17th Annual Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed (PTO) Conference

Starting Date: 07-20-2011
Ending Date: 07-23-2011

Francis W. Parker School
Chicago, Illinois 60601
United States
We are delighted to announce that the 17th Annual Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference, "We Are Each Other's Harvest," will take place in Chicago, Illinois, USA, from Wednesday, July 20th through Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 (with pre-conference and post-conference workshops TBA).

This year's PTO conference theme quotes the late Gwendolyn Brooks, Pulitzer-prize-winning poet from Chicago. In her poem entitled "Paul Robeson," Brooks writes, "[W]e are each other's harvest: we are each other's business: we are each other's magnitude and bond." Our local planning committee became excited about the potential connections between education, arts, activism, and the concept of a harvest.

We invite you to submit a proposal for a workshop, dialogue, paper (to be discussed rather than read), debate, performance, or demonstration that you would like to offer at the conference. We welcome proposals that address our theme as well as one (or more) of the following in some clear way:
Pedagogy of the Oppressed, coined and elaborated by Paulo Freire
Theatre of the Oppressed, coined and elaborated by Augusto Boal
Other forms of interactive arts and/or education that share PTO's goal of promoting critical thinking and social justice

For example, presentations might include (but will not be limited to):
Workshops of Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Theatre of the Oppressed, or adaptations of those forms
Case studies of Pedagogy of the Oppressed and Theatre of the Oppressed work
Case studies of community organizing or community education projects
Dialogues between activists, artists, and/or popular educators, etc.
Case studies, workshops, or discussions of problem-posing education or popular education
Explorations of issues central to oppression, oppressed peoples, or the politics of defining oppression in the first place
Investigations of interactive performance, interactive education, and other facilitation techniques as tools for social and political engagement. We define performance broadly!
Geographical Scope: National


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