CFP – ATHE Religion and Theatre focus group

Religion and Theatre Focus Group
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference
August 11–14, 2011, Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

“Performance as/is Civic Engagement: Advocate, Collaborate, Educate”

The Religion and Theatre Focus Group invites panels that address any issues arising from the conference theme.  In addition to the traditional format of paper panels, we also welcome proposals in the form of roundtables, collaborations, staged readings, talkbacks, and more.

The relationship between religion and civic engagement has always been complicated and compelling.  In Washington D.C. late summer 2012, the dialogue between the two will be enhanced and focused during the presidential election. This site-specific conference suggests a number of avenues for fruitful discussion:  What role does religion play in political performance? How might religious performance disrupt or enhance civic engagement?  What are important or difficult collaborations between religious and civic performance?  What have been important sites of advocacy for religion and theatre in the past/the present/the future?

Remember that panels are not just an opportunity to showcase the work of people already active in the field, but also to bring in fresh ideas and new faces.  We encourage you to distribute your CFPs widely and to think creatively about how to engage in new conversations in your sessions.

Submission Deadlines:
Complete Sessions (recommended):
Submit online directly to ATHE ( by 1 November.

Individual paper proposals or session ideas:
Submit to Megan Sanborn Jones ( by 15 October and she will work with you create a complete session.

Multidisciplinary Sessions:
Multidisciplinary (MD) panels must be sponsored by at least three different focus groups. All MD session organizers must contact the conference planners of all three sponsoring groups before submitting their session directly to ATHE by 1 November.

Starting the conversation:
Use the RT listserv ( to find colleagues with shared interests.

Get Started!
Now is the time to begin your own conversations, brainstorming, and calls for participants through the R&T listserv and other venues. If you have any questions or confusion, feel free to email conference planner Megan (  We are looking forward to an exciting and thought-provoking conference in Chicago and hope to see you there.


About Sarah Bay-Cheng

Professor of Theater at Bowdoin College. Co-host for the On TAP (Theatre and Performance Studies) podcast at Editor for the book series Avant-Gardes in Performance (Palgrave). Sporadically blogging about theatre, performance, and digital culture. twitter: @performaddict
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