Call for submissions for the Project Anthology

The BUILDING DEMOCRACY THROUGH THEATRE project 2018-2021 invites submissions of written and creative research for our upcoming anthology, to be launched at the project’s Conference in 2021.

The anthology aims to share research produced by artists, teachers, researchers and postgraduate students. The project encourages collaborative and intersectional work between project partners and across cultures.

All contributions should be framed within the shared intention of using theatre to (re)imagine democracies in various contexts. We are looking for work that challenges post-democratic conditions and that engages in critical conversation between the North and South.

The Project Manifest ( should act as a unifying fulcrum, inspiring contributions for the anthology.

We encourage contributions that work with theatre as focus of study and/or as method of inquiry by:

  1.  Gaining understanding of theatre as a complex multimodal communication platform.

  2.  Expanding embodied knowledge of specific human issues through theatre as communication medium

  3.  Promoting education, transformation and healing when immersed in theatre as experiential transformational context.

These can include reports, analyses, case studies, intervention designs, creative expressions and other submission formats that relate to:

-        Methodology, dramaturgy and/or production formats that are responsive to site and context

-        Applied drama and theatre interventions and investigations related to the project theme

-        The public reception and impact of applied drama and theatre practice

-        Power, agency and expression related to democratic topics; post-apartheid, conflicts, diversity, marginality/inclusion, migration, health, disability etc. 

Submission Parameters:

-        Unpublished article submissions of up to six thousand (6000) words. Harvard Referencing Style.

-        Creative research submissions can take the form of anything from play script to video documentary as long as it can be disseminated in digital format. And should include a framing document of 500-700 words outlining:

o   The aim(s) and purpose of the work

o   Your role in relation to the work (e.g. director, actor, set designer, facilitator, etc.)

o   The context in which it was created

o   A description of its content

o   A brief discussion of the conceptual and scholarly framework in which the work should be considered and

o   The extent to which it speaks to the theme of the anthology: Building democracy through theatre in post democratic contexts.

Submission will happen in two phases:

1.      Abstract Submissions

-        Abstracts must be submitted for all contributions.

-        Abstracts (250 words) and Author(s) biography (100 words) for the proposed contribution should be submitted by 1 September 2019.

-        Responses to abstract submissions will be provided by end of October 2019.

 2.      Final Submissions

-        Final submissions will close on 1 August 2020.

o   For written contributions: Please send your article submissions as a PDF document attached to an email with a brief abstract (250 words), and author(s) bio.

o   For creative submissions: Please send your framing document and work that is in text or document form (e.g. play script or photo journal) as a PDF document. For work that is not in document form, please include links to where the work can be viewed. Attach PDF documents to an email with a brief abstract (250 words), and author(s) bio.

-        Responses to final submissions will be provided by end of September 2020, followed by a revision period.

-        A reviewing committee will be established by the editors

The anthology will be edited by the project leaders, Petro Janse van Vuuren and Bjørn Rasmussen as well as creative research editor Nondumiso Msimanga.

Please email your submission to: , and



Call for Applications:Trondheim Masters and PhD Students' Three Month Exchange Programme

Drama for Life, based in the Wits School of Art in partnership with Norwegian University of

Science and Technology (NTNU) are running a 3 months long exchange programme on ‘Theatre and Democracy: building democracy in post-war and post-democratic contexts’. The project is open for two MA students and one PHD candidate from Drama for Life to visit Trondheim in

Norway in Aug 2018. Students will attend courses at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) to the value of 45 credits (MA) and 15 credits (PhD). Both courses offered at NTNU have strong and rigorous research foundations focusing on arts-based research methodology. The exchange includes site visits to theatre projects in and around Trondheim.


Applications will be reviewed from students as follows:

MA Students

  1.  The student must be registered for Master of Arts in Applied Drama: Theatre in Education, community and Social Contexts
  2. The student’s research topic must align with the theme of the project; Theatre and democracy: Building democracy in post-war and post-democratic contexts. NOTE: you will not have to move your project to Norway, it just needs to align. In Norway you will work on methodology, not content.
  3. Students must accept the implications of the credit exchange i.e. the Norwegian course will replace aspects of second-semester coursework at Drama for Life.
  4. Students must have a strong research interest.
  5.  Students must be prepared to register part-time for their research report and submit their research paper in 2019.
  6.  Students must commit to producing a photographic or written blog post on the experience.  

PhD students

  1. The student must be registered for PhD study at Drama for Life (by thesis, publication or creative work)
  2. The student’s research topic must align with the theme of the project: Theatre and democracy: Building democracy in post-war and post-democratic contexts.
  3. The student must commit to write an article for publication based on their experience. 


Applications must include:

  1.  A cover page with the student’s full name, student number and all possible contact details.
  2.  A motivation letter highlighting the student’s interest in the project theme and how his/her proposed research interests align with it.
  3.  Academic transcripts of all tertiary studies.
  4.  For PhD students: a letter of support and agreement from your supervisor.  

Application deadline: 23 February 2018

All applications to be sent to