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CFP: ATHE 2017 Roundtable

Posted By Karen J. Martinson, Chicago State University, Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Apologies for cross-postings.

We are currently seeking participants, particularly scholars of color, to contribute to our ATHE Roundtable discussion. Interested participants should send a presentation title, brief abstract (250 words or less), and short bio/contact information to Karen Jean Martinson (misskarenjean@gmail.com) by Sunday, October 30. 

 Radical Inclusion: Tactics for Fostering Dynamic, Productive Learning Spaces for Discussing Race

This roundtable discussion explores the insights gleaned and the challenges encountered in teaching the sensitive subject of race and racial oppression in different institutional configurations. 

Black Lives Matter. Police brutality. Hamilton. Donald Trump. Over the past few years, we have seen spectacle, haunted as it is by the spectre of race, harnessed as a force for social change as well as an agent for social devolution. Amidst these contradictions, the only thing that seems clear is the fact that we have yet to address our national history of racial oppression. As theatre educators, we are uniquely suited to leading this conversation and for staging performances that can reimagine what diversity means and how a diverse society can flourish. ATHE has long been an incubator for such vital discussions. Notes President Patricia Ybarra in her 2015 Message to the Membership, “The push to radical inclusion will be a long road and one that will not progress evenly forward. At the end of the day, however, I do believe in institutions and more specifically, in productive, painful and often slow and frustrating institutional change.” This roundtable seeks to add to that slow progress, looking at how institutional setting impacts the teaching of the sensitive subject of race. How do the conversations change when the instructor’s identity markers align with or diverge from the dominant demographic of the classroom? How does privilege – racial, gender, economic – complicate the way our instruction can be crafted and is received? We hope to share tactics for fostering dynamic, productive learning spaces.

 

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Call for Submissions: ATDS Vera Mowry Roberts Award

Posted By Susan Tenneriello, Baruch College, CUNY, Monday, October 17, 2016

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

ATDS VERA MOWRY ROBERTS AWARD

 

The American Theatre and Drama Society once again offers the Vera Mowry Roberts Research and Publication Award for the best essay published in English (essays must appear in a refereed scholarly journal or edited collection). The essay must focus on Theatre and/or Performance in the Americas (recognizing that notions of “America” and the United States encompass migrations of peoples and cultures that overlap and influence one another). The award recipient will receive $200 and a one-year membership in ATDS and will be recognized at ATDS’s meeting during the annual convention of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).

Deadline: March 1, 2017

Eligibility: The author must be a degreed (no longer enrolled in a graduate program) but untenured scholar at the time the essay is published. The competition is also open to independent scholars, or scholars working in adjunct, or full-time, non-tenure track positions. Eligible essays must have been published between February 2016 and February 2017.

Nomination: Nominations may come from the author of the essay, any member of the American Theatre and Drama Society, or the editor of a journal or collection in which the essay appeared. Authors may nominate only one essay. Editors may nominate one essay per volume or collection.


Submission: Electronic submissions only.  Email a PDF to Prof. Susan Tenneriello, Chair of the Selection Committee:  susan.tenneriello@baruch.cuny.edu

Evaluation: The awarded essay will be evaluated by a selection committee on the basis of originality, critical rigor, demonstration of a broad knowledge of the topic and field, and the promise of future professional development of the author.

 

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Assistant Professor in Black Theater and Performance, Dartmouth College

Posted By Irma Mayorga, Monday, September 14, 2015

Assistant Professor, tenure track. The Theater Department at Dartmouth College seeks to fill a position in black theater and performance. The successful candidate will teach courses related to her or his area of specialization, as well as Introduction to Theater and survey courses in world theater history.

 

Qualifications: PhD in theater, performance studies, or related field; strong commitment to and experience in undergraduate teaching; promising record of research and publication. Experience in directing or other practical experience in theater is preferred. 

Interested candidates should submit electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/31496 a letter of application, C.V., and three letters of recommendation. Questions about the position should be directed to Laura Edmondson at Laura.Edmondson@dartmouth.edu. Consideration of applications will begin on November 16, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. Appointment will be made for the 2016-17 academic year. Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity.  In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans or any other legally protected group. 

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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 jocelynbuckner@gmail.com);

November 1st (complete panel proposals: submit to ATHE at www.athe.org)

 

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: www.atds.org.

 

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 (jocelynbuckner@gmail.com), 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: www.athe.org/group/ATDS to circulate questions or possible panel topics.

 

Completed panel proposals (with all panel members assembled) must be submitted directly to ATHE (www.athe.org) by NOVEMBER 1, 2015. Please forward a copy of your completed proposal to Jocelyn L. Buckner (jocelynbuckner@gmail.com). 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: www.athe.org and click on the “Conference” tab.

