7e Congrès de l’AITU à Puebla – Mexique, du 2 au 6 juin 2008
7e Congrès de l’AITU à Puebla – Mexique, du 2 au 6 juin 2008
Exposition Keith Harring.  Performance du Théâtre-Etudes de l'INSA
Exposition Keith Harring. Performance du Théâtre-Etudes de l'INSA
INSA de Lyon
INSA de Lyon
X IUTA World Congress

of the International University Theatre Association (AITU-IUTA)

Liège, Belgium
June 30 – July 4, 2014

Extended proposal deadline : April 15, 2014

IUTA 20th Anniversary

The International University Theatre Association (www.iuta-aitu.org) was established during the Founding Congress at Université de Liège (Belgium) in 1994 to develop and promote theatre training, creation, and theoretical and practical research, at the level of university or higher studies. The AITU-IUTA is represented on five continents and has members in over 50 countries.
Designed by and for people from universities and other types of post-secondary learning institutions, the AITU-IUTA is a unique forum where teachers, practitioners, creators, scholars and theorists can share discoveries and discuss common concerns. The Association provides a space for exchanges and services, and is open to all members of the academic community with an interest in theatre.
Since the Belgium Congress, the AITU-IUTA has been holding a World Congress every two years in Valleyfield, Quebec-Canada (1997); Dakar, Senegal (1999); Krakow, Poland (2001); Olympia, Greece (2003); Urbino, Italy (2006); Puebla, Mexico (2008); Leicester, United Kingdom (2010), Minsk, Belarus (2012). The X World Congress will be hosted in Liège by Université de Liège and Théâtre Universitaire Royal de Liège (TURLg).

Congress Coordinator:
Alain Chevalier, Université de Liège


The Congress will take place in Liège, Belgium, from June 30th to July 4th, 2014, it is organized by the International University Theatre Association (AITU-IUTA), the Université de Liège and the Théâtre Universitaire Royal de Liège (TURLg).


University theatre and repertoire

One of the major issues in university theatre is repertoire. Who is performing what? For whom and why? Are there certain identifiable features of the university theatre repertoire, whether historical or contemporary, that distinguish it from other kinds of repertoire? If so, how and why?

These are the straightforward yet essential issues that the IUTA will be addressing at its 10th World Congress. University theatre has always maintained an innovative and complex relationship with the repertoire it presents, thereby clearly reflecting the singularity and diversity of its history, which goes back several hundred years. For example, university companies have produced works from the classical and medieval repertoire when these periods were completely ignored by commercial and professional theatres, as well as by amateur companies. In a number of countries, works by the great classical writers were performed only by university theatres; in other countries under authoritarian or dictatorial control, only university theatre groups dared to stray from the heavily beaten path of “official art;” on other fronts, university theatres were the only forum for marginalized communities and communities that were close to being so, which otherwise had no voice. It should also not be forgotten that university theatre played a major role in some of the most creative moments of the “long century” (from the late 19th century to the present) – in works affirming emancipation, anti-authoritarian views, identity, advocacy or even the counterculture of the sixties and seventies with its exploration of historical and postwar avant-garde movements.

The rapid development of theatre studies around the world since 1980, the proliferation of general, professional and paraprofessional university programs — in design, performance, management, facilitation, training and criticism — together with the growing number of festivals and the introduction of digital technologies, have all contributed to further enriching the dramatic range of university theatre.

Indeed, university theatre continually strengthens, transforms and enriches the world’s theatrical repertoire by addressing several important areas:

  • Artistic and technological training and experimentation;
  • The need for social and political engagement in affirming particular identities, cultures and languages on behalf of the communities concerned;
  • Discovering effective forms of entertainment;
  • Validating theoretical models.

