Canadian Association for Theatre Research

Association #64
Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR )
Conference dates: 
Monday, June 3, 2019 to Thursday, June 6, 2019
To attend this conference, register for Congress and add CATR #64 in Section 3 of the registration form.
Registration is required for all conference attendees, including speakers, presenters, panelists, organizers and those chairing or attending a session.
CATR 2019 Conference: Circles of Conversation in Drama, Dance, Theatre, and Performance Studies The Canadian Association for Theatre Research is a non-profit organization founded in 1976 to support and encourage research in theatre and performance studies in Canada, with a special interest in Canadian work. Our membership includes scholars, students, and theatre professionals from around the world who are leading developments in our field. Our annual conference features keynote presentations, plenary sessions, curated and open paper panels, roundtables, seminars, local walks, graduate student events, working groups, artist/scholar sessions, playwright readings as well as innovative theatre, performance and dance praxis. Returning to Congress in 2019, the Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR) will connect with the broader Congress 2019 theme: “Circles of Conversation,” selected by the conveners to emphasize the deep, reciprocal relationships between the university and the communities with which it engages. These communities may be situated locally or globally, composed of artists and/or scholars, and gathered along and across disciplinary or communitarian lines. CATR encourages members to think about how theatre, dance, and performance can open up circles of conversations and space for dialogue, debate, dissent, re-imagining, and re-making. • Are circles of conversation evident in the scholarly and artistic disciplines’ various practical, pedagogical and theoretical tools, aesthetic preferences, material conditions, and/or political landscapes? • How have theatre, dance, and performance prompted, sustained, extended or foreclosed, circles of conversation? • Who has been included in such conversations and who has been left out? Why, and with what effects? One important way to consider these questions is to recognize UBC’s Point Grey Campus location on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. As the Musqueam UBC affiliation webpage explains, the land on which UBC is situated has always been a place of learning for the Musqueam people, who for millennia have passed on their culture, history, and traditions from one generation to the next on this site.
Open events: 
Date & time Event Hosted by Series
Jun 3 -
10:30 - 11:45
KEYNOTE: "Disability Performance Conversations: Circles, Pools, Flows" Canadian Association for Theatre Research Association events
Jun 3 -
13:30 - 15:00
The Galatea Project: An Oecologies Roundtable | Le Projet Galatée : une table ronde sur les écologies Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, Canadian Association for Theatre Research Association events
Jun 4 -
10:30 - 11:45
“Re-Matriating Indigenous Theatre Through Our Minds, Bodies, and Spirits” Canadian Association for Theatre Research Association events, Reconciliation events
Jun 5 -
10:30 - 11:45
“Nurturing/Resisting Hybridity: Circles of Conversation between Asian, Asian-American, Asian-Canadian, and Non-Asian Performance Cultures” Canadian Association for Theatre Research Association events
Performance, Theatre, Drama, Dance, Culture, Art
Call-for-papers deadline: 
December 14, 2018
President's Reception: 
June 5, 2019
Program Chairs: 

Kirsty Johnston, The University of British Columbia

Local Arrangement Coordinators: 

Kelsey Blair and Julia Henderson, The University of British Columbia


For more information, contact the association directly. Please note that conference registration fees are separate from the association's membership fees.