Debut Panel-Gender and/or Sexuality, Theatre and/or Performance - April 1, 2014

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ATHE 2014: Women and Theatre Program (WTP) and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Focus Group
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CFP: Women & Theater Program and LGBTQ Focus Group Joint Debut Panel

We invite submissions to a competitive debut panel jointly presented by the Women and Theatre Program (WTP) and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Focus Group at the 2014 Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference. Any graduate student who has not presented academic work at ATHE, or any faculty member or independent scholar who has not yet presented at a national conference, is invited to submit presentations for consideration. Papers must engage women's and/or LGBTQ issues in relation to any aspect of theatre and performance. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2014.

Jennifer DeVere Brody will serve as the respondent for the conference presentation. Professor Brody is Chair of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Stanford University and Affiliate in the CCSRE. Her two books, Impossible Purities (1998) and Punctuation: Art, Politics, and Play (2008), bave been published by Duke University Press. Her scholarship has also appeared in Theatre Journal, Signs, Genders, Callaloo, Text and Performance Quarterly and in several edited volumes.

A committee composed of select WTP and LGBTQ Focus Group board members will vet submissions. Depending on the variety and quality of submissions, three or four essays will be chosen for inclusion on the debut panel. Those selected may also receive a small cash award, which may be used to offset costs associated with conference attendance.

The 2014 ATHE conference will be held July 24-27, 2014 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ. All presenters must register and pay the appropriate fees for the conference. For information on the conference (including applicable costs), please visit

Papers should be an appropriate length for a fifteen-minute presentation (approximately eight pages). Submit your paper as an MS Word attachment to Jason Fitzgerald ( To maintain anonymity, please do not put your name in the body of the paper. Instead, use the first page of the document as a cover sheet, and include the title of your paper, your name, address, telephone number, and email address. Applicants will be informed of the committee's decisions in May 2014. Questions or concerns may be directed to Jason Fitzgerald or Rose Malague (, conference planners for LGBTQ and WTP respectively.