CALL FOR PAPERS - African and Caribbean Theatre and Performance Working Group - 8-12 July 2019

19 December, 2018 by Carla Springer | 0 comments

"Theatre, Performance and Urbanism: New Paradigms, Reflecting on the Past, Projecting to the Future"

 The IFTR African and Caribbean Theatre and Performance Working Group will be meeting during the IFTR conference.  The theme chosen by the working group, “Theatre, Performance and Urbanism: New Paradigms, Reflecting on the Past, Projecting to the Future” represents an expansion on the general IFTR conference theme.  It is cognizant of the fact that the reality of the experience of urbanism for many individuals, in Africa, the Caribbean and their Diasporas, often involves not just local or regional travel but more often than not international travel and a resultant, often radical, change in environment.  The theme is therefore concerned with that which informs theatre and performance in Africa, in the Caribbean and in their respective Diasporas in our contemporary world.

Papers are welcome from within specific disciplines, e.g. History, Literature, Cultural Studies, Visual Arts, Film, Dance and Theatre, as well as from across disciplines.  Collaborations are especially welcomed. It is anticipated that among the sub-themes/issues which the papers will address will be those of: new media; theory; criticism; identity; language; nationalism; post colonialism; Pan-Africanism; reparations; traditional and other models of theatre and performance in new spaces; ritual; museums and archives; educational and training systems; copyright; appropriation; intellectual property; and intellectual policy and cultural policy.

Intended participants are invited to submit their abstracts (maximum 250 words) for the papers they wish to discuss at the 2019 IFTR conference in Shanghai. Please note that abstracts can only be submitted through the abstract submission page at Cambridge Journals Online ( You will have to register or be a current IFTR member in order to submit an abstract.

Note that the working group works by circulating papers to members in advance of the conference to facilitate in-depth discussion at the meeting. Members whose abstracts are accepted will be required to submit the full text of their paper for circulation to members of the working group by 30 May 2019. This can be a work-in-progress (draft) version of the paper and must not exceed 4000 words.

The abstract submission deadline is 7th January 2019.

Abstract submission is via Cambridge Journals Online ( site will prompt you to join or renew your membership of IFTR . This has to be done by 7th January 2019, otherwise your paper cannot be accepted for the conference. For more information on this process, please visit:

Please forward this call for papers to colleagues who you think may be interested. Information about the working group can be found at: 

Convenors for the forthcoming meeting of the Working Group are:
C. M. Harclyde Walcott ( The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados
Awo Mana Asiedu ( University of Ghana, Ghana 

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