2013 Conference

What is African Theatre and Performance?

2013 AfTA Annual International Conference

Goldsmiths, University of London & University of Derby, United Kingdom
 11-14 July 2013

Conference Conveners:
Dr Sam Kasule (University of Derby) and Prof. Osita Okagbue (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Call for papers

What is African Theatre and Performance?  is an African Theatre Association conference hosted by Goldsmiths, University of London and the University of Derby to be held July 11 – 14, 2013. The conference, which will convene keynote speakers presentations on African and African Diasporic theatre and performance, is the first one to focus on the theory of African performance.

The aim of the conference is to investigate the complex issues surrounding the theorisation of African performance and theatre – papers are invited which address, among other things, its production, construction, staging, appreciation and criticism. The conference will be structured around panels/papers/performed presentations that offer disciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches in the hope of opening up discussion and new routes for research in a number of interrelated areas in the field of African and African diasporic theatre and performance.

Potential topics could be on/from:

  • Audiences in/of African Theatre and Performance
  •  (Post)Colonial Theatre and Performance
  • Indigenous vs Contemporary performance
  • African Ritual Theatre
  • Rural and Urban Performances
  • Play and Performance
  • Presentation and Representation
  • Languages of Performance
  • Scenography in African theatre
  • Performance spaces/Proxemics in African theatre
  • Theatre and Performances of the African Diasporas
  • African Dance, Music and Theatre and the Idea of Play and Performance in Africa

 It asks how do we ‘feel’, ‘sense’, ‘know’, ‘describe’, ‘judge’ ‘memorise’ African performance? How do its ‘intensities’ register and circulate? What forms or language do we use or have we used to articulate, encode, debate and record these feelings, memories, judgements, sensings, knowledge? Is there a uniquely African understanding or sensibilities of theatre and performance?


Submission deadline: 14th February 2013

To submit you abstract or proposal click on the ABSTRACTS SUBMISSION link on the right

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