CFP: "Performances of Citizenship" (Aug 2-5, 2012; SUBMISSIONS DUE Oct 29, 2011)

full name / name of organization: 
Association for Theatre in Higher Education
contact email: 
adamson.livingston@gmail.com

Call for Papers
"Performances of Citizenship"
The Association for Theatre in Higher Education's 2012 Conference
August 2-5, 2012; Washington D.C.

I am looking for panelists to fill out a session for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference in 2012. The panel, which will be sponsored by the Performance Studies Focus Group, will explore the contours of performances that engage in some way with the ideas of nationalism and citizenship. How do people enact belonging to (or separation from) a nation through performances of citizenship? Possible performances may include (but are certainly not limited to):

- protests and rallies
- inaugural parades/balls
- daily ceremonies, such as the Changing of the Guard in Arlington National Cemetery, or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance
- citizenship tests
- civic pilgrimage/tourism
- commemorative ceremonies
- historical reenactments
- "patriotic" performances

Papers from various historical, critical, theoretical, and geographical perspectives are welcome. Please send a 200-word abstract and short bio to Lindsay Adamson Livingston (adamson.livingston@gmail.com) by Oct 29, 2011. Feel free to contact Lindsay with questions.

cfp categories: 
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
interdisciplinary
theatre
travel_writing
twentieth_century_and_beyond