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ATHE Theatre History Focus Group, 2011 Conference in Chicago
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ATHE Theatre History Focus Group Call for Proposals
The Theatre History Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education invites proposals for next year’s conference, to be held at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, August 11-14, 2011. The overall conference theme, “Performance Remains, Global Presence: Memory, Legacy, and Imagined Futures,” advocates interdisciplinary and transnational investigations of how theatre and performance remember the past and imagine the future. The Theatre History Focus Group invites proposals for panels and roundtables about histories of theatre and pedagogies of theatre history that might engage the concepts of Memory, Legacy, and Possibility in the following ways:
MEMORY (PAST): How do we use evidence in writing Theatre History? When we encounter evidence that relies on the memory of an individual or a group (i.e., journals, memoirs, anecdotes, correspondence, oral histories), how do we interrogate this evidence? How do we teach our students about such kinds of evidence? How does memory change in translation? What remains when theatre crosses national and cultural borders?
LEGACY (PRESENT): How do we as teachers and researchers represent the legacy of theatre history in the present? To what extent should our pedagogical and methodological choices challenge narratives of national legacies? How do theatre libraries, archives, museums, and theatre buildings bear witness to the presence of history? What strategies are being used for creating archives of contemporary theatre and performance? What effects have interdisciplinary approaches to theatre history had on our work as scholars and educators?
POSSIBILITY (FUTURE): What is the future of Theatre History? What new approaches to theatre scholarship and pedagogy will we see in the next twenty-five years? What is the role of imagination in our research and in our teaching?
Panels that explore ideas across these categories are especially welcome, as are proposals on other topics that would be of general interest to our membership. The Theatre History Focus Group also welcomes queries about co-sponsorship of Multidisciplinary proposals. Questions should be directed to Theatre History Focus Group Conference Planner Dan Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org
We encourage you to use our listserv to network proposals, paper topics, and do other brainstorming. If you are not already signed up for the THFG ATHE listserv, you can sign up at http://www.athe.org/getinvolved/focusgroups/th and following the directions found on that page. Contact everyone on the listserv by e-mailing to email@example.com. We have a facebook group called “ATHE Theatre History Focus Group,” which might also facilitate this kind of networking. While we prefer to receive full session proposals, you may request assistance from the conference planner in developing a session from your idea for an individual paper. The earlier you ask for help, the more likely you are to receive it.
Complete proposals for sessions (with all presenters assembled) should be submitted directly to ATHE through the website at www.athe.org. The deadline for all proposals is November 1, 2009. Please forward a copy of your session proposal to THFG Chair and Conference Planner, Daniel Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2. For Theatre History-Specific Proposals:
3. For Multi-Disciplinary (MD) Proposals
4. Notes for the 2011 Conference:
A. There will be a charge for AV equipment. Costs will be listed on the online session proposal form. Participants requesting AV equipment may apply for grants from ATHE to cover the charge for this equipment.
B. Participants will be limited to a maximum of two presentations. “Presentation” refers to the act of delivering a paper, serving on a roundtable, or serving in an equivalent role in a different type of session. There is no limit to the number of sessions that a person can Chair or serve as Session Organizer.
C. You should expect to hear whether or not your proposal has been accepted or rejected by mid-March, 2011.