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As the conference committee has sent you acceptance Emails, you have received it, the IFTR annual conference in Belgrade will be held on 9 to 13 July, 2018. And also the Asian Theatre WG meeting will be held there keeping on plan. We have actually 16 papers in this time. The conference has set 7 slots of WG sessions during the conference, we are thinking to allocate all presentations to 6 slots, 9 to 12 July. It means, we should include two or three presentations in a slot, 90 minutes.

The way of the meeting is as usual, means, we explain briefly about your papers at first 5 to 10 min., after that we go straight to discussion on the paper. In order to do this, we should circulate our papers to all participants and read them in advance. So we like to ask you to prepare your papers and presentations as below.

The finished paper, or even draft is OK, but should be not over 4000 words and sent to conveners, Mitsuya Mori, morimit@seijo.ac.jp, and Yasushi Nagata, nagatays@let.osaka-u.ac.jp, until 20 June, 2018. Please keep the deadline.

The allocation of papers is tentative so far as below though, we will have some cancelation just before the conference. As attached the conference program, we hope this helps to your trip or plan.

Schedule Tentative,
1st Session, 9 July, 900-1030
Tsk-Chung Su, Meewon Lee, Hyunshik Ju,

2nd Session, 9 July, 1100-1230
Sir Anril Pineda Tiatco, Jessica Yeung, Jung-joo Choi,

3rd Session, 10 July, 1400-1530
Kei Hibino, Tomoko Goto

4th Session, 11 July, 1400-1530
Michael Ingham & Kaoru Nakao, Wei Feng, Balakrishna Pillai Anandha Krishnan,

5th Session, 900-1030
Sebum Sozer Ozdemir, Ursala Maya Tangeberg

6th Session, 12 July, 1600-1730
Tapati Gupta, Yasushi Nagata, Anna Thuring
General Discussion of our WG’s future


Just finished #IFTRASIA2018, 21-23 February, in University of Philippine Diliman. It was a huge success. The conference focused on theme, Bodies in/and Asian Theatres. The conference was held as IFTR Regional Conference under the collaboration with Asian Theatre Working Group. We are grateful Prof. Sir Anril Pineda Tiatco, Organizer. Thanks to Anril's efforts, the ATWG could contribute to this meaningful conference. Around 60 papers including some keynote speeches were delivered in the conference and also substantial discussion was held. They suggested enough to create some new perspectives of theatre studies in Asia. As the ATWG held two plenary panels in this time, really wonderful and attractive, thank you for all the panelists and discussants. We will hold next Asian Theatre WG meeting in the IFTR Belgrade Conference July, 2018. We expect to be much more attractive for many participants. Anyway, thank you again, Anril and concerned persons at University of the Philippines, Diliman, for all your efforts to hold this wonderful conference.


Asian Theatre Working Group Sao Paulo Meeting ended successfully three weeks ago. I'm sorry for the delay. I was very busy ending semester matters and many meetings as usual. There were no many participants from Asian cities this time though, the meeting was really lovely. We learned and discussed deeply each topics and papers. Sao Paulo was multiracial city as you know, especially many Japanese immigrants resided there and very impressed that they formed large Japanese community. We didn't visit many theatre performance though, I do like to enjoy Japanese theatre performance next time. And we have a good announcement. As we have circulated Call for Paper, many of you are familiar with this, Asian Theatre WG supported IFTR Regional Conference in Manilla next February, 2018. This is jointed conference of our WG, the theme is Bodies in/and Asian Theatres. As you could visit web site of Asian Theatre WG, will you come to join the conference. We will circulate much more detailed information to Members of Asian Theatre WG later. I'm looking forward tossing you in Manila next February! YN from Osaka.

Asian Theatre Working Group Sao Paulo Meeting ended successfully three weeks ago. I'm sorry for the delay. I was very busy ending semester matters and many meetings as usual. There were no many participants from Asian cities this time though, the meeting was really lovely. We learned and discussed deeply each topics and papers. Sao Paulo was multiracial city as you know, especially many Japanese immigrants resided there and very impressed that they formed large Japanese community. We didn't visit many theatre performance though, I do like to enjoy Japanese theatre performance next time. And we have a good announcement. As we have circulated Call for Paper, many of you are familiar with this, Asian Theatre WG supported IFTR Regional Conference in Manilla next February, 2018. This is jointed conference of our WG, the theme is Bodies in/and Asian Theatres. As you could visit web site of Asian Theatre WG, will you come to join the conference. We will circulate much more detailed information to Members of Asian Theatre WG later. I'm looking forward tossing you in Manila next February! YN from Osaka.


