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ATHE Theatre History Focus Group (THFG) 2013

Posted By Charlotte McIvor, National University of Ireland, Galway, Monday, September 16, 2013



Call For Papers: 

Theatre History Focus Group (THFG) Sessions

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference

July 24-27, 2014—Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel—Scottsdale, AZ

Submission Deadlines: October 16th (individual papers only; send to Charlotte McIvor at; November 1st (complete panels; go to ATHE at  


ATHE 2014—Dream Acts:

Performance as Refuge, Resistance, and Renewal


The Theatre History Focus Group (THFG) of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) invites proposals for next year’s conference to be held in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Fairmount Scottsdale Princess Hotel from July 24-27, 2014.  Our 2014 conference theme, "Dream Acts: Performance as Refuge, Resistance and Renewal,” actively invites participants to consider the interface between historical and contemporary imaginings through performance- from tracing the changing function of dreams as theatrical trope to considering the multiple histories living beneath the geopolitical landscape of Arizona that we will inhabit together in July 2014. 


In considering how "the conjoining of dreaming to action engages the particular work of performance,” we invite proposals for panels and roundtables, as well as sessions that challenge traditional session formats through performance, workshops or other actions. 


Proposals might engage:

v Production histories as a space of dreaming that chart the shifting role of dramatic texts as a place of rooted imagining over time

v Critical theatre historiography as a strategic methodology for reimagining and challenging linear/limited received knowledges

v The interplay between dreaming and action in the theatre history classroom

v Working with the frame of theatre history as activist strategy in the classroom and beyond

v The im/possibilities of working with gaps in the archive and imaginative responses to archival limits

v The changing role of the imagined relationship between politics, resistance and efficacy as an aspiration of theatre makers over time

v The cross-cultural and intercultural scope of theatrical genealogies that may enhance or limit theatre and performance as sites of shared refuge between/among diverse cultures

We especially invite submissions incorporating transnational or non-Western perspectives and those focused on indigenous performance.  THFG remains committed to giving voice to a diversity of methodological approaches and geographical emphases. 

Tips for submitting proposals:

1..     Complete proposals for sessions (with all presenters assembled) should be submitted directly to ATHE through the website at The deadline for all proposals is November 1, 2013. Please forward a copy of your proposal to THFG Chair and Conference Planner, Charlotte McIvor at

2.     If you would like assistance in panel coordination, please use the THFG listserv ( or Facebook group (ATHE Theatre History Focus Group), or email individual paper proposals to the conference planner at no later than Wednesday, October 16, 2013 (note that the latter option does not guarantee submission/acceptance).

3.     Submissions may be either discipline specific or multidisciplinary. In general, we are interested in panel topics that address the history of theatrical practice, historiography, or the relation of theatre to history in a larger sense. We encourage proposals that include both senior and junior scholars, as well as graduate students. A senior scholar could well serve as a respondent. We also encourage collaborations with other Focus Groups and Committees of ATHE to develop dynamic multidisciplinary sessions. Please see below for specific rules and guidelines for multidisciplinary proposals.


For Theatre History-Specific Proposals If your session addresses primarily theatre history, then choose "Single Focus Group” in the first selection box of the online proposal form. For Session Sponsor, select number 18, "(TH) Theatre History.”  When the selection process begins, all THFG-targeted proposals will be sent to the THFG conference planner. The THFG Executive Committee will rank the proposals, and the conference committee will use those rankings to make final programming decisions. It is not necessary to contact the conference planner before submitting a THFG proposal, but please do forward a copy of your proposal to the conference planner once you have submitted it (see above, Also feel free to contact the conference planner if you have any problems or concerns or if you are curious as to whether or not your proposal is appropriate for THFG.


For Multi-Disciplinary (MD) Proposals: If your session addresses theatre history but is also appropriate for another Focus Group or Committee, consider THFG as one of your target focus groups. You must select 3 targeted Focus Groups or Committees for an MD panel to be considered. To make an MD proposal you must contact the conference planners for each of the targeted Focus Groups/Committees by email before submitting online in order to receive feedback and to make sure the proposals are appropriate for each FG /Committee. If one of your targeted focus groups is not enthusiastic, it is far better to know before submission and perhaps find another FG or committee to increase its chance of being accepted (MD proposals are ranked by each of its affiliated Focus Groups). See for contact information for Focus Group conference planners and Committee chairs.


Special notes for the 2014 Conference:

A. As you assemble proposals for the website, please avoid copying and pasting material from Word to avoid electronic translation errors. Instead, save your document as rich text (.rtf) and copy/paste from Notepad (Windows) or Text Edit (Mac) into the online session proposal form (found at

B. Upon successful completion of a session proposal, the session coordinator should immediately receive a confirmation email from

C. If you plan to use PowerPoint or other projected material, you must request an LCD projector at the time of proposal. While there is a $300 fee, please note that grant requests for technology are strongly encouraged and frequently awarded.

D. It will not be possible to request specific days for presentations. If selected, your session could be scheduled on any day of the conference. Session Coordinators should ensure that all participants know that they should be available for all days of the conference.

E. Participants will be limited to a maximum of two presentations. "Presentation” refers to the act of delivering a paper, serving on a roundtable, or serving in an equivalent role in a different type of session. There is no limit to the number of sessions that a person can Chair or serve as Session Coordinator.


Session coordinators should expect to hear whether or not proposals have been accepted or rejected by mid-March, 2013.


Questions?  Contact THFG Chair/Conference Planner Charlotte McIvor at

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