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Announcing ATHE 2015: Je me souviens / I remember

Tuesday, August 19, 2014  
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ATHE is pleased to announce that the 29th annual conference will be held on July 30 to August 2, 2015, in Montréal, Québec, Canada at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

The 2015 Conference theme is "Je Me Souviens," which translates to "I Remember." The committee wrote this description:

Quebec’s simple but provocative motto, which is not without controversy over interpretation, caught our imagination — both metaphorically and geographically. It invokes thoughts of remembering — remembering theatre at its best, when its immediacy and humanness is embraced, remembering our past and how it points to the future, and remembering our power to instigate change.

As most of our members will cross the national border of Canada and the provincial border of Quebec—which is recognized as a nation within Canada, and onto territory claimed by the First Nations Iroquois people, “Je me souviens” can be defined by considerations of place as well. Issues of country/isolation/assimilation that began in Phoenix, as well as acts of revolt/revolution, quiet and otherwise, give rise to consideration of the silences, the unsaid, the gestures, the sub-text, the dangers, the misunderstandings, the non-discursive in the “in-between” terrain between cultures, countries, and constituencies in Canada and beyond. Building on this, we can also embrace inter/trans-national and inter/trans-cultural exchanges in performance texts, process, or production.

Session proposals around this theme and description will be accepted soon through our website. For all the information related to Conference 2015, scroll over the Conference tab on the ATHE website.

The 2015 Conference Committee is:
Lionel Walsh, Vice President for 2015 Conference, University of Windsor
Kelly Howe, Vice President-Elect for 2016 Conference, North Central College
Erica Stevens Abbitt, University of Windsor
Henry Bial, University of Kansas
Cassidy Browning, University of Texas, Austin
Boone Hopkins, Converse College
David Kaye, University of New Hampshire
Baron Kelly, Chapman University
Miriam Mills, Rider University
Barbara Parisi, Long Island University, Brooklyn
Emily Rollie, Monmouth College
Fred Rubeck, Elon College 

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