世界戏剧研究者联盟大会（International Federal of Theatre Research, 简称IFTR）成立于1957年，旨在通过举办会议和出版刊物的方式为世界各地的戏剧和表演研究者提供一个交流的平台。目前,该组织的所有成员来自五大洲44个国家。在IFTR委员会的组织下，世界戏剧研究者联盟每年举办一个地区性会议，每四年举办一次世界联盟大会，每次都能吸引来自世界各地的近千名戏剧与表演研究者参会。该组织拥有一份世界性顶级刊物《世界戏剧研究》（Theatre Research International），并组织出版了两套丛书《戏剧的主题》（Themes in Theatre）及《国际演出艺术研究》（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