The UCT Drama Department, together with the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), will be hosting the 2012 annual African Theatre Association International Conference from 12-15 July on Hiddingh Campus. The conference will be convened by Mwenya Kabwe and Alude Mahali, with Associate Professors Mark Fleishman and Jay Pather.

The conference theme, Querying Africa:  Dis-ease, Metamorphosis and Unconventionality in African Theatre and Performance, interrogates the transformations, adaptations, shifts in form and practice, ‘infection’ of social order, the mutation of content and the challenges of definition in contemporary African Theatre and Performance.  This theme is supported by a series of sub themes that invite researchers to provoke, debate, contest, explore and celebrate the contradictions, appropriations, re-mixes and uncomfortable attachments to ways of thinking and practicing African theatre and performance.

This conference offers a space for conversations between academics and practitioners that interrogate current practice in African theatre and performance through a wide range of forms including papers, panel discussions, performances, innovation in presentation, exhibitions, screenings, media and associated arts, public mediated happenings and events in the city.  

The AFTA conference programme is available for download.

Start: 12 Jul ’12

End: 15 Jul ’12


Organizer: UCT Conference Management Centre

Venue: Hiddingh Hall 

Phone: +27 21 480 7156 

Address: Google Map UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 Orange Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa