CFP: [Theatre] Theatre History Symposium, Mid-America Theatre Conference 2009

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Call For Papers: 2009 Theatre History Symposium of the Mid-America Theatre

Class Acts: Academia, Economics, and Theatre

March 5-8, 2009; Hyatt Regency, Chicago Conference web-page:

Responding to MATC’s focus on “Poor Theatre” for the 2009 meeting in
Chicago, the Theatre History Symposium invites proposals for papers on or
around the theme of “Class Acts”â€"how economics, academia, and theatre
production/scholarship interact. Possible topics might include one or
more of the following:
 What (or who) defines a “class act”?
 Histories or studies of “university theatre” as a form
 Representations of socioeconomic class on the stage
 Market influences on theatre production and/or scholarship
 “Town and gown” relationships vis-à-vis college and university
theatre departments
 Historicizing allegations of elitism or philistinism in theatre
 The role of class in community-based or social change performance
 Current or historical tensions between “high art” and lowbrow or
popular performance
 The relationship of class to other identity factors like race,
gender, sexuality, and disability
 How socio-economic standing shapes aesthetic taste

Please direct proposals and queries to the Theatre History Symposium co-

John Fletcher Robert B. Shimko
Louisiana State University University of Houston

You may submit proposals by email in Word format to both co-chairs.
Proposals should include the following items:
• Your name, title (student, faculty, independent scholar), and
academic affiliation
• Contact information (particularly email)
• The title and abstract for your paper. Please limit abstracts to
250 words.
• Any audiovisual elements your presentation will need.
We also welcome proposals for full panels. Contact the co-chairs for
information about proposing panels. All proposals must be received by
October 15, 2008

We are pleased to have Jean Graham-Jones as this year’s respondent for the
Theatre History Symposium. Jean Graham-Jones is Professor of Theatre at
the City University of New York's Graduate Center. An expert in
contemporary Latin American theatre and performance, she is the author of
Exorcising History: Argentine Theater under Dictatorship and the editor /
translator of two Argentine play collections: Reason Obscured: Nine Plays
by Ricardo Monti and BAiT: Buenos Aires in Translation. Graham-Jones is
also a former editor of Theatre Journal and currently serves on the
editorial boards of Latin American Theatre Review, Theatre Journal, and
Contemporary Theatre Review.

We also invite junior scholars to consider applying for the Robert A.
Schanke Research Award: The Schanke Award is given annually to an
untenured faculty presenter of the Theatre History Symposium and carries a
cash award of $500 as well as subsequent publication of the paper in
Theatre History Studies, the journal of the Mid-America Theatre
Conference. To be eligible for the Schanke Award, candidates must submit
full, conference-length versions of their paper to the co-chairs at the
addresses above by February 15.

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