Call for papers – Birmingham 2016

In July 2016, the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering (AAG) will take place in Birmingham, UK under the banner ‘On the Edge’ focussing the world of TYA on a 9-day feast of shows, workshops, seminars, papers and more from all regions of the world. The artistic gatherings are designed to stimulate and encourage artistic activity and exchange.

AAG16 will provide a space in which all the members of ASSITEJ have the opportunity to engage with the artistic life of the organization and explore their own practice. It will create an opportunity to share, challenge and develop ideas; and to participate in discourse and practical demonstrations from colleagues within the field. Besides a programme of specially chosen productions representing a diverse range of styles and forms of theatre from all continents, the Symposia Strand offers a variety of allied events for delegates to actively engage in and explore exciting developments and innovative practice.

‘On the Edge’ is open to performing arts practitioners and researchers from different countries; performers of all genres and techniques, theatre directors, musicians, theatre designers, playwrights, performing arts academics, arts educators and teachers, theatre critics, arts journalists etc. The organizers invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops, practical demonstrations, panel discussions and seminars addressing the following theme:

Where are the Pioneers? : On the Edge of Research and Practice.

The organizers wish to see submissions which address cutting-edge practice, research and/or theory in the areas of:

  • Inter-disciplinary Practice;
  • The Practitioner as Researcher;
  • Innovative practice;
  • Innovative research.

The festival working language is English.

Presentation formats:

  • practical workshop/master class
  • work in progress/work demonstration
  • interactive talk/lecture/discussion
  • research presentation
  • academic paper
  • other way of demonstration offered by Speaker/Presenter can be considered.

Submitting a Proposal for Review: there are two forms: Proposal Form + Details of Proposer Form

Submission Deadline: Wednesday 30th September 2015 via email to:

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