Call for proposals, Broken Puppet 3 International Symposium – deadline 1 February 2019

The Community & Applied Drama Laboratory (CADLab) at Newman University Birmingham in collaboration with the UNIMA Research Commission and the UNIMA Commission for Education, Development and Therapy are hosting a 2-day symposium exploring ways of training professional performers and health practitioners in approaches, techniques and embodied empathic relationships between performers, puppets, healthcare professionals and audiences.

When: 17th -18th April 2019

Where: Newman University Birmingham, England.

Call for Proposals
Deadline: 1st February 2019

“There is a lack of representation of the disabled body within the history of the puppets body. Words have the power we give them, as a person with an enquired disability I have come to see the beauty in the broken, in the difference rather than saying there is none. That said, I am clearly not implying that both people with a disability and have health issues are broken, but that both disabled and abled people as individuals are broken – no-one is perfect, but we are all different and as such the puppets that represent us should be to”. Dr Emma Fisher.

This symposium will bring together actors, puppeteers, nurses, therapists, scholars, and members of the public to reflect on, analyse, and further develop work in the field of Applied Theatre, Puppetry and Disability and discuss the requirements of professional training and the development of educational courses in the field.

Keynote Speakers:
17th April Raven Kaliana, Director Puppet (R)Evolution Theatre Company
Speaking on: 'Changing the Narrative.'

18th April Professor Ross W. Prior, BEd, MEd, PhD, PgCertRD Supervision, MACE, FRSPH, PFHEA, Research Professor of Learning and Teaching in the Arts in Higher Education at University of Wolverhampton
Speaking on: Training the animator anew: Developing cross-disciplinary opportunities for puppetry in arts, health and education

Proposal instructions

Title of Proposal, Type (Paper or Narrative, Workshop, Artistic Sharing), Abstract (250 words maximum describing your session), Relevance (200 words maximum describing how your proposal addresses the themes of the conference),Biographical Statement (50 word maximum per presenter). Proposals will be peer reviewed. Authors/applicants will be notified of the outcome by February 28, 2019. For submissions, please email them to Dr Persephone Sextou at and COYPY IN Cariad Astles at , Emma Fisher at and Jane Allcroft at>>>>