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|2018 Conference Proposal Process|
ASTR’s 2018 Conference will take place in San Diego at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter from November 15th-18th. We are now accepting proposals from ASTR members who wish to serve as Program Chair(s) for this conference. Details about the proposal submission and selection process, as well as a link to the application, are below.
San Diego’s location on the Pacific Ocean and near the southern border of the U.S. offers ASTR members a unique opportunity to think very specifically about intersections between theatre and themes such as immigration, migration, borders, globalization, multilingualism, climate change, and the natural environment. In addition, the multicultural community of Southern California offers exceptional possibilities for local programming. We therefore invite Program Chair applicants to think creatively about how an ASTR conference can take advantage of San Diego’s particular geographic position and cultural identity through its theme, programming, structure, etc.
The Westin is located in the heart of downtown San Diego’s famous Gaslamp Quarter, only four miles from the San Diego International airport. The hotel is very close to a large variety of restaurants, cafes, and shops, as well as to several major regional theatres and public transportation. It is a fully accessible hotel in ADA compliance, with recently resurfaced surrounding sidewalks, as well as entrances and a layout that are easy to navigate. Our hope is that by choosing a hotel with these conveniences and features it will enable all ASTR members to attend and participate fully in the 2018 conference.
2018 Conference Proposal Selection Process
The Committee on Conferences will select one proposal to present to the EC at or before the annual fall meeting. The timeline for selection will be:
September 16: Initial applications accepted by the Vice President for Conferences.
September 17-30: Applications reviewed and ranked by the Committee on Conferences. If there are multiple proposals, the Committee selects 2-3 applications for final selection process
October 1: Finalist applicants are notified and asked to submit supplementary information. Applicants will be given information (including any concerns/questions raised) from the Committee on Conferences’ initial deliberations to which they may respond.
October 14: Deadline for finalists to submit supplementary information.
October 14-31: Applicants reviewed and ranked by the Committee on Conferences.
November 1: Committee on Conferences makes final recommendation to Executive Committee, for voting at or before the EC meeting held before the annual conference in November.
The Committee on Conferences also encourages applicants to consider how their proposed theme and their approach to conference planning will further ASTR’s explicit charge to promote, support, and feature work by, about, and with under-represented groups, including communities of color, LGBTQ communities, Disability communities, and communities of scholars without regularized institutional support.