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CFP: Performance Studies Focus Group ATHE, August 8-11, 2009
Emerging Scholars' Panel: Risking Innovation
The Performance Studies Focus Group at the Association of Theatre in Higher
Education (ATHE) conference invites submissions of papers for its Emerging
Scholars' Panel. The theme of the conference is Risking Innovation, and it
takes place at the Marriott Marquis, New York, NY, August 8-11, 2009. The
ATHE conference this year is held jointly with AATE (American Alliance of
The PSFG Emerging Scholars' Panel represents an opportunity for researchers
to present their work at a major international conference for the first
time. Selected Emerging Scholars will be paired with a mentor from the
field of Performance Studies who will offer critical feedback on submitted
papers in order to help prepare them for presentation at the conference.
ATHE PSFG will also provide successful applicants with complimentary
registration to the ATHE PSFG Pre-Conference.
Performance Studies locates itself at the boundaries and intersections of
scholarly and artistic practice. It embraces aesthetic and academic
interdisciplinarity, as well as the challenges, risks, and innovations that
are part of such inclusionary practices. Performance also acts as a
critical model for theorizing cultural and social action, providing a lens
and practice through which technological and cultural innovations can be
processed. Having declared itself as variously inter-disciplinary,
anti-disciplinary, and post-disciplinary in its earlier years, how do
scholars and practitioners within the now more established field of
Performance Studies continue to risk innovation? How do performance-based
innovations provoke new methods in scholarship? How do new theories give
rise to innovation in analyzing and building performance? What can a focus
on innovation and risk reveal about disciplinary and aesthetic habits?
What does such a focus risk obscuring or leaving out?
Submissions to the PSFG Emerging Scholars' panel might engage these
disciplinary questions, or a range of others around the conference theme.
Papers across performance modes and historical periods are welcomed.
Topics might include:
- contested boundaries between performance, theatre and other artforms
- emergent technologies in performance
- the performance of 'risky history'
- historiographical approaches to performance
- negotiating/ building identity in performance
- risk and innovation in the avant-garde (and in its supposed death)
- performances that put the physical body at risk
- conflict and confrontation in the performance encounter
- performativity and theatricality
- performance, emotion and affect
- complexity, ambiguity and paradox in performance
- performance as debate, negotiation, breakdown
Papers for the PSFG Emerging Scholars' panel should be 8-10 pages in length
(double-spaced). The deadline for submission is Friday 13 February 2009.
Please send completed papers (as attachments in Microsoft Word), with
institutional affiliation and contact information, to Elise Morrison at
Elise_Morrison_at_brown.edu. Successful applicants will be notified by the
end of March 2009.
Please contact Elise Morrison with any other questions regarding the PSFG
Emerging Scholars' panel at the email address above.
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