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9/15/2014 at 3:26:53 PM GMT
ATHE 2015: Religion and Theatre CFP


Religion and Theatre Focus Group

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference

30 July to 02 August 2015, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montréal, Québec, Canada


Je Me Souviens / I Remember”

The Religion and Theatre Focus Group invites panels that address any issues arising from the conference theme and location. In addition to the traditional format of paper panels, we also welcome proposals in the form of roundtables, collaborations, staged readings, talkbacks, and more.

There is much that can be said for the relationship between religion and memory: how ritual preserves/creates cultural memory, how religion as a category is treated in or has shaped theatre historiography, how the performance of spirituality impacts paradigms of temporality. In Montréal in 2015, we are excited to explore the rich connections between the conference theme and the particularities of Religion and Theatre. In addition to the issue of remembering, we invite you to consider other implications of the theme. For example, the conference title is bilingual and the English translation has a contested, politically-charge history in Canada. What is the relationship between religion and similar bilingual conflicts? How does a performance of spirituality relate to processes of translation? How do these tensions themselves relate to memory, sacred or secular?

Remember that panels are not just an opportunity to showcase the work of people already active in the field, but also to bring in fresh ideas and new faces. We encourage you to distribute your CFPs widely and to think creatively about how to engage in new conversations in your sessions.


Submission Deadlines:

Complete Sessions (recommended):

            Submit online directly to ATHE ( by 1 November

Individual paper proposals or session ideas:

Submit to Allan Davis ( by 15 October and he will work with you create a complete session.

Multidisciplinary Sessions:

Multidisciplinary (MD) panels must be sponsored by at least three different focus groups.

All MD session organizers must contact the conference planners of all three sponsoring groups before submitting their session directly to ATHE by 01 November.

Starting the conversation:

Come to the Religion and Theatre Focus Group webpage at the ATHE Website ( to find colleagues with shared interests, participate in the discussion board, coordinate efforts to propose a panel, and learn about recent publications pertaining to our field of study.


Get Started!

Now is the time to begin your own conversations, brainstorming, and calls for participants on the Religion and Theatre page at the ATHE website. If you have any questions, confusion, or just need general advice about navigating the proposal process, feel free to email conference planner Allan Davis ( We are looking forward to an exciting and thought-provoking conference in Montréal and hope to see you there.


NOTE: I am also attaching a word document version of the CFP if you care to distribute it to your colleagues. 

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