Performing Crisis, Critical Performativities: 2nd International Conference on Culture and Performing Arts

deadline for submissions: 
October 27, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Universitas Padjadjaran

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way humans behave personally and interact socially at the interpersonal, local, national and global levels. Thus, various cultural practices are also modified, both in the form of daily activities and in the form of ritual, ceremonial and formal practices, including the prevalence in the secular, religious, artistic and institutional realms in various fields. Policies and procedures for carrying out various activities in various sectors have also been reorganized to take into account the health protocols that apply in different jurisdictions.

The COVID-19 pandemic, like the Spanish Flu pandemic in the early twentieth century along with World War I, has also provided space for the world community to reflect on the various crises experienced by various groups of people in the world, including, but not limited to, the climate crisis, conflicts between groups of people, and mass movement of people both voluntarily and involuntarily through displacement and human trafficking. Apart from that, popular and academic discourse is increasingly paying attention to how various bodies are also experiencing crisis, whether those that are labeled “disabled” or “different” or those viewed as “normal” bodies. In fact, it would not be an exaggeration to say that humanity too has been ushered into the twenty-first century by the global economic crisis.

At the same time, the various advances that have been achieved by human civilization, especially in the fields of science and technology, have also created a cultural crisis in another form. Digital technology and cybernetics have also changed the way of human life, including in carrying out cultural practices and in interacting in such a way that various socio-cultural exchanges are mediated by this technology. In this case, the production and presentation of performing arts such as theatre, dance, music and film as well as the understanding of performance have also changed. Fundamental concepts in performing arts, such as the meaning of the word "live" have changed in such a way that paradoxical phenomena have emerged, such as "live recording." Under these circumstances, it can be said that the performing arts are also experiencing a crisis although crisis has always been crucial concept in the arts in general.

These various globally occurring crises saturate the world's cultural discourse as well. Mass media in printed or electronic form find these various crises worth covering. Likewise, literature, fine arts, and various forms of the performing arts themselves represent these crises in their own ways and in their own media.

Therefore, the Faculty of Cultural Studies, Universitas Padjadjaran is holding a Second International Conference on Culture and Performing Arts (2nd ICCPA) focusing on the theme “Performing Crisis, Critical Performativities.”

The conference is expected to address issues related to the subject of performances and performativity in the general sense as well as in the context of performing arts within the context of varied academic disciplines such as, but not limited to:

  • Fine arts, particularly performing arts.
  • Literature and literary studies.
  • Cultural studies.
  • Psychology, including social psychology and organizational behavior.
  • Sociology.
  • Anthropology.
  • Political science.
  • Studies in social, cultural, and religious practices and rituals.

The 2nd ICCPA is to be held on 10-12 November 2023 at Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia. Should travel to Bandung pose as a hindrance, presenters and non-presenting participants may attend the conference virtually online. The tentative schedule is attached.

The conference will be held in English and Bahasa Indonesia. Translation and interpreting services will be provided.

Submit abstracts of 150 to 250 words to Extended deadline 27 October 2023.

For further information and inquiries, please contact the organizers at, and consult the website at .

Conference fees are

  • Students and aspiring artists and scholars: USD 50
  • Established scholars, artists: USD 75