Thursday, October 7, 2010

Performance Studies Focus Group Call for Proposals-ATHE 2011 Chicago

Call for Proposals: PSFG/ATHE 2011
The Performance Studies Focus Group (PSFG) of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) invites session proposals for the 2011 25th Anniversary Conference at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago, 11-14 August on the conference theme of "Performance Remains, Global Presence: Memory, Legacy, and Imagined Futures."
Beyond the discipline of Performance Studies, what lies ahead? Where might the academy's move toward interdisciplinarity take Performance Studies and/or what influence might Performance Studies have had on the academy's changing view of the discipline? Because Performance Studies is predicated upon being wide-ranging, can it approach legacy? How might we explore the tensions within our own imagined community by thinking about the temporal confines of our field? Additionally, where might our individual research break new ground? How indeed do we incorporate past methodologies into our present work? PSFG invites submissions that embrace the discipline's past as well as envision its future. Taking Performance Studies in the larger scope of an institutional move toward hybridity, what remains?
All session proposals are filed electronically directly to ATHE. A link to the session proposal form, along with full explanations, can be found at All session proposals have a deadline of 1 November.
ATHE also accepts proposals for Multidisciplinary (MD) sessions. Multidisciplinary panels must be sponsored by three different focus groups. All MD session organizers must contact the Conference Planners of all three sponsoring groups before submitting their session directly to ATHE. If you would like to learn more about ATHE Focus Groups, go to: All session proposals are due by 1 November.
While individual papers will receive consideration, submissions that pull together a strong panel of participants are preferred. With individual papers, the Focus Group Conference Planner will curate panels, attempting to match up related papers. In order to facilitate this process, these papers must be received directly by the Conference Planner Megan Shea at, by October 10th. Individual paper proposals should include title, contact information, and an abstract of 250 words.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact:
Megan Shea
PSFG Conference Planner
Expository Writing Program
New York University
411 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003