Call for Papers: Performance and Disability: Routes and Roots

Performance & Disability: Routes & Roots
FIRT/IFTR 2013 in Barcelona, Spain  22 – 26 July 2013

The Performance and Disability Working Group of the International Federation of Theatre Research is soliciting paper proposals for our Working Group from any area of performance studies that intersects with disability studies. This year we will be following the guidance of the conference theme ( and are interested in papers that deal with ‘re-routing performance’. We are particularly interested in views on performance and disability that may ‘re-route’ from dominant discourses or ‘re-route’ performance & disability studies to uncharted or unfamiliar territories.

We welcome perspectives from practice, history or theory in any field or discipline. The goal of this group is to have an international dialogue regarding disability and performance and to share scholarly work and best practices from around the world, traditions, conventions and demonstrations of how diverse physical, sensorial, developmental and psychological abilities manifest in all areas of performance. We are also interested in the impact of performance on policy practice in relation to disability.  We are open to any definition of disability or performance.

Some of the questions we would like to consider in Barcelona include:

  • How does disability re-route performance (on stage or in daily life)?
  • The routes of disability culture (disability and interculturalism)
  • The roots and (re)consideration of abilities in performance
  • The roots & routes of disability (or other identities) and how their intersections manifest in performance practice
  • Physical, sensorial, developmental or psychologically roots in performance practice, theory and history
  • The state of disability theatre, dance, and performance practice in uninvestigated territories
  • Enabling audiences and practitioners
  • Disabling practice and theory
  • The intersections of disability and performance studies

If you would like to submit a paper, please submit your abstract through the FIRT/IFTR website (see details below) and make a note that you are interested in the Performance and Disability Working Group.

The deadline for abstract submission is January 31st 2013, although we encourage interested contributors to submit early.  Please note that you can only submit a paper for EITHER this Working Group, the general panels or as a new scholar. The benefit of submitting to the Working Group is that you will be presenting your work in front of a specialist audience and there is generally more time for discussion and interaction than in the other forums.

If you have any questions about the Working Group, please contact the conveners:
Mark Swetz (English and Spanish):
Yvonne Schmidt (English, French and German):

Abstract submission and IFTR membership must be completed through the CJO website that you need to be a current IFTR/FIRT member in order to send an abstract). Abstract submission and IFTR/FIRT membership renewal are already open.  More information about the conference and themes can be found on

We would also strongly encourage anyone who is qualified to submit work for the New Scholars’ or Helsinki Prizes.  Please note that the application deadline for both the New Scholars’ Prize and the Helsinki Prize is fast approaching on 1 December 2012.  Full details are available on the Prizes webpage:

The deadline to apply for conference bursaries is also 1 December 2012:

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