CFP: Performance & Challenging Stigma

Type of post: Association news item
Posted By: Glen McGillivray
Status: Current
Date Posted: Thu, 8 Sep 2016

Symposium directors: Professor Mary Luckhurst, Associate Director Research VCA with Dr Matt Delbridge, Head of Theatre VCA

Theatre and performance are increasingly important vehicles of challenging stigma, saying the unsayable, and of advocating for reform. We invite you to submit abstracts for 20 minute presentations/papers. Topics might include - but are not restricted to - performances addressing health, disability, body image, the justice system, torture, ageing, sexuality, refugee rights, racism, equality.

Symposium Speakers

Friday 21 October 2016 (9am - 6pm) Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne

Art Lecture Theatre, Building 877


  • Professor Michael Balfour, Griffith University
    Stigma, returning military personnel and social health
  • Associate Professor Bree Hadley, Queensland Institute of Technology
    The Social Experiment – Pranks, Political Activism, and Performing Stigma
  • Professor Stacy Holman Jones and Dr Anne Harris, Monash University ‘Heavier than Air’: Queer Teachers, Performance and Challenging Stigma and Invisibility
  • Dr Sarah Woodland, Griffith University
    Beyond the ‘Aboriginal Reality Show’?: Participatory radio drama with Indigenous women prisoners


  • Professor Maria Delgado, Director of Research, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

CFP submissions (deadline 19 September 2016)

Please email your title, abstract, short bio and a liation (with ‘stigma CFP’ in subject line) to