Call for Session Proposals

PTO Feature - PTO2014 CFP

Submit your session proposal by Saturday, February 15!

The 20th Annual PTO Conference asks us to review, reflect and reimagine. We are asking you to consider these questions and shape these important dialogues by submitting proposals, papers, discussions, performances, workshops, debates, you name it, for presentation at the conference. Share your techniques, report on your projects, explore ideas for the future, seek assistance in meeting challenges, get constructive critique of your efforts, and raise new questions about the where’s and how’s of the struggle against oppression through theatre and education.

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

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!

Proposals that model interactive critical engagement and accessibility for multiple audiences will receive preference. Follow the link at the bottom of this page to submit your proposal by February 15, 2014.

Questions? Contact the conference team at

Information about accommodations, keynote guests, pre-conference and post-conference workshops will follow on the website very soon! Keep checking our website for more information throughout the year. We hope to see you in Omaha!



Presentation Formats

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions are 90 minutes in length.

Anti-Oppression Dialogue:  Specific interactive trainings for conference participants in various aspects of anti-oppression work, including language/terminology, specific communities and populations, challenges and ethics, and working methodologies rooted in liberatory education and/or TO techniques. Sessions should at minimum engage Paulo Freire’s basic ideas of dialogue. Request 1 or 2 90-minute sessions.

Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop, The Techniques:  Interactive workshops based directly on the work of Augusto Boal that focus on exploring, explaining, and experiencing techniques of TO. Workshops may also present adaptations, expansions, and permutations of the work necessary

Theatre of the Oppressed WorkshopThe Work in the World:  Interactive workshops that explore the multitude of ways Theatre of the Oppressed can be (and is) used for social justice, transformation, and liberatory work. Rooted clearly in Augusto Boal’s TO work, workshops and case studies may also highlight convergences with Pedagogy of the Oppressed, popular education, and other liberatory artistic and educational techniques. Request 1 or 2 90-minute sessions.

Pedagogy of the Oppressed Workshop: Interactive workshops based strongly in Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed that explore techniques, methodologies, and projects of liberatory education. Workshops may explore specific PO, popular education, or arts-based educational techniques and philosophies as well as case studies and/or examples of liberatory education work in the world. Request 1 or 2 90-minute sessions.

Performance: Staged plays, musical arrangements, comedy motifs, dances, etc. that facilitate transformation, liberation, social justice, and/or political engagement. Request 1 or 2 90-minute sessions

Debate or Dialogue: Discussions or debates between activists, artists, organizers, and/or popular educators. Sessions may also ask attendees to participate in dialogue around specific concepts, techniques, or case studies related to PO and/or TO work. All presenters must have agreed to participate and be part of the proposal. Request 1 or 2 90-minute sessions.

Panel: Pre-formed group of 3-4 presentations addressing a specific area of liberatory work. All presenters must have agreed to participate and be part of the proposal. Sessions must also include, at minimum, dialogue with attendees. Request 1 or 2 90-minute sessions.

Paper Presentation: Summary of research or issue in PO/TO work and theory, delivered from notes.Papers should not be read, but rather presented. Each presentation should last approximately 10-12 minutes, excluding discussion. We will cluster papers in groups of 3-4 with time for dialogue.