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2018 Performance Studies Focus Group Travel Grant

Posted By Jasmine Mahmoud, Washington University In St. Louis, Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Performance Studies Focus Group is pleased to announce that it will award one travel grant to an adjunct faculty member presenting work at the 2018 ATHE Conference in Boston. The grant consists of a $200 stipend. The members of the award committee are: Lindsay Adamson Livingston, Michelle Liu Carriger, Eero Laine, and Patrick McKelvey.

 

In order to be eligible for this award, applicants must

      Have had a presentation accepted to a PSFG-sponsored or co-sponsored panel at the 2018 ATHE Conference in Boston.

      Hold a PhD

      Not occupy a tenured or tenure-earning position. Please note that preference will be given to applicants who are hired on a course-by-course basis (rather than annual contracts). Applicants who currently hold a postdoctoral fellowship are not eligible. Questions regarding this should be directed to Patrick McKelvey.

 

To apply, please submit a single PDF including the below information to pmckelvey@fsu.edu by

May 1, 2018.

      Contact information and institutional affiliation(s)

      Title of your presentation for ATHE 2018 and the PSFG-sponsored or co-sponsored panel on which it will appear

      A complete CV

      A brief (200 word max) description your goals for attending ATHE 2018 and its importance to your professional development

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PSFG Travel Grant

Posted By Jasmine Mahmoud, Washington University In St. Louis, Saturday, February 24, 2018

2018 Performance Studies Focus Group Travel Grant

 

The Performance Studies Focus Group is pleased to announce that it will award one travel grant to an adjunct faculty member presenting work at the 2018 ATHE Conference in Boston. The grant consists of a $200 stipend. The members of the award committee are: Lindsay Adamson Livingston, Michelle Liu Carriger, Eero Laine, and Patrick McKelvey.

 

In order to be eligible for this award, applicants must

      Have had a presentation accepted to a PSFG-sponsored or co-sponsored panel at the 2018 ATHE Conference in Las Vegas.

      Hold a PhD

      Not occupy a tenured or tenure-earning position. Please note that preference will be given to applicants who are hired on a course-by-course basis (rather than annual contracts). Applicants who currently hold a postdoctoral fellowship are not eligible. Questions regarding this should be directed to Patrick McKelvey.

 

To apply, please submit a single PDF including the below information to pmckelvey@fsu.edu by

April 1, 2018.

      Contact information and institutional affiliation(s)

      Title of your presentation for ATHE 2018 and the PSFG-sponsored or co-sponsored panel on which it will appear

      A complete CV

      A brief (200 word max) description your goals for attending ATHE 2018 and its importance to your professional development

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Emerging Scholars Panel PSFG/ATHE 2018 Call for Papers

Posted By Jasmine Mahmoud, Washington University In St. Louis, Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Performance Studies Focus Group (PSFG) of the Association of Theater in Higher Education (ATHE) conference invites submissions of papers for its Emerging Scholars Panel. The theme of this year’s conference, which will take place in Boston, MA August 1-5, is “Theatres of Revolution: Performance, Pedagogy, and Protest.”

 

The PSFG Emerging Scholars Panel is an opportunity for researchers to present their work at a major international conference at the outset of their career. All graduate students who have not yet presented at ATHE are eligible to apply. Selected emerging scholars are paired with a mentor from the field of Performance Studies who will offer critical feedback on papers in preparation for the conference. Successful applicants receive a $100 stipend as well as complimentary registration to the ATHE PSFG pre-conference.

 

Located at the boundaries and intersections of scholarly and artistic practice, Performance Studies theorizes and analyzes embodied practices and events, and explores the ways in which performance creates meaning and shapes social life. This year’s PSFG will develop a conversation on the theme of revolution using the historical and political backdrop of Boston.

 

Some questions we will consider include:

 

·       In what specific ways has the concept of revolution been used by state actors to construct legitimacy? To enact social control? To rewrite history?

·       What is the relationship between protest and performance today and in the past?

·       How can we take up questions of revolutionary bodies?

·       How does the paradigm of revolution illuminate the processes of bodily control enacted by the state?

·       How do concepts of revolution and the revolutionary inform our thinking about aesthetic creation?

·       How do political performances influence and shape our lives?

