The Performing Audience Research Network

A resource for people interested in live performance audiences

CfP: A Forum on the Art of Participation

A Forum on the Art of Participation: What are the Aesthetics of Taking Part?

7th – 8th May 2016
Jarman Building, Canterbury campus, University of Kent

Deadline for proposals: 16th March 2016

If you would like to take part then please send

  • A short statement expressing the reasons for your interest
  • A bit about your background
  • A proposal of your contribution to the conversation (such as a workshop, short presentation, a set of questions you would like to discuss, a scratch or fully-formed performance, or something else).


All this should be no more than 500 words in total and should include any technical requirements for your contribution. There is a small production budget, so if your proposal includes any material costs then please include a breakdown of these with your statement. Send your submission to Decisions will be made with a view to creating a diverse conversation with a wide variety of contributions.

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CfP: Theatre, Performance, and Audiences: Ways of Spectating in Antiquity

Theatre, Performance, and Audiences: Ways of Spectating in Antiquity

5th – 8th January 2017
CAMP Panel, 2017 SCS Meetings in Toronto

Deadline for proposals: 15th March 2016

Please send abstracts that follow the guidelines by email to Timothy Wutrich: Review of abstracts will begin March 1.  Please do not identify yourself anywhere in the abstract, as submissions will be blind refereed.

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CfP: The Fan Studies Network Conference 2016

The Fan Studies Network Conference 2016

25th – 26th June 2016
University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Deadline for proposals: 28th February 2016

Send enquiries/abstracts to: Please include up to three keywords for your submission and a short biographical note.

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CfP (Conference): IFTR 2016

International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) 2016
Stockholm University, Sweden: 13th – 17th June 2016

Presenting the Theatrical Past: Interplays of Artefacts, Discourses and Practices

Deadline for proposals: 15th January 2016

Abstracts should be submitted to the IFTR website.

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CfP (Conference): Audience, Experience, Desire

Audience, Experience, Desire: Interactivity and Participation in Contemporary Performance & the Cultural Industries

Fri 29 ­ – Sat 30 January 2016

University of Exeter, Drama Department

Deadline for proposals: 20th November 2015

To apply, please send a paper abstract or performance outline of max. 250 words, and indicate any technical requirements you may have. Contact Becca Savory Fuller & Bec Fraser:

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CfP (Symposium): Autism and Comedy

Autism and Comedy Symposium, 30th January 2016, University of Kent, UK.

Deadline for proposals: 1st November 2015 (250 words)
Conference: Tues 30th January 2016, University of Kent, UK.

Please send an abstract of around 300 words, along with a short biography, to Shaun May at

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CfP (Journal): Thinking about Censorship Differently

Special Issue of Participations: The International Journal of Audience & Reception Research

Deadline for proposals: 31st October 2015 (250 words)
Notifications of acceptance: 30th Nov 2015
First draft deadline: 1st May 2016
Final draft deadline: 1st September 2016 (following peer review)
Publication: Nov 2016

Email abstracts to Please title the email “Participations Special Issue – your last name.”

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CfP (Journal): Out With Dance – In with the Public Realm

Special Issue of Choreographic Practices (Intellect Press)

Deadline for proposals: 15th October 2015 (200 words)
Publication: It is our intention to publish this special issue as either the spring or autumn issue in 2017.

Please send contributions to: If you have any questions about the theme or focus of your submission please, in the first instance, contact Claire Hicks (Guest editor for special issue): If you have more general questions about Choreographic Practices or how to submit, contact Courtney Hopf at:

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CfP (Journal): Sounds Good / Good Vibrations

Special Issue of Theatre & Performance Design

Deadline for proposals: 1st October 2015 (350-500 words)
Notifications of acceptance: Sent out w/c 6th July.
First draft deadline: 1st May 2016
Publication: Autumn/Winter 2016 (following peer review)

Email abstracts to Claire Mokrauer-Madden at

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CfP (Festival & Symposium): Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA)

Where are the Pioneers? ON THE EDGE of Practice & Research. Festival and Symposium, July 2016, Birmingham UK.

Deadline for proposals: 30th September 2015 (250 words)
Conference: July 2016, Birmingham UK

Submitting a Proposal for Review: There are two forms, a Proposal Form and a Details of Proposer form. These can be downloaded from the On The Edge website where there are also details of where proposals should be submitted.

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This website has been set up by audience researchers focusing on live performance, to provide a point of contact for scholars interested in audiences and spectatorship.

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