[UPDATE] DEADLINE MARCH 14th ATHE Religion and Theatre Emerging Scholars Panel

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ATHE Religion and Theatre Focus Group
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The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2016 Conference
Chicago, Illinois
Palmer House Hilton
August 11-14, 2016

The Religion and Theatre Focus Group invites new scholars who have not yet presented at a major national conference to submit papers to its 2016 Emerging Scholars Panel. Papers should address how religion and theatre correspond and interact, but "religion" and "theatre" can both be conceived broadly; essays may consider all aspects of spirituality, spiritual practice, religion as institution, and theology, as well as drama, performance, and performativity. We particularly encourage submissions that engage with notions of religion and theatre/performance as they relate to this year's conference theme, "Bodies at Work: Performance, Labor, and ATHE@30."

Possible topics may include:
•How does religion "work" in the context of performance?
•How are religious bodies at work represented on stage, and for what purpose?
•In what ways do examples of religious labor or work— either established rituals or more secularized religious practices— figure into theatrical performance?
•How does religious performance destabilize or redefine traditional definitions of work?

Taking a cue from our host city of Chicago and its history as a center of industrialization and labor struggles, papers might also address the connections between religious performance and the workforce in general:
•What effect has religious performance had on the understanding of labor within the socioeconomic sphere?
•In what ways has religion become a "performative" element of labor disputes?
•What role has religion played in shaping the theatrical industry, and what impact has it had on business practices in the theatre?

Submission Guidelines:
•For this conference, the Religion and Theatre Focus Group will only be accepting completed conference papers for consideration. Papers should be approximately 10 pages in length.
•Please include a cover page with your name, paper title, institutional affiliation, contact information, and a 200-word abstract, but remove your name from any other page of the essay, as submissions will go through a blind vetting process.
•In the body of your submission email, please include a brief bio and any requests for AV equipment, if applicable.

Please send your paper and cover page as a single Word document by MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016 to Megan Stahl at megan.stahl@tufts.edu.

For more information about ATHE and the 2016 conference, visit www.athe.org. Please direct any and all questions to Megan Stahl at the email address above. We look forward to your submission!