CFP: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Theatre (ATHE)
The Association for Theatre in Higher Education will hold its annual conference at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California, from July 28 to July 31, 2005. As one of the Association’s 23 focus groups, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Theatre Focus Group invites proposals for the conference from scholars, graduate students, artists, and practitioners. You may propose panel sessions with papers, poster sessions, performances, seminars, panel discussions, or alternative formats. Submissions may be either discipline specific or multidisciplinary. We encourage innovation in session content and structure.
The theme for the conference is ABridging Communities: Engaging Creativity. Though we will consider any proposals on LGBT theatre and performance, we are particularly interested in papers relating to the conference theme. Possible topics include:
Popular Culture as a Bridge Between Communities
Burning Bridges: The Productive Disruption of Community
The Positive and Negative Valences of the Term “Community”
Transitional Bodies and the Movement across Gender Identities
Productive Use of Queer Studies in other Fields and Focus Groups
Collaborative Performances or Seminars that Spill into the Streets of San Francisco
Identity, Performance, and Pedagogy: “I Am My Own Methodology”
The Difference Between “Intersections” and “Integrations” of Identities
San Francisco’s LGBT Theatre and its Bridges to the Local Communities
Unpacking Casting: To Ignore, to Shatter, or to Succumb to Stereotypes?
Queering the Relations Between Playwrights and Directors in Production
Bridging Various Real or Perceived Divides: Practice/Theory; Feminist/Queer; Straight/Queer
Local San Francisco History in Relation to LGBT and Pacific Rim Culture
Invisible Bridges: LGBT Culture and its Appropriation by the Mainstream
Bridges Between L and G and B and T; can Q be the Hub among the Bridges?
Round Table with Members of Other Focus Groups on Formation and Contestation of Identity/Community
Queering the Concept of Heterosexuality
Individual Papers and Assistance in Forming Panels: To assist respondents in arranging panels, LGBT will receive 200 word abstracts of individual papers through October 15, 2004. Earlier submission is strongly encouraged. Send the abstract by email to the FG Conference Planner (see name and contact information below). If possible, the Conference Planner will group papers with similar themes and topics and will introduce 3 or 4 respondents to each other through email. The respondents will then be responsible for submitting a panel proposal to ATHE by November 1, 2004. We encourage respondents to attempt to use ATHE’s listserve or the LGBT listserve to develop full-panels before submitting individual papers.
Submission of Proposals: Proposals should offer full panels and, if possible, should be completed online. Visit http://www.athe.org/conf/index.html for forms and directions. The final deadline for all proposals is November 1, 2004. Questions or comments should be sent to the Conference Planner for LGBT.
Focus Group Conference Planner: Wendell Stone (contact information provided below).
Requests for Grants and Passes: All requests for Grants and Guest Passes must be submitted by November 1 and must accompany the panel proposal. Typically Guest Passes are not awarded to persons who are affiliated with a college or university.
Requests for Equipment: Visit ATHE’s website for information on the availability of and associated costs for AV equipment. If possible, please include requests for equipment with your proposal.
Additional Information: Information on membership in ATHE and on conference costs is available at http://www.athe.org/members/index.html and http://www.athe.org/conf/index.html. Further information on LGBT is available at http://www.athe.org/FG/lgt/index.html.
Department of Mass Communication and Theatre Arts
State University of West Georgia
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Carrollton, Georgia 30118
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