Calls for papers
  • CFP: Performance Studies Focus Group ATHE, August 8-11, 2009

Emerging Scholars' Panel: Risking Innovation

The Performance Studies Focus Group at the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference invites submissions of papers for its Emerging Scholars' Panel. The theme of the conference is Risking Innovation, and it takes place at the Marriott Marquis, New York, NY, August 8-11, 2009. The ATHE conference this year is held jointly with AATE (American Alliance of Theatre Education).

The PSFG Emerging Scholars' Panel represents an opportunity for researchers to present their work at a major international conference for the first time. Selected Emerging Scholars will be paired with a mentor from the field of Performance Studies who will offer critical feedback on submitted papers in order to help prepare them for presentation at the conference. ATHE PSFG will also provide successful applicants with complimentary registration to the ATHE PSFG Pre-Conference.

Performance Studies locates itself at the boundaries and intersections of scholarly and artistic practice. It embraces aesthetic and academic interdisciplinarity, as well as the challenges, risks, and innovations that are part of such inclusionary practices. Performance also acts as a critical model for theorizing cultural and social action, providing a lens and practice through which technological and cultural innovations can be processed. Having declared itself as variously inter-disciplinary, anti-disciplinary, and post-disciplinary in its earlier years, how do
scholars and practitioners within the now more established field of Performance Studies continue to risk innovation? How do performance-based innovations provoke new methods in scholarship? How do new theories give rise to innovation in analyzing and building performance? What can a focus on innovation and risk reveal about disciplinary and aesthetic
habits? What does such a focus risk obscuring or leaving out?

Submissions to the PSFG Emerging Scholars' panel might engage these disciplinary questions, or a range of others around the conference theme. Papers across performance modes and historical periods are welcomed.
Topics might include:

- contested boundaries between performance, theatre and other artforms
- emergent technologies in performance
- the performance of 'risky history'
- historiographical approaches to performance
- negotiating/ building identity in performance
- risk and innovation in the avant-garde (and in its supposed death)
- performances that put the physical body at risk
- conflict and confrontation in the performance encounter
- performativity and theatricality
- performance, emotion and affect
- complexity, ambiguity and paradox in performance
- performance as debate, negotiation, breakdown

Papers for the PSFG Emerging Scholars' panel should be 8-10 pages in
length (double-spaced). The deadline for submission is Friday 13 February
2009. Please send completed papers (as attachments in Microsoft Word),
with institutional affiliation and contact information, to Elise Morrison
at ude.nworb|nosirroM_esilE#ude.nworb|nosirroM_esilE. Successful applicants will be notified by
the end of March 2009.

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

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