to innovate one’s way out of the scenario where performance spaces are squeezing and intolerance is bloating. The forthcoming conference of ISTR aims to focus on the ways and means of dissent through performance that are productive and enable sustainability of the form and the performer. It needs to be asserted here that the deliberations in the conference must emerge as the pointers for the future directions while engaging with the issues that have plagued the free expression in the global world that has been clouded in the neoliberal and neocolonial hegemonic practices. Abstracts are invited on the issues that may (but not limited to) deal with following subtopics:


a)         Voicing dissent in theatre and films

b)         Shrinking spaces of performance and protest

c)         National politics and the performance

d)         Performing protest

e)         Transgressions and freedom of expression in performance

f)          Ideologies and creative representations

g)         Institutionalized suppression of performance journeys

h)         Caste and the protest in theatre and cinema

i)          Dehumanizing performance systems

j)          Social media and the performance paradigms

k)         Apoliticality: Boon or bane to performance cultures


Guidelines for Abstract Submission:

 Abstract should be of 300 words.

·      We welcome proposals for general conference and for the Research Scholars’ Forum dealing with the subject. General Conference papers must be no longer than twenty (20) minutes. In Research Scholars’ Forum, research scholars may have presentations of ten minutes preferably on their research topics.

·      All proposals should contain: author; title; around 300 words abstract in the following format:

o   Title of the Abstract

o   Presenting Author, Second Author, Corresponding Author*(*name of the supervisor should not be included in the papers of research scholars)

o   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 300 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.

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



a)     Submission of abstracts: 30 November 2018 (abstracts will not be accepted after this date)

b)     Acceptance Information: 15 December 2018

c)     Full papers submission: 25 January 2019

d)     Early Registration: 31st January 2019


ISTR Conference Fee

 Early registration


National participants                                   INR 5000

Research Students (National)                     INR 3000


Desk Registration (7th February 2019)


National participants                                         INR 6500

Research Students (National)                           INR 4000


International Participants (Desk Registration)                USD 150


Note: Mode of payment will be informed along with acceptance of the abstract.


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 6 February and departure 10 February – 4 nights only), coffee and snacks during conference and other courtesy special events. Manipal University Jaipur is at around 25-30 Kilometers away from various arrival points in Jaipur city. Free shared conveyance can be provided to registered participants for pick up and drop, if informed earlier.


Conference Venue: Manipal University Jaipur


The Manipal Education Group, with its heritage of excellence in higher education for over 60 years, launched Manipal University Jaipur (MUJ) in 2011. The permanent campus of the university is set up on 122 acres of land at Dehmi Kalan village near Jaipur, and is by far one of the best campuses in the region. MUJ has world class infrastructure, including state-of-the-art research facilities and modern library. In line with Manipal's legacy of providing quality education, the university uses the latest and innovative methods and technology to impart education. The MUJ Academic and Administrative buildings have been awarded 5-Star ratings by GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) making us the 'First University in the country to receive this honour' and further ranked 4th in the cleanliness by UGC in October 2018, besides several national and international awards and recognitions


The group includes six universities, namely Manipal Academy of Higher Education (Manipal, Karnataka), Sikkim Manipal University (Sikkim), American University of Antigua (Caribbean Island), Manipal International University (Malaysia), Manipal University Dubai and Manipal University Jaipur.


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:
Prof. Ravi Chaturvedi
School of Media and Communication Manipal University Jaipur
Ph: +91 93140 53883


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