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Call for papers

Performance Traditions

Narrative, Ritual, and Meaning in Folk Song, Dance, Theatre, and Storytelling

22-25 October 2019, Whitstable & Canterbury, UK


This conference considers performance traditions from around the world, including their meanings for audiences and performers; their roles in creating and sustaining communities; the relationship between their narrative and social function; the ways in which traditions adapt to new media and technologies; the interaction between tourism and performance; and the connections and disconnections between performance, nation, and ethnicity.


Presentations last 20 minutes and will be followed by around 10 minutes’ question time. The deadline for abstracts is 31 March 2019. Presenters will be able to make use of basic audio equipment and an overhead projector.


The deadline for early registration is 31 May, and the final deadline registration 31 July.


To propose a presentation, please fill out this presentation proposal form, and e-mail it to info@islanddynamics.org. Write ‘Abstract for Performance Traditions’ in the subject line of the e-mail.


If you have any questions, send an e-mail to convenor Adam Grydehøj (agrydehoj@islanddynamics.org).