2016 African Theatre Association Conference: Shifting Paradigms in African Theatre and Performance

July 21, 2016 to July 24, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Theatre & Performance History / Studies, Humanities

Conference : Paradigm Shifts in African Theatre

Theatre and Performance have developed along several major lines of enquiry in Africa over the last six decades from responses to the relegation and later restoration of its indigenous forms in the wake of political independence across the continent, to having to re-define the concepts and interpretations of theatre and performance, occasionally in order to calibrate new ideas and emerging trends within the field or as response to developments elsewhere in the world. In the process, African theatre and performance have not only had to re-conxtextualize and reposition itself for its primary audience, it has had to accommodate an ever-expanding discourse and praxis of new forms, theories, and methodologies. While some of the old and new performative and performance territories have been explored and investigated endlessly, others such as Nollywood, KinaUganda and the recent growths of especially women writers and practitioners and of political performances in West and North Africa continue to attract scholarly interest and worthy of further interrogation. The conference, themed ‘Paradigm Shifts in African Theatre and Performance’ aims to track these paradigm shifts from different perspectives, and will be structured around panels/papers/performed presentations that open up far-wider discussions on each sub-theme and the challenges, and connections or their absence regarding the various developments and shifts in theatre and performance in Africa, locally, nationally, regionally, continentally and globally.

You are invited to submit abstracts for the 2016 AfTA Annual International Conference taking place at the University of Abuja, Nigeria. Your topic should address any one or related sub-themes and can be presented in any form; as a paper, workshop, field research notes, discussion, performance, etc.


  • Trends in Playwriting in Africa
  • Movements and Developments in Play and Film Directing
  • Performance Theories and Criticism in African Theatre
  • African Theatre and Cybernetics
  • Emerging Trends / Perspectives in Scenography
  • Shifts in Gender and Women Studies
  • Nollywood and Identity Formation in African Performance
  • Technology and Film, Television and New Media
  • Social Media and African Performance
  • Ecocriticism and Theatre and Performance in Africa
  • Trends in Choreography and Dance Art
  • Issues in Theatre-in-Education
  • Management and Marketing of African Performances
  • Folk Performance and New Media
  • Concept and Practice of African Diaspora Theatre
  • Issues in Dramatherapy and Theatre for Development (TFD)
  • African Music Aesthetics
  • African Performance and the Audience.

To submit an abstract or proposal, send up to 250 words on any aspect of the theme or subthemes to the conference convener:

Professor Mabel Evwierhoma: conferences@africantheatreassociation.org

Deadline for Abstracts: 31 March 2016

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

Contact Info: 
The 2016 African Theatre Association Conference shall be hosted by Department of Theatre Arts, University of Abuja, Nigeria from July 21-24. Abstracts are to be submitted to: conferences@africantheatreassociation.org

Enquiries should be to: aftaconference2016@gmail.com

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Contact Info: 

Convener: Professor Mabel Evwierhoma Department of Theatre Arts, University of Abuja. 

LoC Chairman Dr. Kwakhondo Agber Department of Theatre Arts

University of Abuja.