CFP: Men of the Empire: Performing Masculinity in Nineteenth-Century Canada. CATR Conference, Fredericton, NB, May 28-31,

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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:

--military spectacle
--performances of/by Canadian political and/or military leaders
--plays that explore colonial relations (public and private)
--the incorporation of European acting methods by colonial performers
--actors and playwrights who held colonial offices
--protests and uprisings against colonial powers
--explorations of the relationship between theatrical and political/social performances of masculinity (e.g, how the stage affected the public arena and vice versa)

Those interested in presenting on the panel should submit a 300-­‐word abstract. Papers, if accepted, should conform to CATR guidelines for length.
Abstracts, along with a short bio, should be sent via email to Marlis Schweitzer at on or before December 1, 2010.

Guidelines for all CATR conference participants
--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.