CFP: [Theatre] Catholic Theatre Conference

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Kevin Wetmore
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2008 Catholic Theatre Conference

Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA

Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 April 2008

Since the re-emergence of theatre in the west out of the Roman Catholic
Church in the medieval period, a millennia has passed. The Church has,
upon occasion, served as both home to and adversary of the theatre.
Likewise, the theatre has served to further the Church’s mission in the
world and also been a source of criticism toward the Church. As both
source of celebration and criticism, we believe there is something in the
sometimes troubling relationship between theatre, theatricality and
Catholicism (as an institution, as a faith, as a way of seeing/being in
the world, etc.) that merits further sustained exploration.

As such, Loyola Marymount University invites papers, presentations, and
proposals for a Catholic Theatre Conference that will take place at LMU
13-16 November 2008. Papers may engage any issue related to theatre and
Catholicism, including, but not limited to the history of theatre and the
Catholic Church, theatre and mission, clergy as artist, representations
of the Church on stage, performing Catholicism, the Catholic as theatre
artist, theatre as pedagogical/theological tool, theatre at the Catholic
School/University, drama as theology/theogony, theatre and social
justice, ritual/performance, theatre, mission, and evangelization,
theatre and Catholic inculturation, theatre's role in 'forming' Catholic
imagination in various historical periods and cultural contexts,
theatre/Liturgy and issues confronting the Catholic theatre company.
Papers should be twenty minutes in length. Co-presentations are welcome,
as are pre-organized panels. The conference is open to any and all, of
any religious background, academic background or nationality. We aim to
encourage international, interdisciplinary, and interfaith exploration of
this topic.

Scholars and artists are invited to email a 400 word abstract (with paper
title, author’s name, institutional affiliation, and postal address at
top left â€" please also include any technical requirements for your
presentation such as powerpoint or slide projectors, VCR, etc.) to Dr.
Kevin Wetmore at by 15 April 2008. Those whose
abstracts are accepted for presentation are expected to attend the
conference. Abstracts will be printed in the conference program.

Submitters and non-submitters of abstracts who are interested in chairing
a session at the conference are invited to send a two-paragraph resume
highlighting their areas of expertise to by 15 April

The Conference
The Catholic Theatre Conference will be held 13-16 November 2008 at
Loyola Marymount University. The four-day conference will feature paper
panels, workshops, roundtable discussions, a keynote speaker, staged
readings and performances. The conference will close with a celebratory
mass on Sunday. The conference is open to the public â€" anyone is free to
attend. More information about the conference will be forthcoming when
the schedule is set.

For more information please contact Kevin Wetmore at or

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