The African Theatre Association (AfTA) in collaboration with JAWI Theatre Collective, and the School of the Arts University of Northampton, United Kingdom announces its Annual International Conference for Friday 30 July Sunday 2nd August 2009.
African Theatre Association is an international organization of practitioners and scholars of African performance and theatre in Africa and the Diaspora. It provides a regular forum for the practical and critical exploration of African performances and scholarship.
Call for Papers, Workshops, Performances, and Exhibitions:
Contributions are invited from academics, practitioners, policy makers, funders, and research students in Theatre, Performance, and related arts and media to participate in the second annual international conference: New Directions in African Theatre and Performance.
The conference offers different platforms to contributors to engage in a long overdue interrogation of new and emerging practices, critical approaches, pedagogies, and discourses on African theatre, performance, and related arts and media. Through a wide range of papers on every aspect of African performances, workshops, performances, exhibitions, plenaries, installations, and screenings, contributors will participate in defining new directions in African theatre and performance practices and scholarship.
Accepted conference papers will be published in a special edition of African Performance Review
Critical Theory and Discourse
Re-thinking / Re-positioning the Canon in African Theatre and Performance
Contesting Postcolonial Drift
African Theatre and Performance in the Diaspora
African Theatre and Performance and Globalisation
African Theatre and Performance and the Nation State
African Theatre and New Media Technologies
Performance Arts Enterprise in Africa
Theatre and Social Change
Collaborations / New Partnerships
New Writings, emerging practitioners, forms and practices
Professionalisation and professional Theatres
The future of the Performance Arts in Africa: challenges and opportunities
In addition to those listed above the organisers will consider other relevant sub-themes from contributors.
We invite proposals and abstracts of approximately 250 words to be forwarded by email to the conference conveners:
Dr Jumai Ewu: Jumai.Ewu@Northampton.ac.uk
Dr Victor Ukaegbu: Victor.Ukaegbu@Northampton.ac.uk
The deadline for submission of Abstract/Proposal is Friday 27 February 2009.
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