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Applied and Social Theatre Working Group : Open Call for Papers

The Applied and Social Theatre Working Group is one of the longest standing groups in TaPRA, and celebrated its 10th anniversary along with the organisation in 2014. As the outgoing conveners hand over to a new team at this year’s conference we find ourselves in a reflective mood. Discussions to date have been wide ranging and past themes and concerns from all past conferences and interim events have included responses to ideas around

*heroism * craftsmanship * aesthetics * histories and geographies * well-being * impact *value * slowness * practice research

For the TaPRA Conference at the University of Bristol in 2016, the Applied and Social Theatre Group would like to keep conversations wide-ranging and we offer 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:

  • How and where might applied and social theatre locate its practices and approaches within the field of socially engaged art?
  • What are the implications for applied and social theatre within what has been called the ‘second wave’ of practice as research where the prepositions (as, with, through etc.) are increasingly being abandoned in favour of pursuing practice research?
  • How best might applied and social theatre respond to recent trends for the co-production of knowledge encouraged by research funders?
  • Where might applied and social theatre find new and future friends and allies particularly as funding for research becomes more precarious?
  • What responses can / should applied and social theatre research offer to changing political and educational landscapes?
  • What, if anything, might the Applied and Social Theatre Working Group be looking at in 2026?

In addition to responses to any of the above areas, we would also welcome papers that continue discussions from the most recent AST interim event, exploring the varying relationships between the researcher and contemporary practice / practitioners in applied and social theatre.

Proposals, of no longer than 300 words, should be emailed to Kat Low ( no later than 18th April 2016. Please also include a short biography (100 words max). Proposals might include 20 minute papers or 10 minute provocations. If anyone would like to propose ideas for panel presentations or make suggestions for a themed panel, either for the Applied and Social Theatre Working group or for collaboration with another working group then please let us know. Please include name, status and institutional affiliation at the beginning of all proposals. We aim to respond to all proposals by 9th May 2016.

Only one proposal may be submitted for the TaPRA 2016 Conference at the University of Bristol. 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 7th August 2016, we will deem you no longer intend to participate and present at TaPRA 2016.

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