The Stage and Beyond: International Conference on Culture and Performing Arts

deadline for submissions: 
October 18, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Universitas Padjadjaran

Humanity as a whole and on a global scale has had to reflect on how it would proceed in the wake of a pandemic that has lasted longer than it has expected and has tested its ability to adapt to and invent new ways of being and moving. Performing artists in efforts to literally and aesthetically survive has had to learn to deal with the limited availability of and accessibility to the stage. While in previous times indoor and outdoor stages as well as open public spaces have been readily available to offer their work to audiences, now they are forced to deal with isolation and mediation. They are prompted to work with the threat of not having an audience as well as the lack of liveness where they have no choice but to perform through digitally generated spaces. This may be understood as the necessity of having to be dependent on encoded texts, not as in previous times where scripts, notations, and treatments were used for the preparation of performances, but texts as performance itself and as the space in which these artists must perform.

This trajectory is of course nothing new. Artists and scholars in various disciplines of the humanities and performing arts have in recent decades looked into and worked on transmedia and interdisciplinary projects. However, in the last one and half years, it has become apparent for artists and scholars as well as social activists, that such projects and new ways of looking at performance have become increasingly urgent. Studies and creative work on everyday life have also contributed to the shift in the paradigm by which modern civilization may view what performance means, developing concepts of such social constructs as gender, sexuality, race, and class as performative.

Such conceptual divides with which we have for centuries been familiar as theory/practice, text/performance, and art/ordinary life are inevitably questioned. Therefore, the Faculty of Cultural Sciences at Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia finds it relevant and urgent to create a forum in which artists, scholars, activists, and other practitioners may share and exchange ideas as well as initiate collaborative projects in the form of an International Conference on Culture and Performing Arts focusing on the issue of performance, in the broadest sense of the word, on THE STAGE AND BEYOND.

This conference aims at providing a forum in which scholars, artists, activists, and other practitioners in various disciplines across the globe may share and exchange ideas on the general topics of

  1. Performing Arts
  2. Performance
  3. Performativity

by inviting them to present papers in the conference covering but not limited to the following:

1. New Developments in Performing Arts (Dance, Theatre, Music, Film, Performance Art)
2. New Media and Digital Technology in Music, Theatre, and Film
3. Gender, Sexuality, and Performativity
4. Music, Dance, Theatre and Film in Popular Culture
5. Performance in Everyday Life
6. Traditional Performing Arts in Contemporary Culture
7. Literature and Performing Arts
8. The Political Economy of Performing Arts
9. Language and Performance
10. Performance, Performativity, and Postcoloniality

The conference will be held online on Saturday, 20 November 2021 from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm Western Indonesian Time (UTC +7).

Scholars, artists, activists, and other practitioners are invited to submit abstracts to be doubly blind-reviewed to be considered for presentation in the Parallel Sessions. Presenters may deliver their papers live online or provide the organizers with video recording of their presentation. The organizers do not publish proceedings for the papers presented in the conference, and the presenters are not required to submit their full papers. Presenters may deliver their papers in either English or Bahasa Indonesia.


Deadline for Abstract Submission: 18 October 2021
Announcement of Acceptance: 25 October 2021
Deadline for Video Recordings: 14 November 2021
The registration fee for presenters and participants are as follows
Indonesian scholars, activists, and artists: IDR 250K
Indonesian students and aspiring artists: IDR 50K
International scholars, activists, and artists: USD 50
International students and aspiring artists: USD 15

Inquiries about the conference may be directed to the organizers at