CFP Sharing Space II Symposium

Brian Friel Centre, Queen’s University Belfast, Friday, 14thJune 2019

Proposal Deadline: 10thMay 2019

The School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen’s in association with the Irish Society for Theatre Research is holding a one-day symposium on Practice as Research (PaR) processes in the creative arts at the Brian Friel Centre on Friday, 14th June 2019.

The aim of the symposium is to function as a creative colloquium for university PaR researchers to connect and share their work, and to identify important questions that will inform future development of artistic research in a university context.

Following the rich discussions of the symposium’s first iteration last year, we wish to continue exploring how PaR scholars “share space” through interdisciplinary connections and collaborations across different arts practices (e.g. dance, theatre, film, music, sonic arts, visual arts and performance art).

We welcome proposals for presentations connecting with any aspect of our “sharing space” theme. Additionally, in response to the current climate of apprehension and precarity pre-Brexit, and the threatened re-establishment of a “hard” border on the island of Ireland, we are particularly interested in considering:

  • how PaR processes and performances draw attention to conceptual, philosophical, or physical operations of borders in their many manifestations in artistic practice?
  • how PaR work responds to the stasis threatened by borders, frontiers, partitions, or boundaries, and generates thought about how they are negotiated?
  • how the rigidity of division implied by imposed borders might serve as an impetus for motion to connect?
  • how oscillations between binaries (e.g. here|there, inside|outside, us|them) are experienced, made visible, and/or dissolved in artistic processes and performance?

Keynote speakers and workshop facilitators include:

  • artist, writer and educator, Professor Jools Gilson Ellis, Head of School of Music and Theatre, University College Cork
  • composer and independent scholar Dr George Higgs

Sharing Space II is generously supported by funding from Queen’s University Belfast and the Irish Society for Theatre Research. Presentation and participation is free, although spaces are limited.

Bookings here.


Paper presentations are limited to 15 minutes. Proposals for practice demonstrations and other non-standard presentation formats are also accepted. Postgraduate researchers are very welcome.

Please include the following in your proposal:

– Names of presenter(s) and organisational/institutional affiliation(s)

– Technical, space and duration requirements

– Biography (max 100 words)

– Title and type of submission (panel, performance, etc.)

– 300 word abstract/description

A small number of travel scholarships (£50) are available to postgraduates travelling to the symposium from outside Belfast. Please indicate on your proposal if you would like to be considered for a travel scholarship, providing details of your cost of travel.

Proposals should be submitted to the symposium organisers, Dr Aoife McGrath, Paula Guzzanti and Argyro Tsampazi:;;

Deadline for submissions is May 10th2019

Acceptance decisions will be communicated by 17th May 2019.

For any queries please contact the organisers.