[UPDATE] CFP | Emerging Scholars in Performance Studies

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ATHE Performance Studies Focus Group
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Call for Papers: PSFG/ATHE 2012 Emerging Scholars Panel

The Performance Studies Focus Group (PSFG) at the Association of Theater in Higher Education (ATHE) conference invites submissions of papers for its Emerging Scholars' Panel. The theme of the conference is Performance as/is Civic Engagement: Advocate, Collaborate, Educate, and it will take place at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., August 2-5, 2012.

The PSFG Emerging Scholars' Panel is an opportunity for researchers to present their work at a major international conference at the outset of their career. Selected Emerging Scholars will be paired with a mentor from the field of Performance Studies who will offer critical feedback on submitted papers in preparation for the conference. Successful applicants will receive a $100 stipend to offset the cost of attending the conference, as well as complimentary registration to the ATHE PSFG pre-conference.

Located at the boundaries and intersections of scholarly and artistic practice, Performance Studies theorizes and analyzes embodied practices and events, and explores the ways in which performance creates meaning and shapes social life. In anticipation of the approaching presidential election and the uncertain future of the occupy movement, this year's conference focuses on the political implications of performance. We invite submissions that consider the possibility of advocacy and civic engagement through the study and practice of performance. Might performance disrupt/reinforce hegemonic structures? Does performance as civic engagement necessarily have to participate in the process of nation building? What opportunities exist for transnational civic engagement and collectivity? How might we trace the genealogy of performative politics in the United States and beyond?

Submissions to the PSFG Emerging Scholars Panel may engage these questions generated by the conference theme, or may relate issues raised by Performance Studies more broadly. Papers across performance modes and historical periods are welcome. Topics may include:

- contested boundaries between performance, theater, and other art forms
- performance as a modality of (historical) knowledge and memory
- mediatization and performance
- historiographical approaches to performance
- performance, institutions, and modern forms of power
- performance as an insurgent practice/discipline
- negotiating and building identity through performance
- performance as a mode of subjection and/or resistance
- performative strategies of the avant-garde
- conflict, confrontation, and dissensus in the performance encounter
- performativity and theatricality
- efficacy and affect in performance
- embodiment and technological culture
- complexity, ambiguity, and paradox in performance

Papers for the PSFG Emerging Scholars' panel should be 8-10 double-spaced pages in length. The deadline for submission is Monday, February 13, 2012. Please send completed papers (as attachments in Microsoft Word), with institutional affiliation and contact information, to Gillian Young at gty2104@columbia.edu. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of March 2012.

Please contact Gillian with any other questions regarding the PSFG Emerging Scholars' panel at the email address above.