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|ATHENews - October 4, 2011 - Volume 25, Number 3 - Focus Group Calls for Papers|
Calls for Papers
Fully engaged in research internationally, Asian Performance scholars are global advocates. Not only can we use this conference theme to examine performance as/is civic engagement on a regional level, but we can explore where that engagement crosses regional, national and international boundaries. (Panels might address theatrical movements, specialties, historical moments, key individuals, etc.) The AAP welcomes all panels and papers that address broad intersections of the theme and all genres of Asian performance. investigations of specific modern, contemporary and/or traditional performances and genres, as well as intercultural, cross-cultural and diasporic topics are welcome. We also welcome all types of historical, theoretical, performative and dramatic/literary analysis. Topics of interest might include, but are not limited to:
Submit individual papers to conference planner John D. Swain (email@example.com) by October 15 to be possibly matched with others to compose a complete panel. If you submit a complete session, please forward a separate copy to Mr. Swain.
ATDS @ 25: Looking Forward, Looking Back
ATDS plans to put forward three multi-disciplinary calls for papers on the following topics:
ATDS will also program one additional panel on the state of the profession, to be offered at the end of the conference as a response to all previous sessions.
Submit individual papers to conference planner Susan Kattwinkel (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 15 to be possibly matched with others to compose a complete panel. If you submit a complete session, please forward a separate copy to Ms. Kattwinkel.
With two hours available in Chicago, through the scheduling of two Design and Technology Focus Group meetings by Ellen Jones, members had sufficient time to develop a laundry list of possible session topics and discussion ideas. Though not an exhaustive list, what follows are just a few of the possible topics to consider:
Now is the time to connect. Our Conference Planner, Denise Massman, from Siena College, (email@example.com) is ready to help get the ball rolling. You might even want to join us on facebook: ATHE Design & Technology Focus Group. Get the e-dialogue started before the proposal submission deadline of November first is on the doorstep.
The Latino/a Focus Group invites panel proposals or individual paper proposals that address the conference theme broadly or deal with other engaging topics in the field of Latino/a and Latin American theatre and performance. In addition to the traditional format of paper panels, we also welcome alternative and innovative formats that bring together scholars and/or artists in dialogue (i.e. roundtables, collaborations, stage readings, talkbacks, etc.) for ATHE 2012 in Washington, D.C. In addition, we encourage participants to develop ideas, papers, and presentations related to the conference theme that highlight and articulate actions by Latinos/as that may be characterized as performative or theatrical modes of civil resistance and/or disobedience that incite engagement.
The Latina/o Focus Group is also interested in sessions that explore the specific ways performance, performative actions, theatrically conceived actions, and theatre can or have articulated civic engagement in the terms of conflicts that address the formation of nation, the implementation of law and public policy, gender, sexuality, education, militarization, and the multitude of social dilemmas and injustices pertinent to Latinos/as and Latin American peoples.
Topics and subjects to be considered could include:
Submit individual papers to conference planner Irma Mayorga (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 15 to be possibly matched with others to compose a complete panel. If you submit a complete session, please forward a separate copy to Ms. Mayorga.
The LGBTQ Focus Group invites panel, performance, roundtable, seminar, “text-and-response,” working group, and related proposals. Although presentations on all topics related to theatre and performance in general and to LGBTQ issues in particular will be considered, we encourage participants to develop ideas related to the conference theme, “Performance as/is Civic Engagement: Advocate, Collaborate, Educate,” and, more especially, to our Focus Group’s riff on that theme, “Outlaw Civics, Out Engagements.”
As the conference on the whole challenges us to consider every theatrical event as a mode of civic engagement, as well as to think about the necessity of theatre in our schools, cities, nations, and worlds, the LGBTQ Focus Group is interested in sessions exploring the specific ways in which LGBTQ scholars, performers, audiences, educators, and students act as advocates for civil disobedience and dissidence; for theatrical unrest and restlessness; for outlaw, outside, outsider, “out there,” and otherwise out performance. Questions to be considered could include:
We also invite session coordinators to think “queerly” about the kinds of sessions that they propose and the composition of the colleagues in those proposed sessions, as ATHE on the whole encourages a move away from traditional panels (though a certain number of traditional panel proposals are, of course, welcome). How, for instance, might a session incorporate a performance, a paper, and on-site response(s) to the paper and performance? How might we profit from a series of participants’ short, interpretive assessments of a single, guiding performance or text? What kind of conversation would emerge in a seminar whose members (scholars, artists—and others—alike) circulated pre-written papers and used those papers to generate discussion questions for the conference? And what more radical alternatives to the traditional panel have yet to be conceived?
