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CFP: Men of the Empire: Performing Masculinity in Nineteenth-Century Canada. CATR Conference, Fredericton, NB, May 28-31,
full name / name of organization:
Canadian Association for Theatre Research/ l’Association Canadienne de la Recherche Théâtrale (CATR/ACRT)
Call for Papers:
Curated Panel B: Men of the Empire: Performing Masculinity in Nineteenth-Century Canada
Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR) Conference, Fredericton, NB, May 28-31, 2011
Organizer: Marlis Schweitzer, York University
Deadline: December 1, 2010
Over the last decade, cultural historians have examined the relationship between gender and empire in productive new ways, giving rise to what some have termed “the new imperial history.” This scholarship acknowledges the role of women in the construction, administration, and celebration of empire, but is particularly concerned with exploring first, how and why men assumed such dominant positions within European imperial projects and second, the extent to which definitions of masculinity evolved in response to colonial encounters, conflicts, and responsibilities.
This panel aims to advance existing scholarship on gender and empire by examining the staging and performance of masculinity in Canada (or what would someday be Canada) in the nineteenth century, both prior to and immediately following Confederation. Drawing inspiration from the conference theme “Coasts and Continents,” the panel will pay close attention to the transmission of ideas, ideologies, bodies, plays, performers, and performance genres across land and sea to consider how Canada’s history as a settler nation, “her” relationship both with and within the British Empire, and the lives of the thousands of men who served as colonial administrators and military personnel, played out on public stages and performance spaces throughout the colonies/country.
Papers focusing on specific plays, playwrights, actors, managers, and theatrical events are welcome as are papers that look more broadly at performances occurring outside of traditional theatre spaces. Possible topics include:
Those interested in presenting on the panel should submit a 300-‐word abstract. Papers, if accepted, should conform to CATR guidelines for length.
Guidelines for all CATR conference participants