CALL FOR PAPERS and PANELS:
Religion and Theatre Focus Group
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference
August 11-14, 2016 The Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, IL
Bodies at Work: Performance, Labor, and ATHE at 30
The Religion and Theatre Focus Group invites panels that address any issues arising from the conference theme and location. In addition to the traditional format of paper panels, we also welcome proposals in the form of roundtables, collaborations, staged readings, talkbacks, and more.
Our 2016 conference theme, “Bodies at Work: Performance, Labor, and ATHE at 30,” invites participants to consider the relationship between labor and performance, performance and/as work, and our own labor as teachers and scholars of theatre history. The conference will address the following key questions:
How does performance help us understand bodies at work, inside and outside theatre? How have theatre and performance historically put bodies to work, for better and for worse? How are bodies disciplined by routines of theatrical labor—or routines of teaching and learning? How can we understand different modes of labor as performances? How do we engage both the pleasure and precarity of bodies at work? How might we choreograph new ways of working?
There is much that can be said for the relationship between religion, performance and labor. One of the most striking internet memes of the last year revolved around critiquing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’s refusal to sign marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples. The “Do Your Job, Kim Davis” or “Still Does His/Her Job” meme, to say nothing of the labor of the political theatre surrounding the controversy, point to powerful intersections of work, spirituality, and performance in public life. We invite scholars and artists in higher education to consider how performing and laboring bodies make theatre and religion work.
In Chicago in 2016, we are excited to explore the rich connections between the conference theme and the particularities of Religion and Theatre. In addition to the issue of labor, we invite you to consider other implications of ATHE at 30. For example, where has scholarship of religion and theatre been over the last 30 years? And where is it going? What is the state of theatre education in religiously affiliated colleges and universities? What pedagogical interventions does consideration of religion bring to the theater classroom?
Remember that panels are not just an opportunity to showcase the work of people already active in the field, but also to bring in fresh ideas and new faces. We encourage you to distribute your CFPs widely and to think creatively about how to engage in new conversations in your sessions.
Complete Sessions (recommended):
Submit online directly to ATHE (http://www.athe.org/?page=16_Proposal) by 1 November
Individual paper proposals or session ideas:
Submit to Allan Davis (email@example.com) by Wednesday, 21 October and he will work with you create a complete session.
Multidisciplinary (MD) panels must be sponsored by at least three different focus groups.
All MD session organizers must contact the conference planners of all three sponsoring groups before submitting their session directly to ATHE by 01 November.
Starting the conversation:
Come to the Religion and Theatre Focus Group webpage at the ATHE Website (http://athe.site-ym.com/members/group.aspx?id=130356) to find colleagues with shared interests, participate in the discussion board, coordinate efforts to propose a panel, and learn about recent publications pertaining to our field of study.
Now is the time to begin your own conversations, brainstorming, and calls for participants on the Religion and Theatre page at the ATHE website. If you have any questions, confusion, or just need general advice about navigating the proposal process, feel free to email conference planner Allan Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are looking forward to an exciting and thought-provoking conference in Montréal and hope to see you there.