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ATDS Graduate Student Research Award

Posted By Jennifer-Scott Mobley, East Carolina University, Monday, January 5, 2015

AMERICAN THEATRE AND DRAMA SOCIETY GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD

Purpose: To provide support for a graduate student conducting research in the area of American theatre and drama, recognizing that notions of “America” and the US encompass migrations of peoples and cultures that overlap and influence one another. Funds may be requested to support travel related to archival research, ethnographic or oral history fieldwork, or for other expenses related to research.
Eligibility: Any student currently enrolled in a graduate program in theatre/performance studies is eligible, as well as those in ancillary programs. Students need not be members of ATDS to apply. Please note that the applicant must still be in graduate school during the proposed time of use for the award.
Award: $400.00 + a one year membership to ATDS
Application Process and Deadline: Please submit the following materials via email to Jennifer-Scott Mobley at jenscottmob@gmail.com by April 1
1. A one-page proposal (double-spaced, 12 pt. font) detailing your research project and providing an explanation of how the award will facilitate your research goals, the relationship of the research to any larger projects (such as a dissertation or article in-progress), and the significance of the project to the field of American  theatre and drama).
2. An up-to-date CV.
3. Two letters of support from faculty mentors familiar with your work. Letters from ATDS members are especially welcome, but not required. Letters should be e-mailed directly to Committee Chair at jenscottmob@gmail.com 
Awardee will be notified by May 15th 2015

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CFP: Subverting Academia and Subversive Academics - a Symposium at the University of Maryland

Posted By LaRonika Thomas, University of Maryland, College Park, Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Call for Proposals:

Papers, Installations, Performances, Manifestos, and Workshops

Subverting Academia and Subversive Academics

Due January 5, 2015

 

A Symposium by the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

University of Maryland, College Park

March 5th and 6th, 2015

 

Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies will present A Festival of Subversive Artists and Minds: a multimedia and interdisciplinary investigation of subversion in the arts. The festival will explore questions of subversion and the arts: How do artists use the arts to challenge, transgress, and overturn established authorities and conventions? Where does subversion appear in the arts and what qualifies an artist for the dangerous and seductive epithet, subversive? When is it the responsibility of art to make a difference?

 

This symposium offers an opportunity to engage scholars and artists in an exploration of subversion’s multiple meanings and uses in research, artistic practice, scholarship, and pedagogy.  During this interdisciplinary symposium, we will look at subversion through multiple lenses, such as the artistic, the political, the scientific, the legal, the historical, the sociological, and the pedagogical.  We welcome proposals from all areas of the humanities, sciences, arts, and social sciences that broadly explore the concept of subversion and academia, with particular interest in the theatrical and the performative.  Given the changes to labor practices within academia, we are interested in how subversion may not be merely an object of study, but may also be a pedagogical mode or method. 

 

Possible presentations, discussions, performances, and panels include:

 

·       Performance and Subversion – Subversion as a Performance Paradigm

·       Labor Studies and Subversiveness

·       Subversion and Scientific Research

·       Subversive Teaching Methods/Pedagogy as Subversion

·       Subversion and Embodiment

·       Subversion and the Built Environment

·       Subversion and Identity (race, class, gender, sexuality, age, disability, etc.)

·       The way subversion manifests in a variety of fields, including cultural studies, economics, history, anthropology, visual and performing arts, literature, etc.

 

While this symposium will feature traditional formats of papers and panels, we also encourage proposals that might subvert traditional symposia structures, including performances and interactive presentations. We will consider submissions by graduate and undergraduate students.

 

Please send proposals of 250 words or less to symposium co-chairs, LaRonika Thomas and Khalid Y. Long, at umdsubversivesymposium@gmail.com by January 5, 2015.

 

Please include the title of your paper or project, your name, affiliation, a 100-word bio, and any A/V requests.

 

For more information about the symposium or the year-long Festival of Subversive Artists and Minds, please visit:  www.subfest.org.

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Seeking Co-Panelist(s)

Posted By Nelson Barre, Roanoke College, Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dan Ciba and I (Nelson Barre) are seeking a co-panelist or two for a panel we would like to propose for the upcoming ATHE Conference in Montreal.

 Dan's work is on the recently re-discovered Mark Twain play Is He Dead? which was adapted by David Ives prior to its Broadway run in 2007. A detailed comparison between Twain's original and Ives' adaptations raises some interesting questions about the politics of adapting American identity for contemporary audiences. Must a contemporary playwright heavily adapt American history in order to create a popular adaptation? How much of the success of this play rests upon recovering Twain's history, even at the expense of strongly amending it? What are the filters that contemporary American performance needs to remember the past?

Nelson's paper focuses on the issues of ghosting and re-appropriation in Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. I interrogate the ways in which the play reappropriates not only the politics of American race relations but also the original play (A Raisin in the Sun). Norris's play uses the reference to Lorraine Hansberry's classic as a short-hand for recognition of - and confrontation with - themes that continue to haunt American identities through reconstructed versions of the past.

