CFP: [American] American Theatre & Drama Society at Association for Theatre in Higher Education

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Beth Osborne
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American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS)

Association for Theatre in Higher Education/American Alliance for Theatre &
Education (ATHE/AATE) Conference

August 8 â€" 11, 2009, New York Marriott Marquis, New York City

“Risking Innovation: New Questions”
The ATHE/AATE 2009 conference is dedicated to charting new paths,
challenging assumptions, and developing new approaches â€" risking innovation
in teaching, production and scholarship. The American Theatre and Drama
Society (ATDS) invites papers/panels that outline “new questions” theatre
scholars and artists should be asking in American theatre â€" either about
“familiar” topics or those yet to be discovered.

1) How has American theatre â€" both historically and on the contemporary
stage â€" provoked new questions or compelled us to reconsider the place of
theatre in society?

2) What new questions in the field demand attention? How might scholars
pose, define, or respond to new questions, materials, or challenges?

3) How might fresh approaches lead to reinterpretations of familiar
documents, plays or events?

4) In what ways has “American” theatre crossed global or disciplinary
borders, both historically and in contemporary theatre? How has American
theatre been adapted, reinterpreted or reimagined in the exchange? How
have these border crossings reached back to and influenced theatre in America?

5) What cultural, social, or economic conditions have induced revolution,
challenged convention, or invoked new questions, forms, or approaches in
American theatre and aesthetics?
The American Theatre and Drama Society encourages the submission of papers
and panels addressing any of these themes, or â€" in the spirit of risking
innovation â€" those that deal with other engaging topics in American
Theatre. In addition to the “usual” papers and panels addressing these
topics, ATDS also welcomes proposals that pose new questions in the form of
roundtables, talkbacks, etc.
ABOUT the American Theatre and Drama Society: The American Theatre and
Drama Society (ATDS) is an incorporated organization dedicated to the study
of United States theatre and drama, its varied histories, traditions,
literatures, and performances within its cultural contexts. ATDS also
encourages the evolving debate exploring national identities and
experiences through research, pedagogy, and practice. ATDS recognizes that
notions of America and the US encompass migrations of peoples and cultures
that overlap and influence one another. To this end, ATDS welcomes
scholars, teachers, and practitioners world-wide.

 ~ Completed proposals (with all panel members assembled) may be submitted
directly to ATHE at by November 1, 2008. Please forward a copy
of your completed proposal to Beth Osborne ( PLEASE NOTE
Simply check the relevant box on the proposal form for your AV needs.
(ATHE cannot accommodate AV needs submitted after November 1 without
substantial cost to the individual presenter.) You will receive a
confirmation when your proposal has successfully made it through the process.

 ~ Individual paper proposals may be submitted to ATDS Conference Planner,
Dr. Beth Osborne, at Please note that individual
proposals must be submitted by OCTOBER 15, 2008. Abstracts (250 words) must
include paper title and contact information, and must specify any AV needs.
ATHE does not accept individual paper submissions -- DO NOT submit your
individual proposal on the ATHE website. Full panel proposals are strongly

 ~ Members of ATDS wishing to identify colleagues to create panels prior to
the November 1st deadline are encouraged to use the ATDS listserv:
ATDS_at_LISTSERV.COFC.EDU to circulate questions or possible panel topics.

 ~ Please note that ATHE runs from Saturday-Tuesday in 2009. The majority
of the panels will be scheduled on Monday and Tuesday. The application
form will not accept scheduling preferences this year.

 ~ Presenters wishing to create multidisciplinary panels must contact the
Focus Group Conference Planners for each of the THREE groups they propose
as. Multidisciplinary panels MUST include at least one ATHE Focus Group
sponsor AND at least one AATE Network sponsor.

 ~ Presenters proposing programs outside of the traditional panel format
are asked to be specific in their proposals concerning the structure and
number of participants so that ATHE can be notified about space/time needs.
Grants for AV support are not necessary this year. If you would like to use
AV, simply specify it in your online proposal.

 ~ ATHE will notify ATDS concerning accepted or rejected panels by March
1st. Panelists should expect to hear from the Conference Planner or their
Panel Chair by mid-March.
Preference will be given to ATDS members. If you are interested in enjoying
all of the membership benefits of ATDS, please visit the website
( for an application or contact ATDS Membership Secretary
Stuart Hecht (
Questions? Please contact Dr. Beth Osborne at or review
the information on the ATHE website at for additional
conference information and for submission forms.

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