January Symposium – Asian Performance and Diaspora Group

Call For Papers:

TAPRA – Asian Performance and Diaspora Group

University of East London

Saturday 23 January 2016, from 12.00 – 4.30


The aim of this working group is to research, promote and disseminate contemporary Asian performance and diaspora studies to highlight the historical and contemporary scholarship in the area. We also aim to encourage critical debates on the contemporary artistic practices of Asia and a thorough re-evaluation of the current understanding of its conceptual and practical paradigms of the Asian performance scene and its diaspora in Britain.

In short the aims of the group are to:

  • To offer a dedicated platform for presenting Asian performance and diaspora research
  • To reflect, critique and debate Asian performance activities in Britain
  • To foster better dialogue between the academic work and performance practice in the field.

We welcome proposals from academics, practitioners, postgraduate and research students. We would like to call for short papers (10 minute) that speak to the following themes that were identified at our first informal meeting:


q  The mapping of Asian performance praxis

q  Historiography of Asian performance

q  Towards a contemporary Asian performance theory

q  Intra / intercultural Asian performance


There will also be further time allotted to develop the terrain in relation to theory and practice the group wishes to explore going forward.


Please send 150 word proposal for your paper to the convenors at:


Deadline: 01 December


Please note: The entry for this event is free and light food will also be available on the day.


Black Box Studio, US. 3.3.8, University Square Stratford, 1 Salway Road

Stratford, London E15 1 NF.




Please visit the Asian Performance and Diaspora working group blog at:



Many thanks:

Co-convenors: Asian performance and Diaspora Group

Arya Madhavan, amadhavan@lincoln.ac.uk,

Dominic Hingorani, d.hingorani@uel.ac.uk

Sreenath Nair, snair@lincoln.ac.uk