CFP for 2014

please see the current CFP pagewe look forward to receiving submissions for the World Congress in Warwick.  Please contact dvivian @ for more information.


CFP for 2013

please see the current CFP page

submissions have been received by the SWG – we are very excited about the upcoming conference presentations!


CFP for 2012

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


recent activity as of June 2012

The Scenography Working Group did not convene at IFTR Santiago, Chile.  Many of us were managing a summer of HE/PSE cutbacks including research support.We are in the process of completing our edited book on Designing the Performance Space which is published by the Czech Art and Theatre Institute (formerly Czech Theatre Institute).  Some of us will be presenting at the Current Innovative Research in Theatre Design conference (Prague 18-21 Oct 2012), although this is not an official Working Group meeting.  We plan to be at IFTR Barcelona 2012.

CFPs for 2011

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.

Conference program information can be found here and photographs here:

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


recent activity through 2010

Recent conference activity has included:

  • The New Space of Authenticity at Charles University, Prague (CZ) 2007, part of the programming of the Prague Quadrennial;
  • a meeting in Seoul as part of the FIRT-IFTR 2008 Conference Re-Constructing Asian-ness(es) in the Global Age;
  • in Lisbon, (PT) we convened for The Politics of Theatre Space: Censorship and other Constraints, part of the FIRT-IFTR 2009 conference Silent Voices Forbidden Lives: Censorship and Performance - we invited submissions related to the main conference theme and our mission statement,
  • in Munich during the IFTR World Congress Cultures of Modernity (2010: theme: Stage Spaces and Modernity, 13 papers);
  • in July 2010 members also participated with the conference Scenography Stages the Nation (London UK: Regent’s College and The Society for Theatre Research).


2009 Annual Meeting Report and December Newsletter

a recent e-letter: SWG Newsletter Dec 2009

report from our meeting in Lisbon in 2009


New website at the IFTR!

IFTR has launched a new updated web site. Part of that site will allow for IFTR Working Group Message Boards. The Message Board provides access for only those members signed up for a particular working group by its convenor. The working group members can use the Message Board as the primary medium for discussing topics of interest in that group. You must be an IFTR member to participate in a working group, and you may be a member of only one working group. Please contact the working group convenor to join its Message Board. You may see the message board here: