Sunset over lake and autumn woods in the foothills of a mountain
Maroon Bells Sunset by Mike Scheid

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The 2021 joint conference between the Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR)and the Société québécoise d’études théâtrales(SQET) ran in three acts from June 10th to July 9th 2021.

A majority of sessions were synchronous and not recorded. However, the three keynote lectures continue to be available for educational use and are below. The conference schedule and program also remain available and our social Kumospace remains available for you to meet with colleagues from across the country.

The website will be in hibernation for a few weeks as we prepare for new, engaging session in the autumn.

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Given the announcements of unmarked graves of children of residential schools, and the fire which has affected Lytton, BC, we invite those who can to donate to Savage Society’s fundraiser for Lytton.

The phone number for the National Residential School Crisis Line is 1-866-925-4419.

For those wishing to learn more about the history of colonialism in Canada, here are links to the Summary of the Final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation and the final report of the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

If you need mental health support, the National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre has curated a list of mental health supports. Additional mental health resources are listed on this document.


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Keynote Speakers

Harvey Young

Boston University

The Crisis of the Live

Harvey Young is Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Boston University, where he is also Professor of English and Theatre.

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Kevin Loring

Indigenous Theatre, NAC

Returning the Page: How theatre practice must bravely return into a post-pandemic, de-colonial, anti-racist world

Kevin is N'lakap’amux from the Lytton First Nation in British Columbia.

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Sylvie Chalaye

l’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle

Becoming Maroon, a Model of Salvation for Theatre Creation

A specialist in African and diaspora dramaturgies, Sylvie Chalaye is also a historian and anthropologist of African performance and Black performing arts throughout the world.

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Conference Schedule

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and all scheduled sessions are synchronous and unrecorded.

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