ATHE Emerging Scholars Debut Panel (Religion and Theatre)

deadline for submissions: 
March 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Evangeline Jimenez / Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)


Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2021 Conference

Austin, TX (Hybrid and/or Virtual Conference TBD)

August 5-8, 2021

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 2021 Emerging Scholars Panel.

The 2021 ATHE Conference theme:

RE: ATHE (Reclaim. Redesign. Revolt. Recover.)

This moment finds us amid a global pandemic, growing climate concerns, fascist political actions in the U.S., immigrant holding camps at its border, and theatre closures around the world. As the Black Lives Matter movement challenges not just police brutality but systemic racism more broadly, this moment demands us to reconsider theatre and ATHE, to disrupt our previous practices, and reassemble new futures. Our conference theme invites all participants to ask: how might ATHE be at the vanguard of what this moment requires? In confronting white supremacy and settler colonial privilege in our classrooms, discipline, and institutions, how do we resist a simple return to the nostalgic “normal” without reinscribing losses of histories, languages, cultures, and lives? What can we remember, revive, reinterpret from theatre and performance history to re-vision a more equitable, just, safe, and sustainable world? What reparations must our disciplines and institutions enact? In what ways has theatre and performance been rewritten? How has the chaos, fear, and hope of this moment offered time to reflect on racist, sexist, classist or homophobic practices in theatre making and the academy? How might this moment and its reverberations inform historiography? How will performance assist communities to recover from this double pandemic?

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


  • Religious/spiritual performances and/or practices which have been utilized to reclaim/restore morality or spiritual well-being
  • Performances of remembrance as acts of reclamation and/or reparation


  • The capacity for theatre, performance, religion, and/or spirituality to drive social change and reformation, such as reforms in racial relations  


  • Practices in theatre, performance, spirituality, and/or religion that have or can be revolutionary


  • The synergistic relationship between theatre/performance and religion/spirituality to heal, transform, or renew

Submission Guidelines (Please note that ATHE will be hosting a hybrid (In-Person/Virtual) and/or completely VIRTUAL conference. This panel will remain flexible to accommodate the selected, final panelists):

  • 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 MARCH 1, 2021 to Evangeline Jimenez at  (PLEASE NOTE: While completed papers are preferred, in the case of extenuating circumstances abstracts only may also be accepted.)
  • For more information about the 2021 conference, please visit, or contact the Religion and Theatre Graduate Representative, Evangeline Jimenez, with any questions or concerns at the email address above.