ISTR Conference 2019: Call for Papers

ISTR 2019: Tara Building, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick
May 10th & 11th 2019

Call For Papers:

Conversations Through Time: Intersectional, Intergenerational, Interdisciplinary

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick, Ulster University
Dr. Emilie Pine, University College Dublin


Theatre and performance practices have often been called upon as ways to understand contemporary discourses. Now more than ever academics and theatremakers need to use art and the analyses of various mediums to explore and explain the world in which we live. This conference seeks to provide a platform for discursive practise to allow for conversations on how we engage with, and interpret given narratives, through the broad spectrum of theatre practice and performance types. Through promoting such conversation this conference seeks to generate new links between theatre and performative practice in light of the current international discourse.

In 2019 the ‘Global North’ is in crisis. Between the rise to power of the forty-fifth President of the United States of America Donald Trump, the fallout of Britain’s decision to exit the European Union, the increasing migrant crisis, the presence of extremist terrorist violence, and the growing threat of the ‘alt right’, pressure is mounting on academics and activists to promote full equality amidst narratives of racism, sexism, homophobia and rape culture. We must find new ways to combat old issues. What can we learn from examining the past and what can we discover through contemporary discourse?

The 2019 ISTR conference invites proposals for papers and practice-based presentations focusing on issues of intersectionality, activism and identity, as they relate to contemporary theatre practise and performance studies in Ireland and elsewhere.

Proposals could respond to any of the following themes:

  • Performance of Marginalised Identities
  • Performing Identit(ies)
  • Applied Theatre Practices
  • Nationalism
  • Deconstructing the Canon
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Performance
  • Forgotten/Hidden Histories
  • Political Theatre
  • Sexism and Misogyny
  • Re-imagined Ireland
  • Reclaiming Spaces
  • Performances of Rape Culture

Submission of Abstracts:

Submissions are now being sought for:

  • Paper presentations (20 minutes duration)
  • Research performances (50 minutes duration) – Performances may be by individuals or groups, and should report on research practice, e.g. in the form of devised work, ethno-drama, performance ethnography, etc.
  • Symposia/Roundtables (1 hr duration) – Proposals should address how the symposium/roundtable session will focus on relevant aspects of the conference theme.
  • Poster presentations – A poster is a visual description of a project, prepared for viewing by those attending a conference. Posters can depict research or evaluation findings, outline a research process, or describe a project. Posters will be displayed across the two days of the conference.


  • All submissions should seek to address the conference theme.
  • Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words.
  • A biography of 150 words maximum for each presenter should be included
  • Closing date for receipt of proposals/abstracts is 22/2/2019
  • All presenters will be notified in March 2019
  • Proposals should be submitted in MS Word Format by email directly to

Conference Fees:
Full Fee (including ISTR Membership): €100
Student/Unwaged Fee (including ISTR Membership): €40


A limited number of small bursaries will be available to support postgraduate students who wish to present as part of this event. If you wish to be considered for a postgraduate bursary, then please indicate this in your proposal. Bursaries will be awarded competitively, based on the quality of postgraduate proposals received. These bursaries are courtesy of last year’s host institution, University of Lincoln, and ISTR.

Further Information

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