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CALL FOR PAPERS for the Scenography Working Group

cabe-FirtRe-Routing Performance / Re-caminant l’escena
IFTR/FIRT International Federation for Theatre Research
Annual Conference Barcelona 2013, SPAIN
22nd – 26th July, 2013

Inspired by the complex rhizome of fluid paths and unequal encounters that have shaped the local cultures of the Mediterranean, 2013 FIRT/IFTR wants to consider the routes of performance. The conference’s theme, “re-routing performance”, seeks to provide a forum where the ideas of process, journey, and ongoing redefinition take particular precedence. The conference theme invites us to explore the journeys of theatrical forms and conventions in a variety of historical periods, geographical regions, and cultural communities. Likewise, it encourages us to consider the different paths for creative practice and audience reception. It also calls for a reflection on the changing perspectives regarding theatrical performance, even with respect to defining the very limits of our field. Thus, the routes and journeys that we seek to explore are not only geographical, historical, or sociopolitical, but also creative, intellectual, methodological, and philosophical.
We encourage you visit the conference website for further information on suggested themes and topics  . (excerpt from the official conference website)

The Scenography Working Group (SWG) is seeking proposals that will respond to the conference theme, Re-routing Performance, from a perspective that specifically addresses scenography in all performing arts (including dance, film, puppet and object theatre, performance art, etc.). We are particularly interested in papers and presentational material that will engage with one or more of the following foci:

  • Scenographic practice: sources, stimuli, fusion, development, diversification, departure and disintegration
  • Paths of transmission in practice and training: from historical and contemporary viewpoints, in analog and digital communities
  • Scenographic conventions and their development, transformation and appropriation into new realities
  • Routes of Performance: Scenography on the road in theatrical presentation, touristic performance, paratheatrical events, public entertainments, and migrations or persons and peoples
  • Mapping knowledges with scenographic gestures: exhibit design in museums, galleries, and salons
  • Commercial and Corporate Scenographies: theatrical design at the intersections of economic exchange

These themes are intended as a guide. Proposals need not be limited to these suggested areas. Contact the conveners of the SWG for further information.
Suggested general themes from the conference website (@ 09/12/12):
Roots and Routes | Genealogical revisions | Comparative analysis
Genealogy vis-à-vis concept of journey
Sanctioned legacies | Departures from the source | Transmission
Historical Journeys and Transformations
Development of conventions | Acting schools. Directing schools
Travel and Performance
Travelling troupes | tourist performances | Festival circuits
International touring
Performance and Commerce
Commercial routes and performance | Business and performance


Abstracts are to be submitted via the abstract submission page. To go directly to this page:

Please also copy your abstract to Professor David Vivian (dvivian ‘at’ for distribution to the conveners of the SWG. In both instances the abstracts must be received by 31 January 2013.

The process for accepting abstracts will be competitive. The conveners of the Working Group, Dr. Dominika Larionow, Dr. Valerie Kaneko-Lucas, and Prof. David Vivian will review all abstracts. A limited selection of presentations will be programmed into the Working Group meeting times. (still being determined at the time of writing this CFP). The working groups are tentatively scheduled to meet throughout the conference period, from Monday, July 22 until Friday, July 26, 2013.

The SWG offers an opportunity to present and engage with a limited number of participants who are both practitioners and theorists. Presenters and observers are welcome to participate. It is expected that observers will be registered for the conference and will be presenting in the general programme. If you wish to participate as an observer please send a brief request to Professor David Vivian (dvivian ‘at’ so that you may be added to the SWG mailing list and provided access to SWG meeting documentation. The SWG will also convene a business meeting for all members and guests during the conference period.

We invite a range of styles and formats for your presentation, from the more traditional academic writing to theorised, media-rich formats. Each panelist is given a 20 min time to present their paper, including any audiovisual or practical demonstration, plus an additional 10 min for Q&A with the audience. Please, restrict the duration of your paper presentations to 20 min.

Those selected to present at the meetings of the SWG will be asked to make their presentation or paper available to all group members before the conference. The conveners will provide a secure online environment for the distribution of the presentation material. In order to give presenters and observers sufficient time to prepare to engage at the meetings in Barcelona we request that whenever possible all material be posted before 01 July, 2013.

We will also be proposing a panel from the SWG to the main conference program. The panel will be based on the same Working Group call. If you wish to be considered for the panel rather than for presentation in the working group meetings please indicate this clearly in your abstract submission.


Abstracts may be submitted until 31st January, 2013.

The maximum length for the abstract submission is 300 words.
Please indicate the equipment requirements for your presentation.

All abstracts, as well as the live panels during the conference, MUST be presented in English or French. Each abstract corresponds to a certain type of presentation. You will choose a category and specify in the submission which one applies to your abstract. Only one presentation is allowed per person, so you must decide where to send your submission: General Panel, New Scholars Forum or Working Groups.

Working Groups

Please note that in order to submit an abstract for consideration you must be a member of IFTR/FIRT for the year 2013.

Membership registration, conference registration and abstract submission are handled by Cambridge University Press on behalf of IFTR/FIRT.

Participants will be informed of the status of their proposal to the SWG between February 20 and March 01, 2013. Conference registration will open in March 2013, after all abstracts have been received and accepted.


- general Call for Papers:
- Appel à Communications en français:
- to join or renew your IFTR/FIRT membership, submit an abstract, or register for the conference:
- you may find additional information about this Working Group here:

We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona in 2013!

Dr. Dominika Larionow larionow ‘at’
Dr. Valerie Kaneko-Lucas lucasv ‘at’
Prof. David Vivian dvivian ‘at’
Co-Convenors of the Scenography Working Group IFTR/FIRT

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NEW CFP RELEASED: please see this PDF

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Current Innovative Research in Theatre Design

Conference on Scenography
Prague, 19-21 October, 2012

The conference will be held under the auspices of the Arts and Theatre Institute (ATI) in Prague, in collaboration with the Scenography Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research (FIRT/IFTR) and will take place at the Arts and Theatre Institute in Prague.

The aim of the conference is to explore issues of foremost significance in theatre research today and pertaining to space design in performing arts (we consider all visual elements of performance space—except movement of actors/dancers—as part of space design). Our goal is to go beyond the descriptive “performance review” and try to elucidate the impact of the latest findings in neuroscience as well as the impact of the use of visual multimedia on our approach to scenography research. How should we explore the rich diversity of the technologies used today in performing arts, what methodology can be of help and what are its tools, how can neuroscience help both the practitioner and the researcher? How can present day methodologies help us in our investigations both of the present and of the past? What is the impact of the ever-growing dramatic role of space on the other components of the performance and on the audience?

You are invited to take an active part in our investigation and discuss the issues mentioned above in connection with your current research work. Please e-mail a proposal of no more than 250 words for a 20 minute paper (including visual material) and a one paragraph CV by May 31, 2012 to the attention of the conference coordinator Dr. Irene Eynat-Confino (Tel-Aviv University, Member of the FIRT Scenography Working Group and past Member of the Executive Committee of FIRT) at

Authors of accepted papers will be notified via email by June 15, 2012. Once the proposal is accepted, the participant will proceed to registration via e-mail. The registration fee is 60 Euros, to be paid on arrival in Prague.

The papers will be considered for publication in Theatre Arts Journal: Studies in Scenography and Performance.

Contact email:
Deadline for submissions: May 31, 2012


Designing the Performance Spaces 22 to 26 June, 2011, Prague CZ
This international conference coincides with the Prague Quadrennial 2011, and is prepared by the Arts and Theatre Institute Prague and the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, in association with the Scenography Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research. Brought together under the umbrella of global scenographic practice for theatrical, visual, events and exhibition design, this conference invites theatre professionals and scholars to dialogue on historical and contemporary trends concerned with the creation of meaning through visual, spatial, and aural design of performance and presentational spaces. DOWNLOAD THE CFP in PDF format

Please watch for an upcoming CFP from the SWG for:
Osaka, during the annual meeting of the IFTR, August 7-12: Tradition, Innovation, Community


We convened in Munich (DE) for the FIRT-IFTR 2010 conference Cultures of Modernity.
In 2010 we also collaborated with Regent’s College and STR (Society for Theatre Research) for a small conference in London (UK), Scenography Stages the Nation.

The Scenography Working Group met at the IFTR/FIRT 2009 conference in Lisbon, Portugal:
Silent Voices/Forbidden Lives: Censorship and performance. July 14 to 17th, 2009:
We invited submissions related to the main conference theme and our mission statement,

See the NEWS page for more details.

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