CFP: Performance Studies Focus Group (11/1/05; ATHE, 8/3/06-8/6/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Gwendolyn Alker
contact email: 

The Performance Studies Focus Group (PSFG) of the Association for Theatre in
Higher Education (ATHE) invites proposals for panels, seminars, roundtable
discussions, performances, workshops, and other innovative session formats
for the annual ATHE meeting, which will be held at the Palmer House Hilton
Hotel in Chicago from August 3-6, 2006.
This conference marks the twentieth anniversary of ATHE, and will be based
around the theme "Theatrical Milestones: Past Legacies, Present
Possibilities, Future Strategies." We encourage submissions that directly
relate to this particular theme, as well as submissions that engage with
this specific theme to expand and interrogate a wide range of projects. We
encourage submissions that explore performance and creativity in a variety
of contexts, including, but not limited to: political performance,
performing theatre history, cultural translation, performance ethnography,
ritual performance, popular entertainment, pedagogy, and performance theory.
Sessions that directly address the borders and relationship between
Performance Studies and other aspects of Theatre Studies are welcome.

In light of ATHE's anniversary, we encourage interdisciplinary submissions
and submissions with strong historical components. We are interested in
innovative scholarship and performances that engage the developments in the
field from the last two decades. Presenters are also encouraged to engage
with the communities and contexts of Chicago and its surrounding areas. We
are particularly interested in proposals for events that are performative
and dynamic, and that engage these issues through inventive and interactive
formats. The Performance Studies Focus Group welcomes diverse presenters,
and hopes to build bridges between theatre and ritual practitioners,
performance artists, junior and senior scholars, and graduate students.

ATHE currently uses an electronic submission format. The information and
the form are located on the ATHE website, at To submit a panel proposal, click on
the link titled, "Session Proposal Forms are available online." The main
page also has links to session format descriptions and further proposal
information. The deadline for all submissions is November 1, 2005. Please
note that you must request audiovisual equipment by May 1, 2006 to avoid
late fees.

While individual papers will receive serious consideration, submissions that
pull together a strong panel of presenters (depending on the format) are
encouraged. With individual paper proposals, the Focus Group Conference
Planner will curate panels, attempting to match up related papers. In order
to facilitate this process, these must be received directly by the focus
group conference planner, at, by October 20.
Individual paper proposals should include title, contact information, and an
abstract of no more than 500 words. With paper proposals and any other
questions, please contact:

Gwendolyn Alker, Ph.D.
PSFG Conference Planner
Associate Teacher of Theatre Studies
Department of Drama/Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway, 3rd Floor
New York University
New York, NY 10003

p. 212.992.8421
f. 212.998.1855

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