We are looking for one or two more participants who are interested in proposing a panel with us. Please contact Dan Ciba (danciba@hotmail.com) and/or myself (nelson.barre@gmail.com) if you are interested in joining this panel.

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ATHE 2015 CFP: Feminist Pedagogies

Posted By Catherine M. Young, Princeton Writing Program, Monday, October 13, 2014

Fantasy Feminisms: Remembering and Reimagining Feminist Pedagogies


In response to ATHE 2015’s conference theme, Je me souviens (“I remember”), this roundtable seeks to foster a community that reflects on their experiences of teaching theatre and performance with feminist intentions. We invite participants to remember a course or particular moment in a course---an assignment, a lesson plan, a discussion of a text or performance, for instance---that stands out as a success or a failure of feminist pedagogy. What did you do, what were your intentions, and what would you do differently in retrospect? We encourage participants to collect digital “souvenirs” to share---assignment sheets or (with students’ permission) examples of student writing, videos, images of projects, etc.---to enrich our conversation and to create an archive of feminist teaching practices.


We seek participants eager to discuss such questions as:

  • How do pedagogies that explicitly engage race, sexual and gender identity, ethnicity, and class, for example, intersect with feminisms in the classroom?

  • How do feminist pedagogies work in practice-based classrooms? (This could address acting, directing, or design classes.)

  • In what ways can digital connectivity be harnessed for sustained engagement and meaningful student learning in the classroom?


This session builds on the ATHE 2014 Women and Theatre roundtable “Fantasy Feminisms: Dreaming of the Perfect Syllabus” in which five participants shared syllabi and assignment strategies on the blog fantasyfeminisms.com. This year, we will ask participants to post a 200-400 word reflection on the blog one month prior to the conference. At the conference, participants will share their memories and souvenirs with each other and the audience. The remainder of the session will be dedicated to a roundtable discussion of feminist classroom practices, allowing ample time for audience observations and contributions.


If interested, please submit an abstract that includes the title of your course and a 1-3 sentence description of the memory you would like to present to catherineyoung100@gmail.com and jdel_vecchio@gc.cuny.edu by Monday, October 27th.

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BTA CFP for ATHE 2015

Posted By Jocelyn Buckner, Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Circulated on behalf of BTA conference planner Monica White Ndounou:

 

Black Theatre Association (BTA)

Call for Papers

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2015 Conference

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel — Montréal, Québec, Canada

July 30- August 2, 2015

Submissions Deadlines:

November 1st for complete panel proposals — online through the ATHE

homepage (visit http://www.athe.org/ and click on the “Conference” tab.)

October 18th for individual paper proposals — please email a 200-word abstract

to Monica White Ndounou, BTA Conference Planner, at

monica.ndounou@tufts.edu.

The Black Theatre Association (BTA), a Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), invites complete panel proposals and individual abstracts for ATHE’s 2015 conference. In light of the conference theme, “Je me souviens (I Remember),” BTA is particularly interested in panels, papers and creative presentations that explore black theatre’s engagements with processes of re-membering, forgetting and cultural transmission. The conference site of Montréal (where this provocative political motto evokes controversy) encourages us to interrogate the conference theme in a global context. How might the stage and the institutions that house these stages be transformed to foster and support an empowered remembrance of black cultures, histories and performances? How does the representation of Haitians, Native Americans and various minority groups of people of color in Quebec and throughout Canada encourage remembrance of Diasporic cultures on the world stage? How can institutions in theatre and higher education best support and serve diasporic communities in their quests to remember and reconcile cultural heritage and national identity?

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

• Concepts of memory: rememory, blood memory, emotion-memory, muscle memory, and prosthetic memory, institutional memory, etc.

• Theatre as a vehicle for engaging individual or collective retrospection

• The role of the theatre practitioners and/or scholars in shaping what and how audiences remember

• The role of art, film/video or new technology in solidifying institutional memory

• Historical and contemporary examples of staging Diasporic memories

• Strategies for staging memories of slavery, emancipation, migrations and movements of people of color in Africa and the New World

• Remembering pedagogies of theory and practice

• Staging or dramatizing memoirs, autobiographies, biographies, etc.

Black Theatre Association encourages session formats that go beyond the reading of scholarly papers. We encourage proposals that include short play readings, performance workshops, networking and mentorship activities, or conversations about pedagogy and the academic profession that engage the conference theme.

Proposers must submit all requests for audiovisual needs, conference grants, or guest passes with proposal submission. Please note: ATHE limits all participants to 2 presentations/appearances at each conference.

