Religion and Theatre Emerging Scholars Panel 2012

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Association of Theatre in Higher Education - Religion and Theatre Focus Group
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Emerging Scholars Panel 2012 - Religion and Theatre Focus Group
The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2012 Conference
Washington, DC, August 2-5, 2012
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
"Performance as/is Civic Engagement: Advocate, Collaborate, Educate"

The Religion and Theatre Focus Group is invested in assisting scholars who work with the intersection of theatre/performance practice with religion/spirituality. How have theatre and performance coincided with religiously motivated innovation? What are the religious or spiritual components of theatrical, artistic, cultural, political, linguistic, or economical innovation, and what are their performative counterparts?

We invite scholars who have not presented at a major national conference to submit papers in line with the 2012 ATHE conference theme, "Performance as/is Civic Engagement: Advocate, Collaborate, Educate." We seek papers investigating the intersection of religion and issues of political and civic engagement.Historically, religion has been at the forefront of political revolution, not to mention cultural change. Possible questions to consider include: how do religious issues inform performances within the political realm? Can religious performance in the political arena reconcile transnational forces at play in the public sphere? What impact has religious performance had on the understanding of advocacy and collaboration in the civic realm?What collaborations have religion/spirituality developed with civic organizations, and what issues have those performances brought to the public attention?

To be considered for the Emerging Scholars Panel, submit a full length, 10-page paper. Papers will go through a double-blind review process, so please do not include your name or affiliation in the paper itself. As well, please submit a 200-page abstract along with the paper.
Please send your paper and abstract as a Word document (with the abstract on the first page by itself) by JANUARY 16, 2012 to:

Alicia Corts
University of Georgia

Save the document file name in the following format: R&T ES [Title of your paper]. In the body of your email, include your name, affiliation, paper title, mailing address, phone number, email address, and short bio. You can find out more about ATHE at We look forward to your submission!

Alicia Corts
Graduate Student Representative
Religion and Theatre Focus Group, ATHE