Dreamin': Black Churches July 24-27 2014 Scottsdale, AZ

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Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
Conference Call for Papers
July 24-27, 2014
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel, Scottsdale, AZ
DREAM ACTS: Performance as Refuge, Resistance, and Renewal

Dreamin': Black Churches

In Robert O'Hara's Booty Candy, Rev. Benson delivers a sermon in the vignette "Dreamin' in Church." Although written as a satire, O'Hara uses Benson to radically reimagine more inclusive Black churches. Dreams are often seen as a spiritual act or a manner in which God conveys messages to his/her people. In the Judaic-Christian tradition it is Joseph's dreams that lead him to save the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. This panel is interested in the role dreams play in the reversal and maintenance of the status quo in many Black Christian traditions. What are dreams in Black churches that must be resisted or renewed? How can the radical act of dreaming catalyze change in the Black Church? What is the impossible dream that must happen for Black churches to realize their full potential? How have some dreams become nightmares for queer or women in Black churches? How are Black church environments dream-like escapes from "real world" social and political issues?

We welcome papers that seek to reimagine how Black churches are perceived.

Please send your title and abstract (200-300 words) as a word document along with a brief bio and institution of affiliation by October 29, 2013 to both
Tabitha Chester tab@tabithachester.com and Anndretta Lyle anndretta@ucla.edu

Feel free to email the organizers with questions.