Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference
July 30-Aug 2, 2015 | Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Complete sessions: November 1
(submit online directly to www.athe.org
The LGBTQ Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education invites proposals for panels, performances, roundtables, seminars, “text-and-response,” working groups, etc. at ATHE 2015.
• We encourage submissions that think through underrepresented subject positions in LGBTQ studies such as disabled, trans, indigenous, non-white, and women-identified persons.
• We hope that session coordinators will consider not only disciplinary and institutional diversity as they curate submissions, but also assemble participants of different races, genders, and sexual orientations.
• Proposals that approach the conference format queerly and creatively are very welcome.
• We encourage participants to develop ideas related to the conference theme, “Je me souviens,” though we will consider all topics related to theater, performance, and LGTBQ issues.
• Three particular areas of interest are addressed more fully below: memory and remembrance; nationalism, imperialism, and (anti)colonialism; and questions of translation, language, and cross-cultural encounter.
Je me souviens.
Lest we forget.
Québec’s motto is a reminder to remember. Performance has the potential to unsettle distinctions between memory and history in ways that might imagine more radical and just futures. As a palimpsest, the stage permits LGBTQ people to riff on traditional notions of theatre in profane and unexpected ways. Using various memory practices—testimony, autobiographical performance, and recuperations of uncanny ancestors—LGBTQ folk have (re)inscribed our experiences into the master narratives and dominant discourses that repeatedly script us out. Gestures, poses, costumes, and sonic elements carry forward traces of queerness beyond the archive. In this vein of memory and remembrance, we encourage submissions that reflect on:
LGBTQ folk tales & myth making
Oral history as performance
Queer childhoods & queer ancestors
Dance, ritual, & gesture as memory
Forgetting, amnesia, & disability
Autobiography & autoethnography
Revivals & parodies
The conference theme is also an acknowledgement of Canada’s layered histories of colonialism and nationalism, of British imperial conquest over French Canadians, and of European settlement on indigenous land. Imperial projects have historically portrayed LGBTQ folks, alongside ethnic minorities, as threats to national security. More recently, scholars such as Scott Morgensen and Jasbir Puar have demonstrated the complicity of LGBTQ movements with settler colonialism and ethnic apartheid, though little work has been done to ground theatre, dance, and performance in these conversations. On this track of nationalism, imperialism, and (anti)colonialism, we seek submissions that explore:
Queer Nation & Lesbian Separatism
Pinkwashing & homonationalism
Citizenship & sexual deviance
Queer activism as performance
Nation-making, kinship, & (re)production
The English translation of “Je me souviens” is contested: “I remember,” and “Lest we forget.” This draws attention to tension in the labor of remembering as an individual or collective project; it also reflects the challenge of translation. Theatre, as we well know, is always an exercise in translation: from script to speech act, from improvised movement to repeatable gesture, from director’s vision to lighting director’s equipment limitations. Translation involves compromise and negotiation. What is lost when LGBTQ subcultures are translated for mainstream theatergoers? What is learned when western LGBTQ aesthetics are performed outside of the U.S. and Europe? Can queer pleasure come from the inevitable différance of translation? Attending to questions of translation, language, and cross-cultural encounters, we seek submissions that discuss:
Adaptation & interpretation
Non-English & multilingual LGBTQ theatre
Transnational circulations of queer theatre
The globalization of LGBTQ identities
Indigenous critiques of LGBTQ identity
Two spirit ritual, performance, & representation
LGBTQ theatre in the borderlands
INFORMATION ON SUBMITTING PROPOSALS:
1. Completed proposals
(with all session members assembled) may be submitted directly to ATHE atwww.athe.org
no later than November 1, 2014
. Please forward a copy of your completed proposal to Kareem Khubchandani (firstname.lastname@example.org
). Please note
that all technology requests must be included in your completed proposal. Consultation with the LGBTQ conference planner well in advance of the November 1
deadline is recommended and appreciated.
While complete sessions are strongly encouraged, individual paper proposals
may be submitted to the LGBTQ Focus Group conference planner (email@example.com
). The conference planner will attempt to group submissions into cohesive sessions but cannot guarantee inclusion. In order to be considered, individual proposals must be submitted by October 10, 2014
. Abstracts (250 words) must include the presentation title and the submitter’s contact information and must specify any A/V needs. ATHE does not accept individual paper submissions: do not submit your individual proposal on the ATHE website.
3. All A/V support is fee-based. Grants for A/V support are available and encouraged. To apply, follow the directions on the proposal submissions form at ATHE’s website and fill out any additional information required. You will be notified of grant monies at the same time that you are notified of the status of your session. ATHE cannot accommodate A/V requests submitted after November 1 without substantial cost to the individual presenter.
4. Please note that ATHE runs from Thursday through Sunday in 2015. The application form will not accept scheduling preferences.
5. We encourage session coordinators with proposals that encompass the interests of multiple focus groups to pursue a multidisciplinary session. Presenters wishing to create multidisciplinary sessions should contact the Focus Group conference planners for each of the three groups that they propose as co-sponsors of their sessions, since multidisciplinary session coordinators who do not complete this step are likely to have their sessions ranked low or rejected.
6. Presenters proposing sessions outside the traditional panel format are asked to be specific in their proposals concerning the structure and number of participants so that ATHE can be notified about time/space needs.
7. ATHE will notify the LGBTQ Focus Group concerning accepted or rejected panels in February. Presenters should expect to hear from the conference planner or the session coordinator by early March.