Emerging Scholars Panel
Religion & Theatre Focus Group
The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2009 Conference
New York, August 8-11, 2009
The theme for the 2009 conference is “Risking Innovation.” Historically, religion has been at the forefront of political revolution, not to mention cultural change. How have theatre and performance coincided with religiously motivated innovation? What are the religious or spiritual components of theatrical, artistic, cultural, political, linguistic, or economical innovation, and what are their performative counterparts?
The religion and theatre focus group invites new scholars who have not yet presented at ATHE to submit papers to the Emerging Scholars Panel that consider how religious and theatrical innovation correspond and overlap. “Religion” and “theatre” may both be conceived broadly to include spirituality, spiritual practice, religion as institution, the theological, drama, performance, and performativity.
What does the phrase “religion and theatre” signify? What is its place in the academy and education? How might “religion and theatre” function as a paradigm for historical or cultural research or risk its own innovations in artistic, performance or spiritual practices? How might religion or spirituality as a way of knowing/seeing create new understandings of what it means to perform in and with a community?
Please send your one page abstract to Claire Blackstock at email@example.com. Include your name, affiliation, the title of your paper, mailing address, phone number, and email address with your submission, as well as a short bio. If applicable, please also specify what AV equipment you will require. The deadline for abstracts is October 21, 2008. You can find out more about ATHE at www.athe.org. We look forward to your submission!
Claire M.C. Blackstock
Graduate Student Representative
Religion and Theatre Focus Group, ATHE
University of California, Davis
2900 Solano Park Circle
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