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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 Theatre Education).
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-
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
Please contact Elise Morrison with any other questions regarding the PSFG Emerging Scholars'
panel at the email address above.
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