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Applied and Social Theatre Working Group : An Open Call for Papers

TaPRA Conference 2015, University of Worcester

Applied and Social Theatre Working Group

An Open Call for Papers

2015 is a good year to pause and reflect on the achievements, shifts, concerns, hopes and future directions of research in Applied and Social Theatre. Research in Drama Education is celebrating its twentieth anniversary, prompting a review of the history of the field over the last two decades. At the same time, we are at the furthest point from the next REF, allowing a brief respite from the target-driven constraints and measures of assessment and an opportunity to speculate on research that is urgent, compelling and necessary. Nevertheless, the reality of tightening budgets for both institutions and research funding, along with the general precariousness of the arts and humanities in a HE sector buffeted by political directives, continues to channel research along particular paths.

For the TaPRA Conference at the University of Worcester in 2015, the Applied and Social Theatre Group would like to put out an open Call for Papers, inviting the membership to propose papers and provocations on any aspect of research in the field today. Indicative (but not exhaustive) areas may include:

  • Where next for Applied and Social Theatre? Making the case for necessary research avenues and interests
  • What does the current social and political climate mean for practice and research in the field?
  • Is applied and social theatre now situated in an established tradition of practice and research? If so, what should we maintain and what should we shed?
  • How has the research and experience of the last twenty years informed contemporary thinking about research methodologies?
  • In what ways is research shaped and informed by changes in funding and education policy, and how do we best navigate these changes?

In addition to responses to any of the above areas, we would also welcome papers that continue discussions from the AST interim event on questions of impact and value in arts and humanities research.

Proposals, of no longer than 300 words, should be emailed to Dave Calvert,, no later than 17th April 2015. We will aim to respond to all proposals by 1st May 2105. Please include name, status and institutional affiliation on all proposals.

Only one proposal may be submitted for the TaPRA 2015 Conference at the University of Worcester. It is not permitted to submit multiple proposals or submit the same proposal to several Calls for Papers. All presenters must be TaPRA members, i.e. registered for the conference; this includes presentations given by Skype or other media broadcast even where the presenter may not physically attend the conference venue. If your paper has been accepted, yet you have not registered for the Conference by the final registration deadline of 14th August 2015, we will deem you no longer intend to participate and present at TaPRA 2015.

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