Intermediality in Theatre & Performance Working Group CFP, IFTR 2020, Galway (Bursary deadline: 15 Dec 2019)

21 October, 2019 by Liam Jarvis | 0 comments

The Intermediality in Theatre & Performance Working Group invites proposals for participation from academics and practitioner-researchers at all career stages at the IFTR conference in Galway, Ireland



Intermediality in Theatre and Performance Working Group, International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) conference 


IFTR 2020 Galway, Ireland

NUI Galway 

13-17 July 2019

Conference theme: ‘Theatre Ecologies: Environment, Sustainability and Politics’

Deadline for abstract submission: 31 January 2020



The IFTR Intermediality in Theatre and Performance Working Group will be meeting at the IFTR conference in Galway, Ireland, 13-17 July 2020. 



The Intermediality in Theatre and Performance Working Group examines the interrelationships of theatre with other media as well as combinations of different media in performance. It looks at theories and conceptualizations of media in live performance, historical developments and transformations of media, and contemporary manifestations of intermediality in postdigital culture. The group members work in diverse areas and within different methodologies but share a focus on the self-reflexivity of media, an interest in media applications and functions in culture and society, as well as an understanding of theatre practice as an object and method of research.


For more information about the Intermediality in Theatre and Performance Working Group WG, please visit



In response to the theme of the Galway 2020 conference – ‘Theatre Ecologies: Environment, Sustainability and Politics’ – we propose the following topics:   


  • The ecologies of intermedial theatre practices
  • Intermedial environments
  • Intermedial scenographies and environmental change
  • Intermedial performance practices in an era of mass extinction
  • Technology and sustainability
  • Political intermedial voices
  • Doing politics with/through technology
  • Intermedial dystopias/utopias in performance
  • Eco-innovations & intermedial performance
  • Intermedial activism & global climate change
  • Social media and the distortion of the political sphere
  • Intermediality and the Anthropocene
  • Access, online censorship and cyber attacks
  • Immersion and redefining ‘place-making’
  • Technologically expedited precarious labour in the arts
  • Waste & technology 
  • Non-human subjectivities (displacing/de-centering human perception): Animals, machines and the posthuman
  • ‘Doing’ intermediality: Intermedial practice-as-research (PaR), methodologies and processes of cross-cultural collaboration
  • Open call: We encourage other submissions that address intermediality in theatre and performance, including those that do not directly refer to the conference theme.



The co-conveners will arrange proposals into panels grouped by connected topics. We invite 20-minute presentations in any format (papers, performance lectures, practical demonstrations etc.). We plan to open and conclude the WG sessions at this year’s conference with roundtable discussions to gather together key themes arising from the different contributions and to locate areas of research synergy among the WG.


WG members currently have a book project underway with Bloomsbury Methuen entitled Avatars, Activism and Postdigital Performance: Precarious Intermedial Identities, which is due for publication in early 2021 (Edited by Liam Jarvis and Karen Savage). However, we are seeking to initiate a new collaborative project with WG members – a special edition journal issue that we have been invited to produce for the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media (IJPADM). 



We welcome both existing and new WG members to submit papers on any aspect of intermedial theatre and performance, broadly conceived. We are keen to hear from academics and practitioner-researchers at all career stages and welcome attendees from diverse geographical locations. The WG aims to encourage lively and energized debates during the sessions and in this spirit, we also invite observers to attend and contribute to our discussions. The group is welcoming and inclusive and we will be organizing a social event for all of our WG members during the week of the conference.                        


Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and are due 31 January 2020.


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.


If you have already have a Cambridge Core account, you can download instructions on how to join IFTR:


If you do not have a Cambridge Core account, you can download instructions on how to join IFTR:


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Applicants will be informed of acceptance by late February/early March 2020.



IFTR offers financial assistance to scholars wishing to participate in its Annual Conference. Bursaries are awarded on the basis of merit, relevance to the conference or Working Group theme and financial need. Please note that the deadline for bursary applications significantly predates the deadline for abstract submission (Deadline: 15 December 2019). For information and instructions about bursaries, and to download the application form, please visit For bursary-related queries, please email


More information about the conference can be found at the IFTR website:        


Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding the WG and/or your abstract submission.


Best wishes,



Dr Liam Jarvis (

Dr Karen Savage (

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