The Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies
ADSA is the peak academic association promoting the study of drama in any performing medium throughout the region. ADSA represents members of staff and postgraduate students of Australasian institutions of tertiary education who are engaged in teaching, research and practice in theatre, drama and performance studies. Directors of associated theatres and members of the theatrical profession are also active members. ADSA’s annual conference is usually held in late June.
This Reconciliation Principles and Action Plan aims to focus our organisation’s recognition and respect for the indigenous peoples of Australia and Aotearoa / New Zealand and their sovereign connection to the land, their cultures, cultural knowledge and cultural processes within the organisation and our respective institutions.
ADSA’s vision for reconciliation is one in which indigenous peoples are valued members of the creative, political and social fabric of these lands and their institutions. Our vision takes the form first and foremost of respecting indigenous people’s right to self-determination, to create work on their own terms and create space for indigenous knowledges within the academy. The intention of this document is to facilitate building relationships, building respect, and creating opportunities for indigenous peoples and communities, both in the arts of performance itself, as well as in the discourse, scholarship and experience of these arts and other cultural forms within Australia and Aotearoa / New Zealand.
In order to achieve these aims we express our commitment to:
Freedom of movement is moreover essential to the exchange and growth of scholarship, culture, arts and performance.
This freedom of exchange and movement is currently threatened by factors including, but not restricted to:-
All of the above impediments and restrictions on movement and exchange are contrary to the foundational principles of ADSA, and we condemn them.
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