works as the organizing principle and theme for next year’s FIRT/IFTR conference, which will take place in Barcelona from July 22nd to July 26th, 2013.

The title of the conference is a play on words that lays out three main directions for the conference. First, it calls for a consideration of the routes, the paths taken by performance, and the ways we have considered and studied performance so far. It also plays phonetically with the idea of roots (it could have also been Re-Rooting Performance), an invitation to explore and re-examine the origins of performance and even the origin and limits of our own field of enquiry. Thirdly, it plays with the idea of the router, a technological device that drives and directs the zillions of gigabytes of information that make the internet a virtual web of performance practices, a rich environment that challenges the limits of the theatrical and performance arts. It is of course preceded by the all-powerful Re-, a particle that forces us to think anew with open minds. It ends with the title of the conference in Catalan, one of the four official languages of Spain, a language that drives the culture of the beautiful city that hosts this year’s conference: Barcelona.

We invite you to check with more detail The Theme of the conference and the instructions in the Call For Papers that will guide you through the process of sending an abstract proposal.

Join the ride, and come along with us to Barcelona!

Conference Information:

Conference Organizers:
Boris Daussà-Pastor,
Mercè Saumell,

Working Groups CFP

Working Groups lie at the heart of the Federation’s (IFTR/FIRT) scholarly exchanges. The purpose of these on-going groups is to provide sustained scholarly dialogue and continuity of exchange over time. Meeting at the yearly conferences, but sometimes in between as well, the working groups generally develop a program of research on the topic of their choice. Memberships are fluid, but a core of long-term members provide the critical continuity and ongoing developmental leadership.

Groups may be proposed by any Member(s) of FIRT by submitting a proposal to the Executive Committee which clarifies the topic under consideration and maps out a starting procedure and goals (guidelines on how to start a working group can be obtained through the working group contact link – below). The groups exist as long as they are useful, and then may stop meeting when goals are met or members are tired of their programs.

To know more about the Working Group Guidelines and regular procedure to conform one, please click here: Guidelines for Working Groups (english version) (french version)

Abstract submission for Working Group Papers

Each Working Group may propose their own Call For Papers with a theme that follows their own interestes and ongoing work and that may not necessarily be related to the conference theme. Check the information on each Working Group to know about their CFP and contact directly the specific WG convener for further information.

To present abstracts for papers to be presented in Working Groups for 2013 Conference, you must submit your 300 word abstract through this link to the abstracts submission page specifying which Working Group is the one you are interested in applying. For further information on the submission process, please check the Call For Papers section of this website.

Please keep in mind that all abstracts and Panel Presentations MUST be in English or French.

This is the complete list of IFTR/FIRT Working Groups with the links to their most updated information on the IFRT/FIRT website. Most Working Groups meet during the annual conference, please check with each individual Working Group convener for further information.

Drama in/and Performance

Samuel Beckett, download Call for Papers for Barcelona 2013 (deadline December 31st 2012)
Translation, Adaptation, and Dramaturgy, download Call for Papers for Barcelona 2013


Historiography, download Call for Papers for Barcelona 2013 (deadline December 31st 2012)
The Theatrical Event, download Call for Papers for Barcelona 2013

Performing Practices

Performance as Research, download Call for Papers for Barcelona 2013
Creative Processes: Genetic of Performance, download Call for Papers Barcelona 2013
Performance and Consciousness, download Call for Papers for Barcelona 2013

Stage Forms

Choreography and Corporeality, download Call for Papers for Barcelona 2013
Music Theatre, download Call for Papers for Barcelona 2013
Scenography, download Call for Papers for Barcelona 2013
Intermediality in Theatre and Performance, download Call for Papers for Barcelona 2013
Theatre Architecture, download Call for Papers for Barcelona 2013

Theatre and Cultural Studies

  • Queer Futures, download Call for Papers for Barcelona 2013
  • Political Performances, download Call for Papers for Barcelona 2013
  • Performance and Religion, download Call for Papers for Barcelona 2013
  • Popular Entertainments meets in Barcelona. Contact:
  • Arabic Theatre, see here Call for Papers or download here Call for Papers for Barcelona
  • African and Caribbean Theatre and Performance, download Call for Papers Barcelona
  • Feminist Research, download Call for Papers for Barcelona 2013
  • Asian Theatre, download Call for Papers for Barcelona 2013
  • Performance in Public Spaces, download CFP Barcelona 2013 (deadline January 11th 2013)
  • Performance and Disability, download Call for Papers for Barcelona 2013

To know about all existing Working Groups and have access to their websites, which contain all general information, please visit:

General Panels CFP

General Panels respond to the theme of the conference. They are typically composed of three independently proposed papers that share some common aspect (theme, methodology, area of inquiry, geographical focus, etc.). The Conference Organizers make every effort to match papers into coherent panels chaired by scholars versed in the field, therefore it is very important that the abstract you submit clearly reflects the central topic and/or methodology of your paper.

It is not possible to submit proposals for full panels, since the abstract submission process is linked to the individual account of each IFTR/FIRT members. However, if you want to suggest that three particular papers be grouped together in a single panel, you can send an email to after the three panelists have submitted their individual abstracts through the CJO website. In your email please copy the three panelists that would conform the session, include the text of the three abstracts, and give us a title for the panel and a short rationale why these three papers should be grouped as a single panel. The Conference Organizers will make efforts to accommodate such petitions, but conference organization is a complex matter we cannot guarantee it will always be possible.

Each General Panel session lasts for 1h 30 min, it runs concurrently with other General Panels at the conference, and is open to all conference participants. Each panelist is given a 20 min time to present their paper, including any audiovisual or practical demonstration, plus an additional 10 min for Q&A with the audience. Please, restrict the duration of your paper presentations to 20 min, since any additional time would cut on your fellow panelists’ time, who have probably worked as hard as yourself on their papers.

The Chairs of General Panels will be instructed to gently enforce the time restrictions for each panelist in order to allow for open discussion after the presentations, which we feel is one of the most enriching elements of conference interaction. The Chair of each panel may decide at her/his discretion if the open discussion will happen after each paper or after all three presentations. We will make an effort to keep paper presentations at each panel in the order they are published on the conference schedule (make sure you check the notice board every day for any last-minute change).

For general information regarding the process of abstract submission, please check the Call For Papers page. If you are ready to send your abstract, you can go directly to this link to abstract submission (remember you need to be a current IFTR/FIRT member in order to submit your abstract)