Call for papers 2021

10 November, 2020 by Kasia Lech | 0 comments

CALL FOR PAPERS: Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy (TAD) Working Group, International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) conference IFTR 2020 Galway, Ireland, NUI Galway, 12-16 July 2021

Delegates are invited to resubmit their proposals for the 2020 conference (and can be assured that papers accepted for 2020 will be accepted for 2021), or to submit entirely new proposals. 
In response to the theme of the Galway 2021 conference – ‘Theatre Ecologies: Environment, Sustainability and Politics’ – we propose the following combination of topics, partialy carried over from last year and enhanced for 2021:

·       Ecologies of Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy
·       Translation, Adaptation, Dramaturgy and the Anthropocene
·       Globalisation, ethics and theatre-making via Translation
·       Politics: Changing Landscapes of Adaptation
·       Sustainable Dramaturgies
·       Practices of Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic.
·       Dramaturgies of 2020 protests including BLM, Poland, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Hungary, Slovenia, and others. 
·       Zoom adaptations.

 *   Open call: We encourage other submissions that address translation, adaptation and dramaturgy, including those that do not directly refer to the conference theme.
 *   WG original calls: abstracts to be resubmitted with a guarantee of acceptance. New abstracts can also be submitted to be reviewed by convenors for acceptance

The IFTR Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy (TAD) Working Group will be meeting at the IFTR conference in Galway, Ireland, 12-16 July 2021.


The co-conveners will arrange abstracts into panels grouped by connected topics. Papers (up to 3000 words) are pre-circulated four weeks before the conference, followed by brief (up to 10 minutes) verbal presentations at the conference to ensure time for discussion and exchange. We are open to proposals featuring other presentation formats that fit the allocated timeframe.

WG members currently have a book project underway on politics of translation adaptation and dramaturgy but are open to starting new collaborative projects too.


We welcome both existing and new WG members to submit papers on any aspect of translation, adaptation and dramaturgy. We are keen to hear from academics and 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 2021.

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:

Please direct all questions about #IFTR2021 to:


Applicants will be informed of acceptance by late February/early March 2021.


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. For information and instructions about bursaries, and to download the application form, please visit

BURSARY AWARDEES 2020: must resubmit original abstracts in order to receive the award offered in 2020. Delegates who were advised they are on the bursary waiting list must also resubmit original abstracts if they wish to remain on the list. 

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 Duska Radosavljevic (

Dr Kasia Lech (


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