CFP: Emerging Scholars ATHE

Curtains Up – ATDS Emerging Scholars Panel (ATHE)
Emerging Scholars Panel – American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS)

The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2013 Conference
Orlando, Florida, 1-4 August 2013
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
“P[L]AY: Performance, Pleasure and Pedagogy”

Paper Due: 1 April 2013
Please note: Emerging scholars must not have previously presented at a major, national conference.

The American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS), in co-ordination with the Latino/Latina Focus Group (LFG) and Black Theatre Association (BTA), is pleased to announce its fifth annual emergingscholars panel, “Curtains Up,” introducing new scholarship in American, Black, Latina/o and Latin American Theatre and Drama. We invite new scholars who have not yet presented at a major national conference to submit papers.

Papers submitted may treat any aspect of United States theatre and drama, its varied histories, traditions, literatures, and performances within its cultural contexts. While all submissions are encouraged, we particularly recommend submitting papers that also address the conference theme: “P[L]AY: Performance, Pleasure and Pedagogy.”

(Please note that the Black Theater Association and the Latina/o Focus Group will also issue calls for emergingscholars whose research addresses African American theater or Latina/o and Latin American theater for participation in this jointly coordinated debut panel.)

To be considered for this panel, please email to Lisa Jackson-Schebetta ( by April 1, 2013:

  • a cover page with your name, paper title, affiliation and contact information
  • your 8-10 page paper (sans name and contact information).

Essays will be evaluated on their originality, the quality of their writing and research, and their critical/theoretical sophistication. Submissions will be vetted by a committee of select ATDSscholars. Two of the essays will be chosen for inclusion on this competitive panel. The selected authors are expected to attend the conference in August to present their papers. Winners will receive a year-long membership to ATDS, which includes subscription to the journal The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, as well as a $200 cash award. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 May 2013.

Contact Lisa Jackson-Schebetta ( with any questions.
For more information on the ATHE conference visit
For more information on ATDS visit
The American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS) is an incorporated organization dedicated to the study of United States theatre and drama, its varied histories, traditions, literatures, and performances within its cultural contexts. ATDS also encourages the evolving debate exploring national identities and experiences through research, pedagogy, and practice. ATDS recognizes that notions of America and the US encompass migrations of peoples and cultures that overlap and influence one another. To this end, ATDS welcomes scholars, teachers, and practitioners world-wide.

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