 

Submissions to the PSFG Emerging Scholars panel may engage these questions generated by the conference theme, or may address issues raised by Performance Studies more broadly. Papers across performance modes and historical periods are welcome. Topics may include:

 

·            Contested boundaries between performance, theater, and other art forms/disciplines

·           Performance as a modality of (historical) knowledge

·            Historiographical approaches to performance

·           Negotiating and building identity through performance

·           Situating performance in terms of race, gender, and sexuality

·           The role of performance in shifting configurations of power and resistance

·            Performative strategies of the avant-garde

·            Conflict, confrontation, and dissensus in the performance encounter

·           Intersections of performance and philosophy

·            Performance within postcolonial and neocolonial contexts

·           Performativity and theatricality

·           Embodiment and technological culture

 

Papers for the PSFG Emerging Scholars Panel should be formatted using MLA or Chicago style and adhere to a strict 2000-3000 word limit. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Please send completed papers (as attachments in Microsoft Word) along with a current CV to William W. Lewis at William.Lewis-2@colorado.edu. Successful applicants will be notified in early March 2018.

 

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ATHE Awards

Posted By Jasmine Mahmoud, Washington University In St. Louis, Friday, December 8, 2017

Dear PSFG Membership,

Hope you're well. I am writing with a reminder to stop by the Awards page on the ATHE website to check out awards for which you or others are eligible. Some nominations only take a few minutes to complete, others require planning on the part of nominators. Also, please start thinking about outstanding candidates for the Ellen Stewart Career Achievement in Professional Theatre, the Career Achievement in Academic Theatre, and the Oscar Brockett Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education, as these require nomination narratives and/or letters of support.

The deadline is February 15th for most awards.

The awards page can be found here:

http://www.athe.org/?page=Awards

Thank you!!

Jasmine
PSFG Webmaster

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Performance Studies Focus Group at ATHE CFP

Posted By Jasmine Mahmoud, Washington University In St. Louis, Monday, October 9, 2017

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

 

Performance Studies Focus Group (PSFG) Sessions

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference

August 1-5, 2018 – Boston, MA

Theatres of Revolution: Performance, Pedagogy, and Protest

 

 

Submission Deadlines:

October 13: for submission of abstracts for individual papers to conference planner Lindsay Adamson Livingston at lalivingston@byu.edu

November 1: for submission of complete session proposals directly to ATHE at www.athe.org

 

 

The Performance Studies Focus Group (PSFG) of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) invites paper and session proposals for ATHE’s 2018 annual meeting in Boston. Proposals will be welcomed in many formats—e.g. scholarly panels, seminars, roundtables, performance-based presentations, working groups, and other innovative, alternative-session structures—as well as on all theatre- and performance-related topics, particularly those that address the 2018 ATHE conference theme of “Theatres of Revolution: Performance, Pedagogy, and Protest.”

 

Our meeting in Boston—a city that embodies a complicated legacy of revolution and oppression—provides an opportunity to reconsider the performance, memorialization, and utilization of revolution in public life, politics, and education. PSFG encourages papers and proposals representing all historical periods and geographic locations. Proposals might consider some of the following questions, or pose alternatives to them:

 

      Politics of Revolution / Revolutionary Politics – In what specific ways has the concept of revolution been used by state actors to construct legitimacy? To enact social control? To rewrite history? How can performance theory elucidate this use in political campaigns, rallies, and other public events? How are “performances of revolution” in public places – museums, heritage sites, festivals – deployed and marketed as political and civic engagements? How do political performances influence and shape our lives?

 

      Protest and Performance – What is the relationship between protest and performance today? At different historical moments? How might performance be deployed as a mode of protest or counter-protest? What is the role of performance in resisting oppression? How can protest make hidden and ignored histories visible? How can performance further the necessary work of decolonization and reparation?

 

      Revolutionary Bodies  How can we take up questions of revolutionary bodies? What bodies are “made” revolutionary through enactments of law or normalizing ideologies? What are some possible connections between bodily hypervisibility and revolution? How does the paradigm of revolution illuminate the processes of bodily control enacted by the state?  How is violence made visible? By what means is surveillance enacted upon bodies? In what ways can sousveillance represent a revolution from below respond by making abuses of power visible? How might an exploration of performing bodies crack open the sedimented meanings of revolution and revolutionary?

 

      Revolutionary Pedagogies – How does performance studies as a field continue to offer opportunities to challenge and reimagine education? How can performance scholars and practitioners use performance to interrogate accepted narratives and empower students? In what ways could revolutionary performance contribute to the creation of utopian performatives (Dolan) or possible futurities (Muñoz)?