The IUTA ‘s 10th World Congress will therefore be a forum for academic dialogue on these important processes that have so far not been adequately researched and documented. The Congress steering committee is interested in both historical and contemporary approaches, and would like to feature case studies, theoretical papers and academic demonstrations or workshops. The Congress will be organized on the basis of the following areas of focus:

  1. University theatre: experimentation and new works (historical and/or contemporary perspectives)
  2. University theatre: repertoires that are either local or specific to particular communities – the question of engagement
  3. University theatre: training and repertoire
  4. University theatre and entertainment: what to perform?
  5. University theatre and the “festival effect”: the repertoire (e.g. language issues and production constraints)?


The programme of activities consists of scientific, educational and entertaining events:
regular papers, workshops, demonstrations, Open Space discussions, cultural tours, and a special edition Les Rencontres internationales de théâtre universitaire (RITU).
All Congress events are located within walking distance.


  • Official languages of the Congress are English, French and Spanish.
  • Official ceremonies and plenary sessions will be translated simultaneously.
  • There will be no translation during the regular sessions. We kindly ask you to consider preparing material to aid in understanding and stimulate discussion (projection on a screen of main ideas, for example, might provide visual support).


There are 4 types of proposals :

  • scholarly papers (20 minutes followed by a 10 minutes discussion)
  • demonstrations (20–60 minutes)
  • workshops (60-120 minutes)
  • festival performances

Submissions should include a 250 word abstract, complete contact information and institutional affiliation of the proponent, and a short biographical note (see the attached form).


  • Extended submission deadline for papers, demonstrations and workshops: April 15, 2014
    The Congress Scientific Committee will conduct selection on a rolling basis and send official notification, via email, within one month of receipt of an application
    and no later than May 15, 2014.
  • Proposals for participation in the Festival: December 30, 2013 (see http://www.turlg.be/0134/en/What-is-RITU- and to be sent to ritu@ulg.ac.be).


Congress participants pay:

  • registration fees
  • travel expenses to/from Belgium
  • Food and Lodging (see point 9)
  • visa costs (if necessary)

Festival participants pay:

  • travel expenses to/from Belgium
  • visa costs (if necessary)


International Participants

  • All Congress participants must be IUTA-AITU members. Membership is included in the Congress fees as appropriate.
  • Payment can be done by PAYPAL (via the website), Bank Transfer, credit card or in cash upon arrival.

  • Beneficiary’s Bank: Bank of Montreal (Canada)
  • Swift:  BOFMCAM2
  • Branch Name: Bank of Montreal (Christophe-Colomb / Mont-Royal)
  • Branch ID: 001
  • Beneficiary’s account number: 21221-1049-433
  • Beneficiary’s name: AITU
  • Beneficiary’s address: 2305 rue Joliette, Montreal (Qc) H1W 3G7
  • (Please indicate your name and/or institution in the comment section so we can wee who’s paying)

Current AITU-IUTA Individual and Institutional Members
Before May 15, 2014: 225€
From May 16, 2014: 300€

Non-AITU-IUTA Members
(includes 1 Year AITU-IUTA INDIVIDUAL Membership)
Before May 15, 2014: 255€
(Congress : 225 € + IUTA Fee : 30 €)
From May 16, 2014: 330€
(Congress : 300 € + IUTA Fee : 30 €)

Students/Retired Current AITU-IUTA Member 30€

Students/Retired* non-AITU-IUTA Member 60€
(includes 1 Year AITU-IUTA Individual Membership)
(Congress : 30 € + IUTA Fee : 30 €)

  • The above rates include all shows, conference panel sessions, workshops and entrance to performances and coffee breaks.


Lodging is not included in the registration fees. Follow this link (http://www.turlg.be/0198/en/Xth-IUTA-World-Congress) to see which hostels is reserved for the congress.

Food: A lot of accessible snacks and restaurants is around the congress place. A package is available at the Youth Hostel Simenon restaurant who is a 10-minute walk. Please contact the Organizing Committee:  liege2014@iuta-aitu.org.




A visa might be required to enter Belgium. Please contact the Belgian embassy or consulate.



(to be sent with your proposal and a short bio to liege2014@iuta-aitu.org)