Asian Theatre Working Group Call for Papers IFTR Manila 2024

30 November, 2023 by Sir Anril Tiatco | 0 comments

Asian Theatre Working Group Call for Papers IFTR Manila 2024

IFTR’s Asian Theatre Working Group invites you to submit papers for curated panels during the annual conference in Manila, 15-19 July 2024.

The theme for IFTR 2024 is Our States of Emergency: Theatres and Performances of Tragedy. The main Call for Papersexpands the notion of tragedy to include the “ongoing wretchedness of the Earth”, which is sadly a timely and relevant topic for our world right now. As Asian Theatre scholars, we encourage you to consider the histories, encounters, performances, memories, confrontations, and theorizations of tragedies in the various Asian contexts, as well as modes of survival and resistance amidst and after tragedies. Please refer to the list of suggested topics in the main CFP for more inspirations.

What is new for ATWG in the 2024 Manila conference is that we are going to present our papers in curated panelsinstead of the usual WG sessions. We anticipate and hope that there will be a larger presence of Asian theatre scholars at the conference next year. Therefore, we would like to facilitate a more open forum to highlight the latest research within the Asian Theatres Studies fields for the general conference participants. What this means for you is that you will not need to submit full papers to be circulated among ATWG members in advance of the conference. We will present our papers during the time slots for general panels instead of WG sessions. Our panels will be called “Curated Panels sponsored by Asian Theatre Working Group”. We warmly welcome submissions from both our current members and those who have not previously presented at the Asian Theatre Working Group.

How to submit your abstract:

Even though we are presenting our papers in curated panels instead of WG sessions, we still ask you to submit your abstract to the ATWG. So please choose Asian Theatre Working Group in the drop-down menu instead of General Panels when you submit your abstract. This will ensure that your abstract is considered for curated panels sponsored by ATWG rather than other general panels.

Abstracts should be between 200 and 250 words and should be submitted to Cambridge Core. Please do not send abstracts to the main conference organizers or ATWG conveners. Please note that you will have to be a member of the IFTR to submit an abstract. To join the IFTR or renew your membership, please visit the Cambridge Core membership page.

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 2 February 2024

Conference Dates: 15 – 19 July 2024

On Monday 15 July 2024, ATWG will conduct its business meeting to discuss publication plans. Curated panels will be scheduled for Tuesday – Friday (16-19 July 202). As ATWG members, we will also have the opportunity to meet with some local artists / performers during one of the slots for WG sessions. More information on this will be announced close to the conference start.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the ATWG conveners:

Liyang Xia (

Beri Juraic (

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