the International Drama in Education Research Institute, is the
pre-eminent drama education research conference held triennially
in centres of excellence for drama education throughout the world.
Previous conferences have been held in Brisbane, Australia (1995),
Canada (1997), the USA (2000), England (2003) and Jamaica (2006).
In 2009 the event was hosted by the Faculty of Education and
Social Work at the University of Sydney, Australia. Audio files of a number of presentations from the institute are now available to listen to on the Program page of this website.
The theme of IDIERI 6 was “Drama Research Futures:
Examining our past, critiquing our present, imagining tomorrow” and
it examined the shifting conditions in schools and society generally.
The theme begged a discussion of the current state of drama education
and applied theatre, and engaged with the future of the field. While
speculative in some ways, it sought reflection on the past
as a way to examine our research agendas, contexts, methodologies
and practices. The conference aimed to provide fresh perspectives
on familiar debates and engagement in a critical examination of emerging
“The aim (of the first IDIERI
in 1995) was to critique the different modalities of research design,
to draw connections between them, and to probe how knowledge can
be advanced by their application. The term ‘institute’
was chosen specifically to describe this interaction. An institute
connotes a body that produces and promotes educational advancement,
a place where ideas can be investigated and new visions proposed.
An institute can become a beacon through which emerging understandings
happen, where stereotypical notions can be challenged, where new
beginnings occur.” (Philip Taylor, Preface to Researching Drama and Arts Education, Falmer Press, 1996)
The University of Sydney and the International Drama in Education Research Institute
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University campuses now sit: Cadigal peoples of the Eora Nation;
Deerubbin peoples; Tharawal peoples; Ngunnawal peoples; Wiradjuri peoples;
Gamilaroi peoples; Bundjulung peoples; Wiljali peoples and the Gureng Gureng
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customary laws, beliefs and traditions, and the close and enduring
relationship between the first peoples and their land, seas and rivers. The
University is committed to the protection and support of Indigenous
Australian cultural heritage and to educating the University community about
the continuing importance of this unique heritage of the lives of Australian
Indigenous peoples today.