CFP: Intermediality in Theatre and Performance WG, São Paulo IFTR 2017

16 December, 2016 by Liam Jarvis | 0 comments

CFP: Intermediality in Theatre and Performance WG, IFTR2017

The Intermediality Working Group is inviting proposals for our forthcoming meeting at the IFTR annual conference in São Paulo in July 2017.



IFTR 2017, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

10-14 July, 2017

Unstable Geographies, Multiple Theatricalities

Deadline for bursary applications: 22 December 2016
Deadline for proposals: 15 January 2017
Submission must be done through the IFTR registration process (see links below). Please submit an abstract of max 250 words along with a bio of max 50 words.
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. 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.
In response to the theme of the Sao Paulo conference in 2017, “Unstable Geographies, Multiple Theatricalities” we propose the following themes:
  • Political borders, live and mediatised
  • Theatre not defined by geographical coordinates or physical spaces
  • Virtual performance, internet or networked performance
  • Mediaturgy of the public space: urban screens, videomapping and theatre
  • Performing through media and liquid architecture
  • Technology and shifting boundaries of selfhood
  • Artificial intelligence, new technologies and displaced labour in performance
  • Networks & social media: technology and performance in the post-truth era
  • Intermedial performance and crisis: instability, migration and activism
  • Applied intermedial practices and social change
  • DIY: Hacking consumer technologies in intermedial performance
  • Open call: we encourage submissions that address intermediality in theatre and performance, including those that do not directly refer to the conference theme.
Applicants will be informed of acceptance by late February 2016. 

The co-conveners will arrange proposals into panels of papers on connected topics. We invite 20-minute presentations in any format. We are keen on encouraging a lively discussion during the sessions. We also invite observers to our sessions and we appreciate their contribution to the discussions. 
The group is welcoming and inclusive. We will organize drinks/dinner during the conference for the members of the group. 
We are looking forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes,
Anna Monteverdi, Alma Artis Academy (
Karen Savage, University of Lincoln (
Liam Jarvis, University of Essex (
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