CFP: [Theatre] LGBTQ Theatre / ATHE Conference in Denver

full name / name of organization: 
Jordan Schildcrout
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CFP: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Theatre (ATHE)
(11/01/07; 7/31/08-8/3/08)

The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) will hold its annual
conference July 31 - August 3, 2008, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Denver,
Colorado. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Theatre Focus
Group invites proposals for the conference from scholars, graduate
students, artists, and practitioners.

THEME: Difficult Dialogues: Theatre and the Art of Engagement
How do LGBTQ theatre artists, scholars, and teachers engage in political,
cultural, and artistic dialogues about the issues that affect LGBTQ
communities? Who has a voice in this discussion, who are the
interlocutors, and what are the subjects addressedâ€"and unaddressed? How
successfully are we engaged in multiple and overlapping dialogues around
issues of race, class, gender, geography, religion, age, and disability?
And what role can queer scholarship and performance play in engaging our
students, our audiences, and our adversaries?

Though we will consider any proposals on LGBTQ theatre and performance, we
are particularly interested in papers relating to the conference theme.
All ATHE members may submit proposals to the LGBT Focus Group.

Proposals should offer full panels and must be submitted online. Visit for directions. The final deadline for all proposals is
November 1, 2007.

LGBT will accept proposals for panel sessions with papers, poster sessions,
performances, seminars, panel discussions, and other innovative formats.
Submissions may be either discipline specific (LGBT Focus Group only) or
multidisciplinary (LGBT and two other ATHE Focus Groups). If you intend to
list LGBT as a sponsor for a multidisciplinary panel, please notify LGBT
Conference Planner Jordan Schildcrout at

Individual Papers and Assistance in Forming Panels: ATHE does not accept
proposals for individual papers. We encourage respondents to use ATHE’s
listserv or the LGBT listserv to develop full panels before submitting
individual papers. However, to assist respondents in arranging panels,
LGBT will accept 150-word abstracts of individual papers through October
12, 2007. Send the abstract by email to the LGBT Conference Planner at If possible, the Conference Planner will group papers
with similar themes and topics and will introduce 3 or 4 respondents to
each other through email. The respondents will then be responsible for
submitting a panel proposal to ATHE by November 1, 2007.

NEW FEATURES: Members are encouraged to submit proposals for two new
programs within the ATHE conference: 1) The “Links” program is designed to
coordinate sessions from a variety of different focus groups, all
participating in a conversation on a shared topic. This year’s topic will
be “Improvisation.” 2) The MicroFringe will coordinate a series of
performance events at the 2008 conference. Please visit the ATHE website
for more information on these exciting new features.

Requests for Equipment: Visit ATHE’s website for information on the
availability of and associated costs for AV equipment. Requests for grants
to cover equipment costs MUST be submitted by November 1. It is best to
include requests for equipment and grants with your proposal.

Conference Registration/ATHE Membership: All presenters are required
register and pay the appropriate fees for the conference. Conference
presenters should be ATHE members unless they work outside the academic
study of theatre. Participants requesting and granted a Guest Pass by the
Conference Committee do not have to pay the registration fees, but must
still register, noting Guest Pass on the registration form

Requests for Grants and Passes: All requests for Grants and Guest Passes
must be submitted by November 1 and must accompany the panel proposal.
Guest Passes are not awarded to persons who are affiliated with a college
or university. Grants are often awarded to cover the costs of equipment
requested through ATHE.

Additional Information: Information on ATHE membership and on conference
costs is available at

Debut Panel: A separate CFP for the Debut Panel (with a due date of
2/15/08) will be issued by issued shortly.

LGBT Theatre Focus Group Conference Planner:
Dr. Jordan Schildcrout
012 Kantner Hall
School of Theater
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

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