8th Conference of Doctoral Studies in Theatre Practice and Theory

Politics and Community Engagement
in Doctoral Theatre Research

Registration for Visitors

Call for Proposals

The increasing political tension around the globe in many respects poses a challenge to current theatre practice as well as to its scholarly reflection. Being based on live social contact, theatre is a fundamentally political art form as it always takes place within a particular social setting involving particular physically co-existing people.

Considering politics in the most general sense as affairs of the community, it has become obvious that interest in theatre’s political, i.e. participatory, mobilizing and potentially transformative aspects has been increasing both in theatre practice and theory, as well as interest in theatre’s relationship towards the public sphere and the issue of social responsibility. The intensity of theatre’s political engagement has grown on many levels and has been mediated through different genres, often referred to as political theatre“, “documentary theatre”, “radical theatre” or “applied theatre”.

Politically engaged theatre and PhDs

The conference will discuss attitude towards these approaches and topics among the theatre makers and researches who are currently working on their Ph.D.

  • What creative methods do you use when practising politically engaged theatre? With what aims?
  • In what respects do you consider the impact of your theatre work on communities, do you think in terms of social responsibility?
  • How do you apply artistic research approach in the field of politically engaged theatre?
  • Do you see any specifics in the way artistic research projects deal with the political?
  • How do you reflect politically engaged theatre when writing your theoretical thesis about it?
  • Do you develop any innovative method for analysing the political dimension of theatre?

Positioning academia

Even status of academia seems to be challenged by increasingly polarized national political discourses.

  • Do you reflect on the positioning of your alma mater in current situation?
  • How do notions of academic freedom and social responsibility in the academic environment correlate these days in different national and regional contexts?
  • What norms are constructed to define the relationship between academic freedom and social responsibility?

The political in doing PhD

Doctoral studies as a part of social life in academia also involve a multi-layered political dimension. a doctoral student always relies on his/her supervisor and on other teachers. His/her performance and final results are influenced by their capacity for networking and accommodating professional and also personal standards set by the academic staff.

  • Do doctoral studies in theatre support innovative topics and approaches, or are they places of replication rather than of innovation?
  • What are the innovative approaches to structuring doctoral studies that challenge the traditional power-game model?

We welcome proposals for:

Paper presentations (20 min)

Work demonstrations (15-30 min)

Performative lectures (20 min).

Practical Information

Please submit your proposal of no more than 300 words and your brief CV before 31 May 2017. You can register here. Regarding the acceptance, the authors will be notified by 30 June 2017. The refined abstracts and CVs will be posted on the conference website prior to the event.

Not only Ph.D. students but also their supervisors and other teachers from their institutions are welcome to take part in the conference as observers. DIFA JAMU funds accommodation for a maximum of three nights for Ph.D. students-speakers and one supervisor/teacher from every participating institution.

The language of the conference is English, simultaneous interpretation into Czech is provided by the organisers.

Please note that all participants are expected to send full texts of their papers and performative lectures or scenarios of their work demonstrations to the organisers in advance – by 15 October 2017 – to be used as preparatory materials for the interpreters.

Selected papers/lectures will be peer-reviewed and published by JAMU in a collective monograph reflecting the topics of the conference. Regarding the selection, the authors will be notified by 20 November 2017. The selected papers should be submitted for the peer-review process by 10 January 2018.