Submit individual papers to conference planner Nick Salvato (email@example.com) by October 15 to be possibly matched with others to compose a complete panel. If you submit a complete session, please forward a separate copy to Mr. Salvato.
The Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group invites panel proposals with the theme “Performance As/Is Civic Engagement: Advocate, Collaborate, Educate.” We welcome all panels and papers that address broad intersections of the theme and musical theatre and dance, including the following as possible topic areas:
We encourage proposals of complete panel, while also being willing to help unite individual papers, dealing with these or other topics related to MTD, with like-minded individuals. Oftentimes ideas are floated on our list-serv(firstname.lastname@example.org), and wonderful collaborations are found there. Your conference planner for MT/D is Stephanie Dean (email@example.com). Please contact her if you have any questions and notify her when you have submitted your panel on the ATHE web site.
The Religion and Theatre Focus Group invites panels that address any issues arising from the conference theme. In addition to the traditional format of paper panels, we also welcome proposals in the form of roundtables, collaborations, staged readings, talkbacks, and more.
The relationship between religion and civic engagement has always been complicated and compelling. In Washington D.C. late summer 2012, the dialogue between the two will be enhanced and focused during the presidential election. This site-specific conference suggests a number of avenues for fruitful discussion: What role does religion play in political performance? How might religious performance disrupt or enhance civic engagement? What are important or difficult collaborations between religious and civic performance? What have been important sites of advocacy for religion and theatre in the past/the present/the future?
Submit individual papers and workshops to Megan Jones by October 15 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be possibly matched with others to compose a complete panel.
The Theatre and Social Change (TASC) Focus Group invites workshops, panel and proposals related to the conference theme, “Performance as/is Civic Engagement: Advocate, Collaborate, Educate,” and the intersections of performance, protest, and social change. TASC is particularly interested in experiential, hands-on workshops, demonstrations and presentations.
TASC invites submissions that document the power of theatre as an instrument of political, social, and cultural change. Since ATHE 2012 will take place in the nation’s capitol and only a few months before the national elections, TASC is particularly interested is considering:
Submit individual papers and workshops to Willa Taylor by October 14 (email@example.com) to be possibly matched with others to compose a complete panel. If you submit a complete session, please forward a separate copy to Ms. Taylor.
Theatre as a Liberal Art is accepting proposals. As a focus group, TLA is interested in sponsoring panels that promote theatre as an integral, interdisciplinary component of the higher education experience and that articulate the significance of theatre as a discipline in the arts and humanities that intentionally reflects the human experience. In addition, TLA is interested in sponsoring panels that incorporate the conference theme of “Performance As/Is Civic Engagement: Advocate, Collaborate, Educate” into the broader focus area of Theatre as a Liberal Art. Some possible panel topics that have already been suggested include the following:
Submit individual papers and workshops to Julie Schmitt by October 15 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be possibly matched with others to compose a complete panel.
As with the other focus groups, VASTA is excited with the possibilities of the 2012 Conference. We want to urge members and nonmembers of VASTA to submit proposals for this conference. The theme includes the statement, “How can we use performance to help our students find their voices as local, national, and global advocates?” The phrase, "help our students find their voices," especially stands out to our Focus Group. I urge potential presenters to think creatively in using this element of the theme as they formulate ideas for this conference. Please send your proposals to our Conference Planner, Kristen Loree, at email@example.com by October 15. We look forward to hearing from you.
The Women and Theatre Program invites proposals. Proposed formats may include panels, performances, roundtables, seminars, “taught panels,” working groups, responses to a shared reading, or other related formats on all topics related to Women and Theater. Although presentations on all topics related to women and theater will be considered, we encourage participants to develop ideas related to the conference theme, “Performance as/is Civic Engagement: Advocate, Collaborate, Educate.”
We also invite session coordinators to think creatively about the kinds of sessions that they propose and the composition of the colleagues in those proposed sessions.
Submit individual paper proposals to Nicole Eschen (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 15 to be possibly matched with others to compose a complete panel.