世界戲劇研究者聯盟大會（International Federal of Theatre Research, 簡稱IFTR）成立于1957年，旨在通過舉辦會議和出版刊物的方式為世界各地的戲劇和表演研究者提供一個交流的平臺。目前,該組織的所有成員來自五大洲44個國家。在IFTR委員會的組織下，世界戲劇研究者聯盟每年舉辦一個地區性會議，每四年舉辦一次世界聯盟大會，每次都能吸引來自世界各地的近千名戲劇與表演研究者參會。該組織擁有一份世界性頂級刊物《世界戲劇研究》（Theatre Research International），并組織出版了兩套叢書《戲劇的主題》（Themes in Theatre）及《國際演出藝術研究》（Studies in International Performance）。
IFTR 2019: Call for Papers
Theatre, Performance and Urbanism
The upcoming IFTR Conference will be held at the Shanghai Theatre Academy from 8 to 12 July, 2019, in Shanghai, China. We sincerely invite you to participate in the conference and exchange ideas on the theme Theatre, Performance, and Urbanism.
Urbanism is a population shift from rural to urban areas. To speak of urbanism is not only to speak of the development of cities but also about new ways of life. Urbanism plays a key role in a range of disciplines, including geography, sociology, economics, urban planning, and public health. The development of theatre is inseparable from the process of urbanization. The changing urban city affects theatrical and performance spaces, styles, contents, and audiences. Theatre plays an important role in the processes of development and nation-building, and it also participates in shaping the cultural image in urban areas.
The process of urbanization -- the rural-to-city path of migration and the growth of cities -- was a global trend in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in the West, but in China, as a developing country, we are still experiencing this process and face a complex situation in the twenty-first century. This might be a similar situation for most developing countries in the world, and some developed countries may still be dealing with problematic consequences resulting from their own histories of urbanization.
Regarding urbanism as the background for the continuing development of theatre, we invite inquiry not only into the transformation and development of theatre from rural areas to the cities, but also into the challenging balance between the past and the present, intangible cultural heritage -- which includes most ancient and traditional theatres -- and contemporary theatre and performance.
In this regard, at this year’s IFTR conference we welcome papers that explore all aspects of theatre, performance, and urbanism. We especially welcome proposals that focus on the relationship between the development of theatre and the retention of performance traditions. Other possible topics include, but are not limited to:
· Theatre, Performance, and Popular Culture
· Theatre, Performance, and Populations
· Theatre, Performance, and Cultural Policy
· Cross-Cultural and Intercultural Theatre and Performance
· Theatre, Performance, and New Media
· Theatre, Performance, and Urban Space
· The Diversity of Theatre in Modern Cities
· Theatre, Performance, and Intangible Cultural Heritage
· Urban Areas and Local Theatre
· Traditional and Avant-garde Theatre and Performance
· Post-dramatic Theatre, Urban Performance, and New Citizens
· Tourism, Theatre, and Performance
· Demolish or Rebuild: Historic Theatres in Modern Cities