CALL FOR PAPERS

Joint International Federation for Theatre Research Regional Conference (IFTR-Asia) and Asian Theatre Working Group Colloquium 2018

A growing interest in the body as a starting point of discourse is seen in the past decades. Even theatre studies has been involved on scrutinising the body as an important performance aspect. In Western theatre practice, physical theatre is a well-articulated practical approach for understanding the body vis-à-vis theatre and performance. However, the increasing number of the most influential theorizations and conceptualizations has primarily, if not exclusively, focused on how the cultures in the West (Europe and the Americas) conceive it.

Taking the cue from Bryan Turner and Zheng Yangwen, it is important to note that peoples in Asia have experienced colonisation, decolonization and now globalisation albeit different modalities. These contexts, as suggested by Turner and Zheng, are important socio-political and historical factors for understanding the Asian body. With this, Bodies in/and Asian Theatres is envisioned to contribute to the study of the body, particularly its functions and placements in the different performances in the Asian region.

On the occasion of Kat(h)awan [a contraction of katha (creative creation) and katawan (body)] or the celebration of the University of the Philippines Diliman Month 2018 vis-à-vis the National Arts Month in the Philippines in February, Bodies in/and Asian Theatres invokes the Asian bodies as creative and critical entities.

The Joint 2018 Asian Theatre Working Group Colloquium and International Federation for Theatre Research Regional Conference (IFTR-Asia) attempts to answer these general questions: What do we mean when we talk about bodies in Asian theatres and performances? What do we mean when we talk about Asian bodies in different performances outside the region? How does theatre affect the way we think about the bodies of Asians?

Possible sub-themes include but not limited to the following:

  • The Spectacularization of the Body in Asia (What does it mean when we think of the acrobatics in China, the thaipusam devotees in Malaysia and Singapore, ta’ziyeh devotees in the Middle East, the magdarame or self-flagellants in the Philippines as actors/performers? What is the implication of associating Asian rituals involving bodily spectacles or self-inflicted pains as theatre and performance?)
  • Performing Queer Asian Bodies (What does it mean to be an "Asian Queer" vis-à-vis theatre and performance? What is the relationship of the queer and the body in Asian performances?)
  • Performing Displaced Bodies (Issues on representing the Asian immigrant/emigrant in theatre and performance. What is the implication of being Asian in Euro-American theatre?)
  • Gendered Bodies. (What are the representations and ideologies of the masculine and feminine bodies in Asian Theatre and Performance? What does it mean when the masculine body is performed by a female body or vice versa?)
  • Asian Bodies Recuperated (Many theorizations in theatre, performance and cultural studies took inspiration from performing bodies of Asians, issues and implications of such theories in general critical thinking)
  • Disembodiments (What does it mean when a body is treated as a formless creature in Asian societies?)
  • The Body as Medium (When the body is treated as a "medium" in theatre and performance, what does it mediate?)
  • Asian Corporeality and/in Choreography (Body-centered performance practices in Asia also provide vital sites for exploring the convergence of thought and action)
  • The Asian Body as Method (Exploring the possibility of the body – the Asian body – in performance as a starting point of philosophising and intellectualising)

Dates to Remember:

Submission of Abstract 15 August 2017 to 15 September 2017

Notification of acceptance begins on 2 October 2017

Registration opens on 1 November 2017

Conference dates 20 - 23 February 2018

For inquiries, please contact Dr. Sir Anril Pineda TIATCO at sptiatco@up.edu.ph. For members of the Asian Theatre Working Group, please contact Dr. NAGATA Yasushi at nagatays@let.osaka-u.ac.jp.


Asian Theatre WG Sao Paulo Meeting Program

11 July, Tuesday, 9:00~ 11:00  

Meewon Lee

De-territorialization of Traditional Theatrical Forms among China, Korea and Japan: the Joint Production of the Story of Choonhyang

Galia Petkova

Theatricalities of Power and gender in Traditionla Japanese Drama and Balinese Performance

12, July, Wednesday, 11:00~ 12:30

Kumara Swamy

Making of THR MONKEY KINGS: Experienceing Inter Asian Theatre Ciltures through practice

12:30~14:00  General Meeting WG

12, July, Wednesday, 14:00~15:30

Sir Anril Pineda Tiatco

Performing the Contemporary in Manila: Representing the Domestic Helper or the Dilemma in Staging Social Problem Play

Raina M.K.

Bhands of Kashmir and terrorism

14, July, Friday, 11:00~ 12:30

Tsu-Chung Su

Fillip Zarrilli’s Asian Formula: A critical Study of His Psychophysical Approach to Acting

Yasushi Nagata

Trans-Geographical Trials of the Jokyo Theatre Comapny