Call for Submissions: Performance and Conflict II – A Practice-Based Research Symposium

Symposium Dates: November 4-7, 2019 | Submission Deadline: August 31

Organized by the Concordia University Acts of Listening Lab (ALLab), this symposium is about listening in the context of performance methodologies in which the audience is addressed as listener of personal memories. Particular attention will be paid to memories related to sites of conflict and post-conflict. The symposium draws on content that has emerged from the international conference Performance and Conflict, held at the University of Lincoln in 2018. This second iteration will reignite discussions that were carried out in the first conference, and its smaller, more intimate configuration (max. 25 participants) is designed to benefit this year’s focus on listening.

The organizing committee of Listening, Performance, and Conflict is pleased to invite you to submit:

  • workshop proposals;
  • papers addressing listening in the context of oral history performance and conflict;
  • expressions of interest of practitioners, activists and scholars who would be interested in being designated respondents during and after specific workshops. 

Particular attention will be paid to memories that relate to sites of conflict and post-conflict. Such approaches include Playback Theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed, post-conflict performances and sound installations, verbatim-based theatre with headphones, experimental performances, indigenous cultural practices (such as ‘Talking Circles’), and restorative justice re-enactments.

The symposium will follow a practice-based research methodology:

  • This means that four (4) to five (5) methodologies maximum will be chosen;
  • Practice demonstrations and workshops will engage all symposium participants with chosen methodologies over the course of two (2) days;
  • Reflection and discussion about listening in the context of each methodology will be held after each workshop by designated respondents, participants, workshop leaders and organisers;
  • The final day will be dedicated to the comparing and contrasting of listening in the context of the different chosen methodologies. This third (3) day will conclude the symposium and establish an agenda for further research and events.

The organisers invite:

  • workshop proposals in related performance methodologies;
  • papers addressing listening in the context of said performance approaches or in related practices;
  • expressions of interest of practitioners, activists, and scholars to be respondents during and after the workshops.

Please submit to
with subject line: “Listening, Performance, and Conflict”

What: Listening, Performance and Conflict Practice-Based Research Symposium
When: Between Monday, Nov. 4th and Thursday, Nov. 7th, 2019
Where: Concordia University’s Acts of Listening Lab part of Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling
J.W. McConnell (LB) Building 1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W. LB-1042-03 Montreal, QC H3G IM8

Registration fee: 130 $ (CAD) This fee covers:
– Access to all Symposium activities: talks, workshops and performances.
– Opening Reception Treats, Breakfast snacks every morning & Farewell Dinner at restaurant. 


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