Canadian Association of Theatre Research (CATR) Conference, May 28-31, 2011: Call for Session Organizers

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CATR Conference 2011, University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Call for Session Organizers

The 2011 conference of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR) will take place at the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University in Fredericton, May 28 to 31, as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The theme of the 2011 Congress is Coasts and Continents: Exploring Peoples and Places / Rivages et Continents: Exploration des Peuples et des Lieux.

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 session organizers and presenters are invited to address the Congress theme; however, proposals that depart from the official Congress theme will also be accepted.

The 2011 CATR conference will offer a similar variety of participation modes as the 2010 conference in Montreal. These include praxis workshops, open paper panels, curated paper panels, seminars, and roundtables. Those who wish to submit proposals for more than one format may do so, though preferred mode(s) of participation should be identified.

The timeline for submission deadlines and acceptances is as follows:

  • 17 Sept 2010: Proposals from organizers for curated panels, seminars, and roundtables due
  • 4 October 2010: Seminar and curated panel topics announced
  • 1 December 2010: Proposals for praxis workshops due (workshops are distinguished by some form of audience participation)
    Application for participation in open and curated paper panels due
  • 15 January 2011: Application for participation in seminars and roundtables due

Call for curated paper panels: due 17 Sept 2010
Proposals are invited from prospective organizers for curated paper panels on any topic related to theatre and performance, including praxis, with subjects associated with Canadian theatre and research being especially welcome. Prospective organizers are asked to submit a 300-word proposal along with a 300-word call for participants. Proposals should include the title and focus of the panel, the scholarly rationale, and a brief description of how the panel will be structured. The call for participants should specify the title and focus of the panel along with a short list of potential topics or perspectives, a brief description of what will be required of panelists, and contact information.

Call for seminars and roundtables: due 17 Sept 2010
Proposals are invited from prospective organizers for seminars and roundtables on any topic, including praxis, related to the mandate of CATR. Prospective organizers are asked to submit a 500-word proposal along with a 300-word call for participants. Proposals should include a scholarly rationale (approx. 300 words) along with a description and rationale for the structure and length of the session (approx 200 words). (At last year's conference, seminars were 3 hours and roundtables were 90 minutes.) The call for participants should include the title and focus of the session, a list of issues and goals, a description of work required of participants, due dates, and contact information.

See below for detailed guidelines on seminars and roundtables.

Send proposals to Reina Green (Programming Committee Chair)

NB: All accepted presenters are required to join CATR-ACRT. For more information on CATR and to join or renew your membership please visit

Calls for proposals for praxis workshops, and submissions to open and curated panels, seminars, and roundtables will follow in early October.

CATR Seminar and Roundtable Guidelines:

Ways of engaging participants might include

  • Exchange of papers prior to the session.
  • Respondents to papers in preparation for online discussion or conference session.
  • Editing of pre- or post-conference papers among session participants.
  • A reading list related to the topic and participants' work in preparation for discussion at the conference.
  • Email discussion of the general issues related to the topic and an arrangement of procedures for the session.
  • Grouping of participants and designation of discussion topics for break-out groups during the session.

Participants are not to read aloud or provide lengthy oral summaries of their papers during the session.

All seminars and roundtables are open to auditors.
Organizers are responsible for informing participants of the conditions of their participation and for arranging communication between them prior to the conference. Strong leadership, timely guidelines, and prompt feedback encourage greater participant engagement. Organizers should also provide participants with a clear agenda for the conference session and explain this to participants and auditors at the beginning of the session. During the session, organizers should keep discussion on topic and focused. They should also be prepared to step in to ensure equitable group dynamics. Organizers may wish to prepare handouts for auditors and should include 15-20 minutes at the end of the session for auditors' questions and comments. After the conference, organizers are asked to provide the conference planning committee with a report on the session and to indicate what worked particularly well.

Guidelines for Participants in seminars, discussion groups, and roundtables:

  • Participants must be members of CATR and register for the conference.
  • Participants are required to meet the requirements and deadlines of the session for which they are applying, and may be asked to withdraw if they do not do so.
  • Participants are expected to attend and participate in the conference session.