ATHE Emerging Scholars Panel (Religion and Theatre Focus Group)

deadline for submissions: 
February 23, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Association of Theatre in Higher Education

Call for Papers

Religion & Theatre Focus Group – Emerging Scholars Panel

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2020 Conference

Detroit, NY

July 29 – August 2, 2020

The ATHE Religion and Theatre Focus group invites current graduate students and/or independent scholars who have not presented at a major national conference to submit papers for the 2020 Emerging Scholars Panel.

The 2020 ATHE Conference theme:


Combustion Energy Resilience Drive
Energy Combustion

Our conference theme invites participants to explore and interrogate the cycles of reciprocity that take place in scholarship, teaching, and creative work. This year’s conference theme also invites participants to consider how various technologies—theatrical, automotive, political— work to sustain and drive our field. We encourage paper submissions creatively engaging with the notions of religion, spirituality, theatre, and/or performance as relating to the conference’s overall theme. Papers may examine the thematic nature of drive, combustion, energy, and resilience as cornerstones to demonstrate or problematize how religion, spirituality, theatre, and/or performance intersect and interact.

Possible topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Combustion: Explode
    • The inflammatory nature of religious/spiritual/liturgical practice as performance
    • Performative tools, technologies, and/or practices historically utilized to create religious/spiritual/liturgical awakening
  • Energy: Excavate
    • The synergistic relationship between theatre/performance and religion/spirituality to heal, transform, or champion issues in social justice
    • The transference of religious/spiritual energy to theatre/performance (or vice versa)
  • Resilience: Gather/Sustain
    • The benefits and/or consequences of resilient practices in theatre, performance, and/or religion to include/exclude diverse communities
  • Drive: Direction/Purpose
    • The capacity for theatre, performance, religion, and/or spirituality to drive social change

Submission Guidelines:

  • Papers should be approximately 8 to 10 pages in length
  • Please include a cover page with your name, paper title, institutional affiliation, contact information, and a brief abstract (250 words). Please remove your name from the body of the submission, as it will go through a blind vetting process.
  • Please send your paper, bio, and cover page in one word document by 23 February 2020 to Evangeline Jimenez at  (PLEASE NOTE: While completed papers are preferred, in the case of extenuating circumstances abstracts may also be accepted.)
  • For more information about the 2020 conference, please visit

Contact the Religion and Theatre Graduate Representative, Evangeline Jimenez, with any questions or concerns at the email address above. We look forward to reading your submissions!