 

      Revolutionary Aesthetics – How do concepts of revolution and the revolutionary inform our thinking about aesthetic creation? Is the concept of revolution helpful in assessing creative movements? What is lost in framing the generation of art in terms of revolution and replacement? How can (and how have) performance theorists and practitioners utilize revolutionary aesthetics to resist repressive cultural formations and ideologies? What possibilities for troubling the familiar divisions between theory and practice, pedagogy and research, can be prompted by a reevaluation of (revolutionary) aesthetics?

 

 

 

How to Submit Your Proposal:

 

1.     All session proposals are filed electronically directly to ATHE. A link to the session proposal form can be found here. All session proposals have a deadline of November 1. After submission, please forward a copy of your completed proposal to Lindsay Adamson Livingston (lalivingston@byu.edu). Also: please note that all audio-visual technology requests must be included in your completed proposal (see #3 below). Include all requests for guest passes or conference grants. ATHE permits two conference presentations per participant.

 

2.     ATHE also accepts proposals for Multidisciplinary (MD) Sessions. Multidisciplinary Sessions must be sponsored by two different focus groups. All MD session organizers must contact the Conference Planners of both sponsoring groups before submitting their session directly to ATHE. Rather than thinking of these sessions as “multidisciplinary,” then—for much of our work in theatre and performance studies is inherently multidisciplinary—think of these sessions as “multi-focus group.” Crafting your proposal so it will address the constituencies of these different focus groups will likely make your MD Session proposal more successful. More information on proposing Multidisciplinary Sessions is available here.

 

3.     Please indicate A/V needs in your session proposal. If you do request audio or visual aids--particularly an LCD Screen and/or sound equipment--please be aware of the following: In order to schedule as many excellent Focus Group sessions as possible your session may be scheduled in a room without any audio or visual aids available. You will need to confirm in the proposal whether or not you would be willing to present this session if the requested audio visual is not available. Please understand that, if you say you are unwilling to present without and audio visual aids, the odds of your proposal acceptance may be negatively affected. See additional information about A/V requests here. You may request one piece of A/V equipment for free (see previous link for list of equipment). If you need more than one piece of A/V equipment, please remember to apply for the appropriate grant to cover the cost of A/V support at the time that you submit your session proposal. The grant must be requested separately from the submission of your proposal.

 

4.     Historically, submissions that pull together a strong panel of participants have been more successful than panels comprised of individually submitted papers. If you are looking for co-panelists, please visit our Facebook Group (here) or contact a PSFG officer about relaying your inquiries to our group membership. You can find information about becoming a member of PSFG and joining our listserv here.

 

However, with an eye toward helping to promote networking opportunities via PSFG, especially amongst new ATHE members, we are working to improve the individual-paper submission process. So, when you submit an individual paper proposal, the Focus Group Conference Planner will curate panels, matching up related papers, and then put those authors in touch with one another so that they can craft their own session proposal by the Nov 1 deadline. In order to facilitate this process, individual paper proposals must be received directly by the Conference Planner Lindsay Adamson Livingston (lalivingston@byu.edu), no later than October 13th. These proposals should include title and affiliation, contact information, a brief bio, an abstract of 250 words, and specifications for any A/V needs.

 

5.     Notifications for accepted and rejected sessions are typically announced by mid-March.

 

If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to contact:

 

Lindsay Adamson Livingston

PSFG Conference Planner

Department of Theatre and Media Arts

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT 84604

lalivingston@byu.edu

 

 

 

 

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ATHE 2018: Call, Proposal Session FAQs, and Grant FAQs

Posted By Jasmine Mahmoud, Washington University In St. Louis, Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Dear PSFG Membership,

Here please find a link to the 2018 ATHE call:

http://www.athe.org/page/18_home

And attached please find the Session Proposal Process FAQs and Grant FAQs.

Thank you!!

