IFTR 23 Intermediality in Theatre & Performance WG Call for Papers

29 November, 2022 by Lynne Kendrick | 0 comments

IFTR 23 Intermediality in Theatre & Performance WG Call for Papers

The Intermediality in Theatre & Performance Working Group invites proposals for participation from academics, practitioner-researchers and artists at all career stages for IFTR 2023 in Accra

The Intermediality in Theatre & Performance Working Group


The Intermediality in Theatre & 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. The Intermediality WG have been prolific and research active in terms of publications over the years. Recent publications include, Avatars, Activism and Postdigital Performance: Precarious Intermedial Identities (Bloomsbury 2021), and a special edition of IJPADM ‘TechNo-fixes? Performances within Ecological Emergencies’(2022), both edited by former WG convenors Liam Jarvis and Karen Savage.




The themes of this year’s conference – the new ways of seeing and interpreting the world around us – fuel intermedial theory and practice. Intermediality has always revealed the political and revelled in the possible. From digital minutiae to global virtual performance, this group delves into the thresholds of theatre practice and the stories or myths we may find there; exploring, intervening or reconfiguring the performance within. What stories are being retold through intermediality and what kind of theatres and futures does this reimagine? Following the IFTR call for papers we invite proposals for 20 minute presentations in any format (papers, performance lectures, practical demonstrations, workshops, etc.) or for a 15 minute position statement from established academics, early career researchers, postgraduate students and artists around the globe to join our working group. We also welcome practice-based researchers, and cross-disciplinary scholars. Proposals may include but are not limited to any of the following:

·       Media and myth

·       Stories and/of the intermedial, including digital dramaturgies, narratives of the virtual, textuality and technologies

·       Narratology, intermediality and inter-disciplinary practices of writing

·       Performance and intermedial myth-making, including: the practice of posthumanism; post-pandemic digital performance; hybridisation and blended practices; digital diaspora

·       Sensing and the sensible in intermedial practice

·       Intermedial strategies for reparative practices, equality diversity and inclusion

·       Materialism, New Materialism and the stories of intermedial theory and practice

·       Digital, virtual and augmented identities

·       Digital and Intermedial storytelling

·       Gaming, Play and Story Design

·       Theatre-making through intermedial practice

·       New ways of hearing (as well as seeing) the world around us, including the haptic, tactile, or kinaesthetic

·       Myth and Mediation

Open Call: We encourage other submissions that address intermediality in theatre and performance, including those that do not directly refer to the conference theme. For more information please visit IFTR Intermediality in Theatre & Performance WG



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 conference.                        

Abstracts between 200-250 words are invited for this conference from all interested scholars and students of the Performing Arts and related disciplines.

Conference Dates: 24th - 28th July 2023


Conference Venue: The University of Ghana


Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: January 31st 2023

All abstracts should be submitted to 
Cambridge Core.


If you have already have a Cambridge Core account, you can download instructions on how to join IFTR IFTR membership Core account If you do not have a Cambridge Core account, you can download instructions on how to join IFTR: IFTR new membership More information about the conference can be found at the IFTR website: IFTR Conference Please direct all questions about #IFTR2023 to: IFTRAccra2023@ug.edu.gh There is a call for New Scholars and Helsinki Prizes with December deadlines see IFTR Helsinki and New Scholars prizes


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


Applicants will be informed of acceptance by late February/early March 2023.


Best wishes,


Dr Lynne Kendrick: lynne.kendrick@cssd.ac.uk 

Dr Christina Papagiannouli: christina.papagiannouli@southwales.ac.uk 

Dr Yaron Shyldkrot: y.shyldkrot@leeds.ac.uk

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