CFP Arabic Theatre Working Group, IFTR 2019

06 December, 2018 by Sarah Youssef | 0 comments

CFP Arabic Theatre Working Group, IFTR 2019

The Arabic Theatre Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research invites proposals for contributions to its forthcoming meeting at the IFTR annual conference in Shanghai, China.

CFP Arabic Theatre Working Group, IFTR 2019
The Arabic Theatre Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research invites proposals for contributions to its forthcoming meeting at the IFTR annual conference in Shanghai, China, from 08 to 12 July 2019.
We are particularly interested in contributions that address the conference theme “Theatre, Performance, and Urbanism.” Between the rural and the urban, between the past and the present, between cultural heritage and new histories.

In the current climate, characterized by political uncertainties and migration, questions of urbanism and performance are reflected in everyday performances as well as theatre practices and productions. Urbanism as well as the inhabiting of spaces, ownership, and deconstruction of borders are continuously negotiated in theatre and performance.
In the 1930s Lewis Mumford most famously understood the city as “theatre of social action.” However, his ideas are not only important for the contemporary post-industrial city and questions of the entertainment economy, in which the theatricality and potential of performance of a city are of importance. Here too, concepts of cities and citizenship, identity and nationalism, as well are representations of the city and the rural are of interest. How does the city perform itself? The tangibility of borders, the rise of new borders, and the disappearance of old ones. How do we redefine our environment in a state of movement?
We are particularly eager to receive submissions that seek to rethink the key terms of the discussion and maintain an interdisciplinary dialogue with cultural, literary, translation, visual, or film studies. We welcome papers that demonstrate productive connections with performance theory, theatre historiography, or the practical applications of dramaturgy. The following is a non-exhaustive list of the interrelated sub-themes provided by the organizers of the conference, most of which have special relevance for this working group:
  • Civic identities and vernacular urban cultures
  • Ecocritical Readings of new or previously produced texts
  • Translation in the age of mobility
  • Urban political cultures and public spheres
  • Genealogies and traditions
  • Cultural heritage and policies
  • Print, literacy and education
  • Diversity/hegemony of histories
  • Migration and Social Mobility
  • Crisis and trauma
  • Post-immigrant theatre in the contemporary city
  • ...
All abstract submissions are made through the Cambridge Core website. However, in order to make a submission you will need to become a member of IFTR, first. Deadline for abstract submission: 7 January, 2019. Abstract submission via Cambridge Core. Abstract submission via Cambridge Core. Submissions are currently being accepted. Participants who wish to apply for bursaries must submit their abstract proposals no later than 17 December 2018.
The Hazem Azmy IFTR Bursary Award Fund In honour of IFTR’s longtime member, Hazem Azmy, who unexpectedly passed away during the July 2018 World Congress in Belgrade, the IFTR established this fund to continue the passionate advocacy of student representation within IFTR for which Hazem is so fondly remembered. Up to five bursary awards can be made each year in his name. These awards will go to graduate students from Band B countries to support their attendance at IFTR's annual conference. Donations are collected via this platform:
Kindly note that you must be a current IFTR member in order to send an abstract, and that you cannot present a paper within a working group and also in a general session. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words, exclusive of the title, and should be accompanied by a biographical note of no more than 200 words. The IFTR 2019 organisers will forward ATWG abstracts to the co-conveners. Additionally, you are strongly encouraged to forward a copy of your submission to the ATWG convenors, Samer Al-Saber and Sarah Youssef, at the following email address:
In addition to formal abstract proposals, the ATWG conveners also welcome indications of interest from any new members who would like to take part in the group's discussion but do not wish to submit a paper. Graduate students and early-career researchers are particularly welcome, as well as practice-based researchers and reflexive practitioners. We invite all members to propose ideas as to how the ATWG may best disseminate its work in innovative ways and beyond the group’s meetings.
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About ATWG
Mission Statement
(Revised and Approved by Membership in Dec. 2009)
Established in 2007 as the Arabic Theatre Working Group, ATWG exists to broaden international understanding of the theatre and performance cultures of the ‘Arabo- Islamic World.’ In 2009, the group voted to retain the appellation ‘Arabic’ in recognition of the historically unifying role of the Arabic language. This recognition notwithstanding, the group is neither meant to be exclusive nor to promote any nationalist or religion-based agenda. Rather, it seeks to maintain its scholarly mission by holding up its key definitional terms to ongoing critical scrutiny.
Defined in strictly geographical and political terms, the operations of the group cover theatre and performance material from the member states of the League of Arab States and/or the Organisation of the Islamic Conference. However, both the operative adjectives Arab and Islamic should be understood here to demarcate, primarily, a general cultural area of scholarly exploration and negotiation. Investigations of material from the many non-Arab and non-Muslim communities located within the Arab/Muslim world are welcomed by the group. The group equally welcomes material covering the theatre and performance activities of Arab and Muslim ‘diasporic’ communities.
Subjects can be drawn from all areas of theatre activity as well as from performance work that lies outside the traditional European concept of theatre. Methodological approaches from the fields of (theatre) translation, cultural, and postcolonial studies will doubtless be represented in the work of the group, but all approaches that will provide a better understanding of this large field of studies are welcome.
The membership of the group is open to all paid-up members of the IFTR, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or religion. Graduate students and early- career researchers are particularly welcome, as well as practice-based researchers and reflexive practitioners. In exceptional circumstances, and subject to the availability of appropriate translation arrangements, the group may consider accommodating participants who are unable to deliver their papers in English.

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