CFP: Performance, Documentation, and Disaster (11/20/06; ATHE, 7/25/07-7/26/07)

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Jason Farman
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The Performance Studies Focus Group (PSFG) of the
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
invites paper submissions for its 5th annual
preconference, entitled "Regeneration and Return:
Performance Studies in New Orleans," to take place
July 25-26. As generations of performance studies
scholars turn – and return – to New Orleans, we seek a
variety of proposals that address the panel topic
described below. While the city of New Orleans is
central to many of the questions presented here, we
welcome scholarship that employs various methodologies
and geographic points of entry.

Panel #1: Performance, Documentation, and Disaster

As we plan our visits to New Orleans, it is hard not
to think about the disaster: natural disasters of wind
and rain, social and political disasters of the racial
inequalities of poverty, disastrous failures of
government agencies, the disastrous legacies of
slavery. And, too, it is hard not to think about
performance – the Mardi Gras Indians, Tennessee
Williams, and performing academics, plying their
trade. This panel aims to think performance and the
disaster together, triangulated with a third term:
documentation. If performance studies allows us to
rethink what "counts" as a document, how does the
documentary perform disaster? Or, what is disastrous
about documentary? What are the consequences of
employing different documentary and representational
strategies vis-à-vis disaster? If, at its core,
performance bears a relation to repetition, how does
performance encounter the seemingly "unique" event of
the disaster? We welcome papers on documentary
theatre, performances of trauma/traumatic
performances, performances that prepare for
disasters-yet-to-be (performance as research), as well
as performances that document disasters past.

Those wishing to present on this panel should submit
an abstract of 250 words to the conveners via e-mail
by November 20. All abstracts should be in Word
Document or PDF format. The preconference will begin
on morning of July 25, so presenters should plan
accordingly. For more information on the Performance
Studies Focus Group, including an archive of past
preconferences, please visit our website at:

Please submit your abstract with a brief biography to
both conveners at the following e-mail addresses:

Jason Farman:
Paige McGinley:

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Received on Mon Nov 13 2006 - 00:59:32 EST