During its first 25 years, ATHE has played a crucial role in advancing theatre and performance in higher education in North America. This year's conference pauses to celebrate ATHE's unique impact and to advance these conversations in ways that transcend national borders and disciplinary lines. Theatre necessarily exists in the present, but how does this live moment remember the past and imagine the future? How might we re-imagine the place of performance beyond boundaries of time and space, nation and discipline, practitioner and scholar?
The Latino/a Focus Group of ATHE invites panel proposals or individual paper proposals that address the conference theme broadly or deal with other engaging topics in the field of Latino/a and Latin American theatre and performance. In addition to the traditional format of paper panels, we also welcome alternative and innovative formats that bring together scholars and artists in dialogue (i.e. roundtables, collaborations, stage readings, talkbacks, etc.)
Topics to consider might include:
• Current and imagined futures for Latina/o and Latin American performance in Chicago or other urban sites
• Relationship of bodies to space, memory, trauma, and community
• New Borderlands: Cultural, political, and economic exchanges in fronteras other than the “typical” borderlands
• Performing citizenship: the role of theatre and performance or scholars and artists in articulating citizenship or contesting discriminatory immigration law and practice
• How theatre, dance, cinema, and other body-based practices intersect with dialectics of nation and identity across shifting global terrains and economies.
• The specific ways Theatre for a Young Audience transcends national borders
You are encouraged to use the ATHE-LFG listserv (firstname.lastname@example.org) or ATHE General Membership listserv (email@example.com) in order to circulate panel proposals, paper ideas, to ask questions and to brainstorm ideas. If you are not on the ATHE-LFG listserv and wish to be added, please contact Gregory Ramos (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Panel proposals should be submitted on-line using the ATHE website (http://www.athe.org/conference/sessions) by Nov. 1, 2010. Also send Patricia Herrera (email@example.com) a copy of the submission so that the efforts of the focus group can be coordinated.
For frequently asked questions about session proposals please refer to http://www.athe.org/conference/sessions.
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