IFTR 2021: Political Performances Working Group CFP

27 October, 2020 by Trish Reid | 0 comments

Political Performances Working Group CFP, IFTR2021 Galway, 12-16 July.


IFTR 2021, Galway

We invite researchers to submit abstracts to the Political Performances Working Group at the 2020 IFTR conference, which will take place on 12-16 July in Galway, Ireland.


N.B. Colleagues whose papers were accepted for inclusion the Working Group for the cancelled 2020 conference will have their abstracts automatically accepted for 2021 


The theme for the 2021 conference is Theatre Ecologies: Environments, Sustainability, and Politics. We have identified three loose strands that reflect the recent work of many researchers in the wider field of political performances, but that also align with the 2021 conference theme:  environments, sustainability, and new political orders. The Political Performances Working Group therefore invites proposals for papers on the following topics:


(A) Environments
Ecologies of political theatre & performance in relation to the economic basis of theatre(s), funding infrastructures, training regimes, ecologies of social justice, employment practices, local/regional/national identity, hybridity, participation and exclusion, cultural democracy, cultural policy, urban and rural contexts and rhythms, rewilding performance, performance and the public sphere; political dramaturgies emerging from these/related issues.


B) Sustainability
Political theatre & performance in relation to the economics of precarity, sustainable development, environmental activism, redevelopment, touring practices and circuits, cultural interchange, technological innovation, peace-making, future-proofing, utopian and/or dystopian possibilities, sustainability as politicised social practice; political dramaturgies emerging from these/related issue.


(C) New political orders

Political theatre & political performance in relation to nonhuman actors, technological actants, inorganic and geological matter; displacement/replacement of identity politics, racialisation and difference, migratory flows, border controls, environmental governance and social justice; indigeneity and the environment; the neoliberalisation of nature; political dramaturgies emerging from these/related issues.

NB: The group welcomes research not only on contemporary political theatre, political performance and performative activism, but also on historical manifestations of political theatre and performance, and diachronic research.



Accepted speakers will be asked to send convenors a draft of their work no later than Monday, 8 June 2020, so that drafts can be pre-circulated among Working Group members attending our meeting in Galway well in advance. At the Working Group sessions, presenters will be will be invited to frame the work they shared for 5-10 minutes. This will be followed by 15-20 minutes of dedicated responses and discussion by the group. The expectation is that the group’s engagement with drafts prior to the conference will generate more attentive, focused and deeper discussions about each contribution.


The Political Performances Working Group welcomes new members and is keen to hear from academics across all career stages and geographical locations.


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