In 2003 Martin Banham, in his review of Frances Harding’s The Performance Arts in Africa: A Reader, proclaimed that: ‘The study of African theatre and performance has now firmly established itself throughout the academic world’. The truth of this statement is attested to by the numerous anthologies and books written about African theatre and performance within the first few years of the 21st century.
But what really is the place of African performance; theatre, dance, music and film, within the academy? What is the relationship between the ‘academic world’ and African theatre and performance? What, or whose purposes do our curriculums serve? How do our scholarship and theatre and performance practices intersect? What is the state of performing arts education in Africa and its Diaspora? What is taught/and not taught about African theatre and performance in different parts of the world? What of the question of language in African theatre and performance scholarship? The barriers of indigenous languages and divisions of Lusophone, Francophone and Anglophone.
These and other related questions generated by the sub-themes listed below are the focus of the 8th African Theatre Association’s (AfTA) annual conference to be hosted by the School of Performing Arts,University of Ghana, Accra, July 9th -12, 2014.
Emerging canons of African theatre and performance: innovations and developments in African theatre and performance curricula
Histories and trajectories of African theatre and performance
Researching African and African diaspora theatre and performance: Emerging/shifting theories
Vestiges and continuities: African and African diaspora theatre and performance
Research as Performance/Performance as Research in Africa
Negotiations of African identities through Performance in the Diaspora
African Diaspora artists, playwrights, composers, choreographers and performers
Innovations and experiments in technical design in Africa
Literary theatre versus popular theatre
Theatre enterprises: Commercialisation of contemporary African performance
Demands of Theatre management and administration
Film and filmmakers in Africa: Challenging the African narrative in film
Maintaining/transforming the indigenous identity in performance within the literary environment
We welcome abstracts for papers, of up to 250 words on any aspect of the theme and sub-themes. We also encourage proposals for performed presentations, workshops, film screenings and exhibitions/installations.
Deadline for submission of abstracts and proposals: 28 February 2014
For enquiries and questions about this conference, please contact the conference conveners:
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