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Call for Proposals

Broken Puppet 2:

A Symposium on Puppetry and Disability Performance 

Click here to access and/or print a text document of the Call for Proposals.

We invite academics, practice-based researchers, and practitioners to propose papers, provocations, workshops, presentations of practice-based research, and labs*.


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

  • The disabled voice: exploring real stories of disability through puppetry, including autoethnographic work

  • Embodied puppet practices: breaking the body’s borders

  • Methods of inclusivity: participative puppetry performance in the context of physical, cognitive and mental health disabilities

  • Using assistive technologies to expand the ways we think about and practice puppetry

  • In what ways do the intersections of puppetry and disability performance change the ways we understand each?

  • Disabled performers incorporating puppetry into their work

  • What disability does to the assumed ‘rules’ of puppetry

  • Stereotypes and perceptions of the disabled puppet body


We welcome proposals on these or any other relevant topics within the area of puppetry and disability in performance.


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




The deadline for proposal submission is Friday 19 January 2018.


Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short biography of no more than 50 words to
Dr Laura Purcell-Gates, Emma Fisher and Cariad Astles at info@brokenpuppetsymposium.com.

Please include your affiliation and any access and equipment requirements.
We will email notifications of selection by 31 January 2018.



Symposium registration fee: £45 funded, £25 student/unfunded


A select number of small grants to enable participation in this event are available to early-career and/or unfunded researchers and practitioners. Please note in your proposal if you wish to apply for one of these grants.


Please note that we ask papers to be written in an accessible style for academics as well as practitioners and community audiences, and to be presented in an accessible style for visual and auditory-impaired participants. We will email participants accessibility guidelines to assist with this.



*Labs are artistic spaces for bringing together artists from different disciplines (e.g. puppetry and disability dance or therapeutic puppetry and disability theatre) to explore innovative art forms. You can either propose a lab in which you work with a specified artist, or indicate interest in being placed with another artist for a lab. If you wish to do the latter, please indicate your area of specialism, the specialism you would like to work with in the lab, and the theme(s) you would like to explore.