Canadian Association for Theatre Research Conference Montreal 2010

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CATR Conference 2010, Concordia University, Montreal 

The 2010 conference of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR) will take place at Concordia University in Montreal, May 28 to 31, as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The theme of the 2010 Congress is "Le savoir branché/Interconnected Knowledge."


The mandate of the Association is to support and encourage research in theatre and performance in Canada, with a special interest in Canadian work. Therefore topics related to Canadian research are especially welcome. Graduate students are expressly invited to participate. All presenters are invited to address the Congress theme; however, proposals that depart from the official Congress theme will also be accepted. Proposals may also respond to one of the following suggested topics:

 ·         Transmissions of/through Theatre History/Historiography·         Theatre/Performance, Technology, "Techknowledgy"·         The Performance of Inter/Intraregionalisms·         Performing Publics, Critics, Media·         Theatre and Community Connections·         Online/offline Performance Environments·         Multi-Level Public Policy and the Dramatic Arts·         Collaborative Knowledge: Research, Practice, Pedagogy·         Issues of interdisciplinarity·         Theatre and the Academy: Bridging theory and practice   As a result of the conference re-visioning process undertaken in 2008-2009, the Montreal conference invites a variety of modes for conference participation.  Participants may choose to submit proposals to the following sessions: 

1)     Seminars: There are 4 seminars being offered this year. Ideally participation in each seminar group will be limited to 8-12 people. To participate in a seminar, please respond in accordance to that seminar's particular call and send abstracts directly to the seminar leaders for vetting. Space is necessarily limited and abstracts will be assessed for academic rigor and originality. To view the full details of the seminars and to apply to the seminars, visit the CATR website and follow the link to Conferences.


Seminar 1: Women and Science in Performance – Lourdes Arciniega and James Lange

Seminar 2: Magnitudes of Scenography – Natalie Rewa and Hélène Beauchamp

Seminar 3: The Playwrights of Atlantic Canada – Linda Burnett

Seminar 4: Revisiting Intersections of Performance and Ethnography – Lisa Wolford-Wylam

  2)     Open paper panels: There will be a number of sessions featuring three-20 minute papers. Each session will be assigned a respondent.  Acceptance will be based on academic rigor and originality. To be considered for a paper presentation, please submit a 250-word abstract outlining your research, its context and its significance and a short bio.   3)     Practice-based workshops, Research-creation work and Roundtables: Submissions for sessions can include practical interactive workshops, work-in-progress with vocal annotation, performance/lecture presentations. Roundtables can be organized as informal discussions of specific current topics, professional concerns, pedagogical practice, publishing, etc. Roundtable sessions will be scheduled in 90 minute slots and workshop or lecture/demonstrations can be accommodated in either 90 minute or 3 hour slots. Proposals should be in the form of a 250-word abstract describing the proposal, the significance of this work or issue and the anticipated format.  Please include the names and affiliation of the facilitators of the proposed session.

**For all proposals, participants are encouraged to blend more traditional academic modes with performance practice within panels and/or within individual presentations.   

All submissions are due 1 December 2009.  


Send submissions to Jenn Stephenson (Programming Committee Chair) at


Note that all presenters must be members of CATR and must also be registered delegates to the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.