CFP: [General] Performance Studies Focus Group CFP - ATHE 08

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Peter Civetta
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Below please find the Performance Studies Focus Group's Call for
Papers/Proposals for ATHE 2008 in Denver. Please feel free to circulate.
Sincerely yours,
Peter Civetta
Conference Planner - PSFG
Call for Proposals: PSFG/ATHE 2008
The Performance Studies Focus Group (PSFG) of the Association for Theatre
in Higher
Education (ATHE) invites proposals for panels, seminars, roundtable
performances, workshops, and other innovative sessions for the annual
Conference, which will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Denver,
Colorado, 31 July –3
August 2008.
ATHE 2008's conference theme "Difficult Dialogues: Theatre and the Art of
speaks to the heart of the Performance Studies community. Performance
Studies has
traditionally pushed the boundaries of discourse, often enflaming or
igniting difficult
dialogues within the field. However, what are the difficult dialogues
that Performance
Studies is currently avoiding? For this conference, we welcome panel and
submissions that seek to explore and expand the range and scope of the
field. Where is
the present and future of Performance Studies, and what issues must it
confront? We also
welcome papers and panels that explore what engagement means and how it
manifests in
our performance-saturated world. With the Democratic National Convention
place in Denver two weeks after our conference, the intersections between
politics, and everyday life are rife for further exploration, such as how
are candidates
performing themselves in more sophisticated and problematic manners
within the
electoral process? We welcome submissions that explore the difficult
issues of our world
from religion and governmental oversight to cognitive blending and
between Theatre Studies and Performance Studies. As always, we welcome
your best
scholarship and ideas, and therefore, we view the theme as a possible
jumping off point,
but not a directive.
As always, we are particularly interested in proposals that are
performative and that
engage with an audience in an interactive manner. The Performance Studies
Focus Group
welcomes diverse presenters, and we hope to build bridges between theatre
and ritual
practitioners, performance artists, junior and senior scholars, and
graduate students.
ATHE currently uses an electronic submission format. The information and
the form are
located on the ATHE website, at To submit a panel
proposal, click
on the link titled, "Session Proposal Forms are available online." The
deadline for all
submissions is November 1, 2007. Please also request AV materials and
guest passes by
the November 1 deadline. This year, ATHE is sponsoring a new series of
panels, called
Links Panels, connected by a common theme of improvisation. If you are
interested in
submitting a panel as part of this project, please make sure you specify
your panel as a
Links proposal on your submission. If you have further questions on the
Links idea,
please go to or contact PSFG Conference Planner Peter
Civetta at
While individual papers will receive consideration, submissions that pull
together a
strong panel of participants are preferred. With individual papers, the
Focus Group
Conference Planner will curate panels, attempting to match up related
papers. In order to
facilitate this process, these must be received directly by the Focus
Group Conference
Planner Peter Civetta, at, by October 15. Individual
paper proposals
should include title, contact information, and an abstract of 250 words.
Please note that ATHE also accepts proposals for Multidisciplinary
sessions. All session
coordinators who are organizing Multidisciplinary panels must contact the
Planners for all three sponsoring Focus Groups before submitting their
session directly to
With any questions or concerns, please contact:
Peter Civetta, Ph.D.
PSFG Conference Planner
Kaplan Institute for the Humanities
Northwestern University
1313 Oak Avenue #1L
Evanston, IL 60201
p. (603) 491-2144
f. (847) 467-3978

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