Call for Papers  


Theatre and performance on the African continent itself, as well as in the diaspora, have historically been influenced to quite a considerable degree by the Story Teller, the Griot, the Poet, who traditionally has been the keeper of the tales, the maker of the myths, the voice of the culture.

This influence is readily seen in the both the traditional and the modern, in both the urban and the rural, in both the structure and the content, in both the ritual and the autonomous. The 2017 AFTA Annual International Conference, “Many People, Many Cultures, One Humanity: Re-Centering the Poet, Poetry and Performance” invites participants to consider the theatre and performance in our contemporary world, its place in our lives, and the centrality of performance in its various manifestations to our lived experience/reality.

Our theme is concerned with that which informs theatre and performance in Africa, in the Caribbean and in their respective diasporas. It is anticipated that among the themes/issues that papers will address will be those of – threads, movements, theory and criticism, media, practice, dramaturgy, music, dance, poetry, film, new media, design, ritual, meta-narrative, ancestral voices, legacy, identity, language, nationalism, post colonialism, indigenous, traditional and other models of theatre and performance.

Papers are welcome from within specific disciplines, e.g., History, Literature, Cultural Studies, Visual Arts, Film, Dance and Theatre, etc., as well as from across disciplines, and collaborations are especially welcomed.

Intending participants are invited to submit their abstracts (maximum 250 words) for the papers they wish to present to:

The abstract submission deadline now EXTENDED till 15 February 2017.

*Note that abstract acceptance/ invitation letters will only be sent after the submission deadline.

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For enquiries and questions about the conference, please contact the co-conveners:

C. M. Harclyde Walcott ( University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados

Carla Springer (, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados

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