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IUTA World Congress - Theatre Pedagogy

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IUTA 8th World Congress – Theatre and Pedagogy

Monday 28 June 2010 – Friday 2 July 2010, The Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom

The International University Theatre Association was established at Université de Liège (Belgium) in 1994 to develop and promote theatre training, creation, and theoretical and practical research, at the level of university or higher studies. The IUTA is present in every continent and has members in over fifty countries.

Designed by and for people from universities and other types of post-secondary learning institutions, the IUTA is a unique forum where teachers, practitioners, creators, scholars and theorists can share discoveries and discuss common concerns. The IUTA provides a space for exchanges and services, and is open to all members of the academic community with an interest in theatre.

The IUTA holds a World Congress every two years and following the successful Congress in Urbino, Italy (2006) and Puebla, Mexico (2008), the 8th World Congress will be hosted by The Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom.

De Montfort University was awarded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning status for its Performance Arts subjects in 2005 and has developed its excellence in this area under the title ‘The Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts’ (CEPA). CEPA supports excellent practice and develops innovative approaches in the teaching of Dance, Drama and Music Technology. In 2007 De Montfort University opened the new PACE Building, a superb range of studios and rehearsal spaces designed specifically for Dance, Drama and Music Technology teaching and learning activities.

The theme of the 2010 Congress is Theatre and Pedagogy

This Congress seeks to provide a forum for the exchange of a wide range of global practices relating to theatre pedagogy within our universities. Our aim is to highlight recent debates, initiatives and innovative approaches to learning and teaching in theory and practice, encompassing pedagogy and theatre history, performance theory and analysis, alongside the role of performance in all its contexts and uses in university theatre education.

Call for Papers, Panels, Lecture-Demonstrations, Workshops and Performances

The conference offers a variety of opportunities for contributors to explore and share new and emerging practices, critical approaches and discources relating to the theme. The event will include academic papers, themed panels, lecture-demonstrations, workshops and student performances taking place throughout the 5 days of the congress.

Questions of interest to contributors relating to teaching theatre within our universities might include, but are not limited to:

  • What are the ethical implications or considerations?
  • How do we deal with political and cultural complexities?
  • What is the impact of, and impact on, places and spaces?
  • How should we utilise new technologies and new media?
  • What is the relationship between pedagogic practices and employability?
  • How does our pedagogic practice impact upon vocational practice and vice versa?
  • What are the key skills which underpin learning in our subject area?

The IUTA Executive Committee has also requested that one half-day session of the Congress is dedicated to the work of Augusto Boal, who had a particular relationship with the organisation. Therefore contributions are also welcome regarding recent developments or practices relating to Pedagogy and the Theatre of the Oppressed.

All proposals must be received by 9 November 2009.

Click here to download the Submission Form as a MS Word document  

Submission Guidelines

All presenters and Congress attendees must be members of the IUTA. Membership is included in the Conference fee as appropriate – see the Registration page.

The official languages of the IUTA are French, Spanish and English. You should submit and deliver your proposal in one of these three languages. Student performances may be delivered in any language.

Individual Papers should not exceed 20 minutes for presentation. Please submit a 500 word abstract with the Submission Form.

Panels consisting of three presenters may be proposed. Submit a 250 word rationale for the panel in addition to the individual paper proposals for each presenter (500 words each as indicated above). Please send all documents together with the Submis
sion Form.

Workshops and Lecture-Demonstrations may run for up to 60 minutes. Please submit a 500 word abstract with the Submission Form. Also provide space, time, audio-visual and any other practical or resource requirements.

Student Performances may run for a maximum of 90 minutes and with a maximum cast number of 8. Please submit a 500 word abstract with the Submission Form and any supporting documentation (for example Youtube or similar website links with images or video extract of the proposed performance or previous performance work examples). Clearly indicate how the performance is related to the theme of the Congress. Also provide space, time, audio-visual and any other practical or resource requirements.

Please note that accommodation and some subsistence will be provided for student performance groups from outside the UK for the dates of the Congress. These groups will also not be required to pay the Congress fee and will have free access to papers, workshops and Leicester performances.

City of Leicester

Leicester is a key historical city.  It retains some of its medieval buildings, 14th and 15th century churches and associations with the English monarchy and parliament.

Now, it is a modern multi-cultural community with a thriving artistic life. £3 million regeneration has created a huge shopping centre and a newly developed cultural quarter with the world class Curve Theatre and the Phoenix Square digital media centre.

To find out more about Leicester click on our DMU Leicester Guide

Congress Cultural Activity

Shakespeare’s Stratford and Royal Shakespeare Company Performance

Delegates of the Congress will be given the opportunity to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, and a performance in Stratford-upon-Avon by the Royal Shakespeare Company. This is an optional activity upon payment of an additional fee.

Congress Schedule

A full schedule will be posted on the website following the submissions process. However, currently it is proposed to open registration on Monday 28 June at 9.00, with the Opening Event at 11.30. It is also currently envisaged that the last Congress papers/workshops will finish at 16.00 on Friday 2 July and close with a performance and social gathering finishing at 22.00 – 23.00 that evening.

Any questions about the conference should be addressed to lbarnsley@dmu.ac.uk

More information:
The International University Theatre Association (IUTA)
De Montfort University
The Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts (CEPA)