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ATDS CFP for ATHE 2016

Posted By Jocelyn Buckner, Monday, September 7, 2015

Please circulate widely (also attached):

 Call For Papers:


American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS) Sessions

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference

August 11-14 2016 – Palmer House Hilton – Chicago, IL


Submission Deadlines:

October 16th  (abstracts for individual papers only: submit to Jocelyn L. Buckner at;

November 1st (complete panel proposals: submit to ATHE at


ATHE 2016—Bodies at Work: Performance, Labor, and ATHE @ 30


Along with ATHE, the American Theatre and Drama Society also marks its 30th anniversary in 2016. ATDS celebrates this milestone by inviting both individual paper abstracts and full session proposals that explore how labor is represented in bodies of work, bodies at work, and bodies in works of American theatre and performance, past and present. Colleagues may also submit proposals that deal with other engaging topics in American theatre and drama, though preference will be given to proposals that reflect the ATHE 2016 theme. Papers and panel submissions are welcomed from all colleagues, and ATDS members are especially encouraged to submit. To learn more about membership benefits, please visit the ATDS website:


In addition to the traditional format of panels and papers, ATDS welcomes proposals for interactive, site specific, or other alternative-format presentations. Presenters submitting proposals outside of the traditional panel format are asked to be very specific in their proposals concerning the structure and number of participants so that ATHE can be advised about space/time needs.


The Fine Print: Additional Proposal Submission Information

Individual paper proposals may be submitted to ATDS Conference Planner, Jocelyn L. Buckner (, who will group submissions into cohesive panels, for consideration by ATHE. Individual proposals must be submitted to Jocelyn L. Buckner by OCTOBER 16, 2015. Abstracts (250 words) must include paper title and contact information, and must specify any AV needs. ATHE does not accept individual paper submissions, so DO NOT submit your individual proposal on the ATHE website. Individuals wishing to identify colleagues to create panels prior to the November 1st deadline should use the ATDS listserv: ATDS@LISTSERV.COFC.EDU or the new ATDS focus group page on the ATHE website: to circulate questions or possible panel topics.


Completed panel proposals (with all panel members assembled) must be submitted directly to ATHE ( by NOVEMBER 1, 2015. Please forward a copy of your completed proposal to Jocelyn L. Buckner ( Include all requests for AV, guest passes, or conference grants. ATHE permits two conference presentations per participant.

Multi-focus session proposals must be sponsored by a minimum of two (2) ATHE Focus Groups and/or Committees. It is your responsibility to contact each Focus Group Conference Planner or Committee Chair prior to the submission deadline to gain approval of all sponsoring Focus Groups and/or Committees. For contact information and additional details on proposal submissions visit ATHE’s website: and click on the “Conference” tab.

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