Indigenous Language Learning Through Theatre

A Panel on “Indigenous Language Learning Through Theatre”
as part of the 22nd Annual International Conference on Education
18-21 May 2020, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Education

The Education Unit of ATINER will hold a Panel on “Contemplative Education”, 18-21 May 2020, Athens, Greece as part of the 22nd Annual International Conference on Education sponsored by the Athens Journal of Education.

In the last two centuries, colonization ravaged many groups, and in this century the economic pressures of globalization are causing many groups to shift to a language with national or international status. The dire prediction is that 90% of the world’s 7000 languages will cease to exist by 2100. The decline and death of languages is an important global issue. From the point of view of the indigenous speakers, languages are important because they embody cultural heritage, they encode knowledge about the relationship between people and nature, and they provide a framework that defines an individual within a family or society. Thus, a high priority has been placed on the preservation of indigenous languages through ongoing research and language teaching. Already, important community-based work has been done in reversing language loss, but there is an urgency to accelerate the work as the Elders and fluent speakers are passing on. This panel will focus on how to support the cross-generational transfer of the Indigenous language and culture through the medium of theatre. We will look at alternative ways of language learning such as how to workshop indigenous stories into plays, perform them, and teach others how to make and perform plays. This panel is in particular of interest for professionals in the field of Education, Indigenous studies, Linguistics and Theatre. You may participate as presenter of one paper or observer.

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Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, an one-day visit to Delphi and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit a 300-word abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by 4 May 2020 to: Dr. Kirsten Sadeghi-Yekta, Assistant Professor, Theatre Department, University of Victoria, Canada. Abstracts should include the following: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. organize a stream, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email  to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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