GROWING UP QUEER IN A CATHOLIC WORLD
A Multidisciplinary Panel for the LGBTQ and Religion and Theatre Focus Groups
Association for Theatre in Higher Education
Call for Papers
The proposed panel seeks to explore the intersection of queerness and Catholicism in theatrical performance by bringing together scholars with interests in LGBTQ studies and religion in theatre to present 15-20 minutes papers on the work of theatre artists from Catholic communities. With our presence in Montreal, a natural choice would be LGBTQ French-Canadian playwrights and performance practitioners, but the panel could include presentations on people from a variety of ethnic, national and cultural backgrounds that have been strongly influenced by the Catholic Church. That influence can be revealed directly, through the artist's depiction of Catholicism in her/his work, or indirectly as an influence on the artist's approach to theatre, worldview, etc. As an example, I will be writing about the failure of knowledge in Normand Chaurette's plays, primarilyProvincetown Playhouse, July 1919andFragments of a Farewell Letter Read by Geologists, as both a reflection of faith and a reaction against church dogma.
If you'd like to participate in this panel, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org your name, affiliation, proposed title (which can be changed later), email address and phone number so I may put in the proposal in a timely manner. I would like to receive proposals by October 20 at the latest.