You can use BTAs new email list and online forums to discuss panel ideas with other scholars and artists and to solicit contributors for panel proposals. To connect with other BTA members and gain access to these tools, please “join” BTA by visiting our web page: http://www.athe.org/group/BTA. Multi-focus session proposals for sessions sponsored by a minimum of two (2) ATHE Focus Groups or Committees must have the approval of all sponsoring Focus Groups and/or Committees prior to proposal submission. Anyone proposing a multi-focus session for ATHE 2015 must contact all the relevant Conference Planners and/or Committee Chairs for their approval, prior to proposal submission. Contact information can be found on ATHE’s website: http://www.athe.org/

The Black Theatre Association (BTA) is an organization composed of scholars, graduate students, and theatre artists of differing ages, races, colors, genders, national origins, religious beliefs, shapes, and sizes. Our unified interest in the critical study of Black theatre from a global perspective informs our collective desire to inform and promote the experiences of Black people as expressed in various forms of drama and performance.

Black Theatre Association Officers, 2014-2015

Jonathan Shandell, President/Focus Group Representative

shandelj@arcadia.edu

Monica White Ndounou, Conference Planner

monica.ndounou@tufts.edu

Tabitha Chester, Secretary

chestert@denison.edu

Nicole Hodges Persley, Member-at-Large

hodgespersley@ku.edu

Isaiah Wooden, Member-at-Large

isaiah.wooden@gmail.com

Khalid Long, Graduate Student Representative

longky@umd.edu

Le’Mil Eiland, Graduate Student Representative

lemileiland@gmail.com

Anndretta Lyle Wilson, Graduate Student Representative

anndretta@ucla.edu

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Updated ATDS CFP for ATHE 2015

Posted By Jocelyn Buckner, Tuesday, September 23, 2014

 

UPDATED CALL FOR PAPERS:

AMERICAN THEATRE AND DRAMA SOCIETY (ATDS) SESSIONS

ASSOCIATION FOR THEATRE IN HIGHER EDUCATION (ATHE) CONFERENCE

JULY 30-AUGUST 2, 2015 – FAIRMONT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOTEL – MONTRÉAL QUEBEC

Submission Deadlines:

October 17th (abstracts for individual papers only: submit to Jocelyn L. Buckner at jocelynbuckner@gmail.com);

November 1st (complete panel proposals: submit to ATHE at www.athe.org)

ATHE 2015—"Je Me Souviens": I Remember

Building on ATHE’s 2015 conference theme and recognizing the rich historic, geographic, cultural, and national characteristics of Quebec, ATDS invites papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative-format sessions that explore memory and (re)membering in American theatre and performance, past and present. Possible avenues of investigation include:

 How is "America" differently conceived by U.S. and Canadian playwrights and theatres? What communities and cultures are erased or forgotten in those narratives of nation building, e.g., re immigration, assimilation, and revolution?

 Quebec holds the histories of a diverse population of indigenous peoples. How do the theatre and performance histories/traditions/activism of these populations contribute to our understanding of an American theatre tradition?

 How do we, as theatre and performance studies educators, scholars, and artists, negotiate the slippery borders between memory, historical events, and performance on stage and in our classrooms?

 Marvin Carlson has described the theatre as a "memory machine," a place haunted by the specter of prior performance and practice. In what ways do performances of historical events force participants and spectators to not only "recycle," but also (re)invent the past?

 In what ways have national and indigenous theatres in the Americas dealt with "memory," broadly conceived?

 The field of theatre and performance studies is marked with borders that must be crossed, from graduate school, to faculty appointments, to professional paths outside of the academy, to academic and arts administration. Yet the paths that artists and scholars tread are often overlooked, or forgotten. What are the road signs we miss? How can we ensure that professional paths are illuminated for others?

While ATDS encourages the submission of papers and panels addressing these questions, colleagues are invited to submit proposals that deal with other engaging topics in American theatre and drama, though preference will be given to proposals that explore the ATHE 2015 themes.

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. Preference will be given to ATDS members. To learn more about membership benefits, please visit the ATDS website: www.atds.org.

Additional Proposal Submission Information

Completed proposals (with all panel members assembled) must be submitted directly to ATHE (www.athe.org) by NOVEMBER 1, 2014. Please forward a copy of your completed proposal to Jocelyn L. Buckner (jocelynbuckner@gmail.com). Proposals should include all requests for audiovisual needs, conference grants, or guest passes. As a reminder, ATHE permits two presentations per participant at the conference.

Individual paper proposals may be submitted to ATDS Conference Planner, Jocelyn L. Buckner (jocelynbuckner@gmail.com), who will work group submissions into cohesive panels, but cannot guarantee inclusion. Individual proposals must be submitted to Jocelyn L. Buckner by OCTOBER 17, 2014. 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: www.athe.org/group/ATDS to circulate questions or possible panel topics.

Multi-focus session proposals must be sponsored by a minimum 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. Contact information can be found on ATHE’s website: www.athe.org.

For additional information on proposal submissions visit www.athe.org and click on the "Conference" tab.

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