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Date / Hour
01/08/2017 - 02/08/2017
All day

University College Cork


The UNIMA Research Commission in collaboration with Cork Puppetry Festival, University College Cork, and Mary Immaculate College, are proposing a two-day symposium exploring the ways puppetry intersects with disability and health. We invite academics and practice-based researchers to propose papers, provocations, and particularly discussions about or presentations of practice-based research.

Two grants to assist participation in this event are available to early-career researchers (including those focused on practice-based research). Please note in your proposal if you wish to apply for one of these grants.

Themes to consider include (but are not limited to):

  • Embodied puppet practices: breaking the body’s borders
  • Methods of inclusivity: participatory puppetry in the context of disability and health
  • The puppeteer’s voice: sharing real stories of disability and illness through puppetry
  • Mental health and invisible disease: making the invisible visible
  • Interventions: puppetry in hospitals, clinics, and healthcare settings

Selected papers will be published as part of the proceedings of this symposium.

Please note that

  • we ask papers to be written in an accessible style for academics as well as practitioners and community audiences
  • you should submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short biography of no more than 50 words to Emma Fisher, Leslie Burton and Cariad Astles, at beyondthebarktheatre@gmail.com
  • you have to include your department or affiliation and any access and equipment requirements.

The deadline for proposal submission is Monday 22nd May 2017.
[Deadline extended to June 9, 2017]