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Call for Special interest Groups for IDEA 2022 Congress

Dear members and friends of IDEA, 

We are pleased to announce that we are now launching the process of organizing the SIGs (Special Interest Groups) for the 9th World Congress of IDEA, which will take place in Reykjavik, Iceland, between 4th-8th of July, 2022.

The general aim of the SIGs is to provide a forum where participants can meet colleagues and discuss the theory and practical aspects of interest within drama and theatre and education. The SIGs’ spaces are also a way to structure the Congress’s Academic and Pedagogic Program and to guarantee the continuity of IDEA’s research and project development between its world congresses.
SIG coordinators are therefore - experts in their area of specialization and motivated communicators. We would like to invite you to recommend people you have worked with who you think would be suitable for this role.

We have added to the numbers of the SIGs from IDEA’s last congresses and included new questions related to the theme of IDEA 2022 – Drama for all, tall and small. Celebrating drama in a changing world.  At the moment, there are eleven SIGs focussed on Drama/Theatre/Arts Education:

SIG Paris 2013

1. Drama and theatre in a multicultural world

2. Children: Drama and theatre in primary education
3. Youth: Drama and theatre in secondary education
4. Drama and theatre with elderly people - third age
5. Teacher Training in drama and theatre
6. Drama and theatre -with people with special needs
 7. Drama and theatre in health and welfare
8. Gender issues in drama and theatre education
9. Theatre for community development
10. Drama in second language teaching and learning
11. Drama and theatre in Science, Technology and New Media.

Each one of the SIGs will have two coordinators and places for up to 50 participants, depending on how many people are attending the congress.

We would like to guarantee that the coordinators are academic researchers or practitioners in drama, theatre/art education with publications and/or projects recognized by his or her community. The coordination of each SIG group will:
• Recommend experts
• Organize one International Seminar on his/her field towards IDEA 2022.

Please send us your recommendations of educators in universities, schools, communities, or social movements, who could be SIG coordinators by the 23rd of August, 2021 by e-mail:

We will need their name, email address, area of specialization and, if possible, their reference website. Thank you for your attention and we are ready to answer any questions that you may have.
Ása Helga Ragnarsdóttir and Rannveig Björk Thorkelsdóttir
Directors of the IDEA 2022 Academic and Pedagogic Program
Members of the IDEA 2022 Organizing Committee

Update from IDEA2022 Congress Organisers

Slides from presentation to IDEA Elected Officers February 2021

Proposal for IDEA2022 Congress accepted by IDEA General Council Meeting October 23.

The First session of the IDEA GCM 2020 accepted unanimously the proposal for an IDEA Congress. See more information in links below

IDEA 2022

FLÍSS (Félag um Leiklist í skólastarfi), Icelandic drama/theatre and education association 

has offered to host the IDEA2022 Congress in Reykevik July 3-8 2022.

IDEA gratefully acknowledges this offer and looks forward to welcoming delegates in 2022. 

Watch this space for more news about IDEA 2022

IDEA Commitment to Congress in 2022

The Coronavirus COVID-19 has some impact on lives, particularly in China. As a consequence, it has significant impact on planning and preparation for the IDEA2020 Congress in Beijing July 5-9. Over the last days and weeks, IDEA Elected Officers have been talking often with IDEC, the host of the congress and continue to do so. 

Above all, we do not lose sight of the human dimensions of what is unfolding about the Coronavirus.

To meet developments in the future, with generous spirit, positive energy and courage, IDEA is responding to this crisis by transforming our thinking and planning for 2020 and beyond. IDEA invites IDEC and the whole IDEA Community to respond to the following proposed actions in a spirit of celebrating resilience, adaptability and human focus in facing the challenges of fulfilling IDEA’s aims in these challenging times. 

As part of a wider strategy to strengthen engaging with drama/theatre educators and supporters IDEA will:

  1. Continue to build inclusive support for Drama Education in China showing solidarity and support for IDEC and drama educators
  2. Transform IDEA through building a stronger on-line presence
  3. Use technology to create and sustain three on-line/webinar events in 2020 as part of that transformational strategy
  4. Strengthen regional events and partner with already planned events, linking them to on-line identity and branding
  5. Advance the planning for an IDEA Congress in July 2022 in Reykjavík hosted by FLISS, IDEA’s member from Iceland.

Detailed planning will follow as soon as negotiations with IDEC, currently in progress, are completed.

IDEA Congress 1992->

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IDEA Congresses are core activities for IDEA.

1992 Oporto, Portugal

1995 Brisbane, Australia

1998 KIssumu, Kenya

2001 Bergen, Norway

2004 Ottawa, Canada

2007 Hong Kong SAR China

2010 Belém, Brazil

2013 Paris, France

2016/2017 Ankara Turkey was postponed then cancelled because of civil unrest

2020 Beijing China – has been impacted by the Coronavirus COVID-19 and cancelled

A reminder about the importance of Congresses

  • A.         Aims and Purposes
  • Article 3
    The aims of IDEA will be: 

  • 1.           to provide an international forum for communicating about, promoting and advocating for drama/theatre and education in schools, communities and all fields of endeavour;
  • 2.           to support development of drama/theatre practice and theory as part of a full human education.
  • Article 4

    In meeting these aims, IDEA

1.           represent and speak for drama/theatre and education internationally;
2.           liaise and collaborate with other organisations working in fields relevant to education, the arts and culture and drama/theatre;
3.           organise international congresses and conferences for drama/theatre and education focused on international themes;
4.           initiate and support research about drama/theatre and education;
5.           produce publications and circulate information about drama/theatre and education;
6.           encourage the exchange of drama/theatre and education practitioners.
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