Jasmine

 




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SPECTACLE: 2017 Performance Studies Focus Group Pre-Conference

Posted By Jasmine Mahmoud, Washington University In St. Louis, Monday, July 24, 2017
SPECTACLE
Performance Studies Focus Group at ATHE Pre-Conference
August 2 - 3, 2017
UNLV & Planet Hollywood

Curated by: Michelle Liu Carriger & Eero Laine

KEYNOTE:
Rebecca Schneider, Brown University
“Intrainanimation: Shipping, Star Trekking, and Breaking Out of Orbit in Las Vegas”

PLENARY PANELS with:
Jim Ball, Texas A&M University, Lindsay Brandon Hunter, University at Buffalo, SUNY, Petra Kuppers, University of Michigan, Aileen Robinson, Stanford University, Catherine Schuler, University of Maryland, College Park, Gwynn Shanks, Mellon/Walker Art Center, & Megan Shea, NYU

WORKING GROUPS:
“Troubling Spectacle” | “Spectacles of Space and Protest” | “Spectacular Bodies” | “Digital Spectacles”

EVENT:
Cartographies of Spectacle


For more information & to register, visit:
psfglasvegas.wordpress.com

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MAL Nominations

Posted By Patrick McKelvey, Brown University, Monday, July 3, 2017
There are two MAL (Member at Large) positions up for election with ATHE. Nominations are now being accepted. I include abbreviated descriptions of the positions below, and include attached a pertinent info from the ATHE Operations Manual. Please note that neither incumbent is seeking re-election. If you are interested in nominating someone (including yourself), please email Becky Prophet at fprophet@alphred.edu. Include a brief bio and a vision statement, a photo will also be requested. 
 
Please be in touch with Becky Prophet if you have any questions or concerns. 
 
I am also happy to answer any questions that I can.
 
Best,
 
Patrick 
pmckelvey@fsu.edu 
 

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Pay It Forward Program

Posted By Patrick McKelvey, Brown University, Tuesday, June 20, 2017
The Black Theatre Association would like to share an exciting new initiative we will be launching at this year’s ATHE Conference—the Pay-It-Forward: All-Career Level Mentorship Program. This program aims to create and nurture lasting professional connections and relationships by pairing graduate students with junior scholars/artists, and junior scholars/artists with senior scholars/artists.  We are working towards expanding the program for all of ATHE.

If you are interested in joining us in this effort, we are happy to share the questionnaire and survey that went out to all BTA members at the launch of this program, so that you may gauge interest in your Focus Group. You may complete the survey by following this link: BTA ATHE MENTOR SURVEY Please complete the survey before July 10.

Focus Group Representatives and Mentor program participants will be invited to the Pay It Forward: All-Career Level Mentorship Program Breakfast, which will be held on Saturday morning, August 5th in the President's Suite at the ATHE conference hotel. The breakfast is meant to introduce mentors and mentees and discuss expectations and guidelines for the program so all Focus Group Reps and members who wish to serve as a mentor and/or mentee are invited.  We would like a formal headcount for attendees by July 10 so please forward the names and contact information of any participants from your Focus Group along with any questions or concerns to Katelyn Hale Wood (katelynhalewood@gmail.com) and BTA President, Monica White Ndounou (monica.ndounou@tufts.edu).

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PSFG Pre-Conference CFP -- Proposals due April 30

Posted By Jasmine Mahmoud, Washington University In St. Louis, Wednesday, April 26, 2017
CALL FOR PROPOSALS

PSFG ATHE Pre-Conference, 
August 2nd and 3rd, 2017


The ATHE Performance Studies Focus Group calls for papers for its upcoming pre-conference. Papers should address the broad theme of “Spectacle” through the lens of performance studies and the ongoing themes and debates in the and across the field. Rebecca Schneider will be the keynote speaker for the pre-conference and will frame our conversations with a talk entitled: “Among, Beside, and With: Alternatives to Binarizing Geometries of Spectacle.” The pre-conference will also feature a plenary panel consisting of papers that specifically address spectacle at the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and class in Las Vegas or Las Vegas-like settings. All other accepted proposals will be grouped into working groups that will circulate papers prior to the pre-conference and meet in person during a working group session. Plenary speakers will each speak for twenty minutes. Working group papers should be no more than ten pages. We welcome research that takes a variety of forms--written and performative.

In conjunction with the main PSFG conference call and the keynote topic, we invite proposals on any aspect of performance studies and spectacle such as
  • Spectacular geographies
  • Spectacular bodies
  • Spectacular politics
  • Spectacle and labor
  • Spectacle and consumption
  • Spectacle and environment

We seek to inhabit the pre-conference with a diverse cross section of established and emerging performance studies scholars and practitioners. Proposals should consist of abstracts of up to 250 words and bios of up to 150 words. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for the plenary sessions when applying. The pre-conference will take place all day on Wednesday, August 2nd and in the morning on Thursday, August 3rd.

Submit proposals by April 30th to pre-conference organizers: Michelle Liu Carriger (michelle.liu.carriger@gmail.com) and Eero Laine (eero.email@gmail.com)

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